Monday, December 18, 2017

Need I say more?

Click pic to view the Parks Victoria Disability Action Plan
The expression on this youngster's face, in a Parks Victoria beach wheelchair says it all, I think. It was taken from the Parks Victoria Disability Action Plan which, I have to admit, I just read as John Kenwright's plans for the next few years.

John is the Access & Inclusion Coordinator at Parks Victoria and that translates into a man who spends a day a week on TrailRider matters and four, thinking about all the access matters that culminate in pictures like this.

Try searching for Kenwright on this blog to see how vital he has been.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People is the tagline that is on the shirt of every Parks Victoria employee. Click on the Like button to encourage them.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

More Advocate thoughts

Click pic to visit Freedom Wizard's (public) Facebook page
I have been talking lately with another person in England who won't be the Advocate we're looking for but might lead me onwards to one.

Writing to this person has made some things clearer to me though as this excerpt from my email indicate - I hope. I have added some links to try and make things clearer.

As I type I realise why this issue, that of Distributorship, may well explain something that has always puzzled me - the difference between the trajectory of the Canadian TR over there (BCMOS-type endeavours) and over here (Parks Victoria, World Parks Congress, IUCN - International Union for the Conservation of Nature) PV's first step was a Distributor.

Soon I shall post about Freedom Wizard, but in the meantime why not look, and Like, on Facebook

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Being an "Advocate" - what's needed?

I want to convey business, that feeling that thee are just too
many things to get done.
Yesterday's post, saw me high on the feeling that someone was about to say yes to being an advocate in England and today, after the email saying no I am posting again, at least partly, to answer that person and let them know that I "get it"

The person that was considering it, though retired, was already heavily (over?) committed and that led me to recollect my first encounter with the TrailRider. In 2009 I was still working, as a computer lecturer, and I was way too busy to advocate. In the middle of 2010 both Ros and I stopped working. I, to be a bit "in your face", because even though I was teaching from a wheelchair I could no longer, safely, use the toilet. Ros, in a remarkably selfless act, could not contemplate other people caring for me with the dedication, and devotion, that she would.

It was not until September that we took Ros' pictures to the Grampians to show David Roberts, the Head Ranger. The rest, as they say, is history. The point of the story is that all this happened, providentially, at exactly the right time in my life. When I had time to devote to advocacy.

So we can refine our English Advocate quest. We are looking for someone who knows they are coming to the end of their working life and is wondering how they might occupy themselves. I might add that being disabled myself has also, strangely, helped. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

A TrailRider Advocate in England?

Yes., there's high country in England
Having been born in England, and having got the idea of what is often called there Rambling in Skye, a Scottish island I have often dreamed of the TrailRider taking off in the UK the way it has in Australia.

This is my baby, if you like. While Ros and John Kenwright pay attention to Australia, only I and TraiilRider Tales pay attention to other countries. 

The idea of this post came from my friend Bronwyn, who I had lunch with today, and to whom I enthused at finally feeling that I was making headway in my quest for a TrailRider Advocate in England.

If you are reading this and think "ah blah-blah might be into that" do not be deterred, by my optimism, in running this by blah-blah and inviting them to watch Wild Places, read some past posts and get in touch