Oct 312014

Cross posted to Adult ADD Strengths.

I was very happy to watch the BC NDP’s Health Critic Judy Darcy’s   @DarcyJudy   her Facebook great speech on ADHD in the BC Legislature on the BC Leg live stream Tuesday October 23rd 2014. And tweet excerpts from it throughout the day. It was even more powerful when she mentioned her son had ADHD. Here’s some background on her from her BC Legislature bio.

darcy-Judy photo bcleg 1

In 2003, Judy was honoured with the Council of Canadians Activist of the Year award, “in recognition of outstanding leadership in forging coalitions for the public good on important social issues.”

Oct 262014

Vancouver Parks commissioner Sarah Blyth was and AFAIK still is the only politician to go public with ADHD in North America while in office.

Sarah also helped to get Vancouver city council to be the first city in Canada to declare ADHD Awareness week with me & others in 2011.

Sarah Blyth

She recently did an op ed in the Georgia Straight Oct 21st on why we need to think of ADHD for the other 51 weeks of the year in BC.

Oct 212014

We had a information table at the Brighouse Library in Richmond Friday October 17th for the third annual BC ADHD Awareness Week. Was the second time were were there, we were also there last year and had such a great response we did it again.

We answered Richmond Library patrons questions on ADHD and pointed them to resources, shared our handouts, showed our posters and showcased The Brighouse Libraries ADHD book display.

Thanks to Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group volunteers Andrew, Christopher and Jade in helping to staff the table with me and answer questions on ADHD.

Oct 202014

Charlie Smith, the editor of the The Georgia Straight did an article on the third annual BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014. B.C. ADHD Awareness Week draws attention to attention deficiencies

Its also in the print edition page 18 October 16-23rd 2014.

Here are some excerpts

Another occupation that’s notorious for its deadlines is journalism, which is why Quily suspects that this industry has a higher percentage of people with ADHD than the general population. He also said there are likely plenty of politicians with ADHD, although only one local elected official, Vancouver park commissioner Sarah Blyth, has revealed this publicly.

Oct 202014

I am very pleasantly surprised and very happy to announce that BC is the first province in Canada to proclaim October 2014 as ADHD Awareness Month.

The BC Lieutenant Governor’s office has emailed me the jpeg, a 10 mb jpeg for printing & mailed me a printed colour version. I’m embeding the first two. Please share widely, especially with your media friends.

Jpeg version for the web

Proclamation BC lieutenant governor declares October ADHD Awareness month 2014 first province in Canada to do so

For Printing 10 meg file

Proclamation BC lieutenant governor declares October ADHD Awareness month first province in Canada to do so

In the USA, ADHD Awareness has been declared at the national level for a decade since Senate resolution 370 Recognizing ADHD as a major public health concern and declaring September 7, 2004 National Attention Deficit Disorder Day.

Oct 192014
Vancouver’s News 1130 radio’s Ben Wilson  @benwilson1130 interviewed me on ADHD for the third annual BC ADHD Awareness Week on the start of the week, Tuesday October 14th, 2014. Thanks Ben! Have a listen.

Final BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 Badge with URL

Oct 192014

We were very fortunate to have public opinion polling expert and ex journalist Mario Caneco, who used to work for Angus Reid, and now works as Vice President for Public Affairs at Insights West do a pro bono poll for us for BC ADHD Awareness Week Oct 14-20th 2014. Thanks Mario!

They surveyed 801 BCers on very wide range of questions that I helped co write on British Columbian’s views towards ADHD in adults and children. We got some fascinating results. See the full BC ADHD survey answers.

Oct 122014

Cross posted to Adult ADD Strengths.

CADDAC, The Center for ADHD Awareness, Canada will have it’s 6th annual conference in Vancouver, BC November 1st & 2nd.


Early bird deadline is in 2 days October 14th, don’t wait.

It’s pretty rare to get ADHD conferences in Vancouver, CADDAC is a Toronto based Canadian ADHD organization so it’s meetings are usually down east in Toronto or Montreal, so you might want to check it out because you may not see another one again in BC for a long time. Maybe another decade.

Oct 082014

Cross posted to Adult ADD Strengths. North Vancouver City Council October 6th 2014 has declared October 14-20th as BC ADHD Awareness Week. North Vancouver BC is now the third city in Canada to declare ADHD Awareness Week.

The first city in Canada to do so was Vancouver BC in 2011, then Airdrie, Alberta in 2013. One day our eastern cousins will finally catch up:)

ADHD Awareness has been national in the US since an act of the US Senate in 2004. Still not declared nationally in Canada’s parliament. Or any provincial legislatures.