UNDER CONSTRUCTION...Welcome to Flight of the Dragonfly Foundation
Helping survivors move foreward
Our purpose is to help survivors on the path of change, of healing, of surviving and thriving. Our further
purpose is to help survivors know they are accepted and included in society as a whole. The negative
consequences of surviving are numerous, all consuming, and a place of darkness where we hope to
shed light on paths forward to live one's life, not just survive it. We hope to motivate survivors to move
from living in their victimization to moving forward and living life on their terms; their life, their way. We
do so through motivating change talk, referral to survivor resources, plus social work/social services
with a holistic approach towards relationships and the interconnectedness of the physical,
psychological, emotional and spiritual, to healing journeys for the whole person. Though we may start
with helping Male Survivors and Veteran's with PTSD, that is not the limit of our vision. Our vision is to
be helpers for all survivors to take back their lives, as we develop learn and grow in our capacities to do
100% of all proceeds from merchandise sales below go to operating and maintaining the foundation such that even those with financial barriers may be able to participate.
Who We Are
All members and directors are survivors themselves. Each has distinct stories. Each has faced their own barriers and consequences. Each has moved forward in life and now offers a helping hand to other survivors to reach their own goals, to transform from survivors to thrivers.
Peter: Survivor since childhood; former paratrooper, social worker & social services worker, mission chaplain.
Debbie: Survivor since teens; current business administrator.
Alex: Survivor since childhood; property manager.
What we do:
The dragonfly is internationally seen as symbol of wisdom, change and enlightenment, of metamorphosis and adaptability in life. In Celtic lore it is a symbol of transformation and self-realization. As an Indigenous symbol it is understood as speaking to transformation and self-realization. As such, we chose the Dragonfly as the symbol of what we do, of how we help others gain flight to continue on their own healing journeys. We do not promote one worldview over another, nor dictate or project our individual worldviews onto others...it is your healing journey, we are merely guides to help people find their path, to move forward on their life journeys.
After decades of frontline social service work, outreach mission work, child protection work, and watching the cycles of abuse, trauma, and victimization that is a the cause of many struggles in life, the founder of the Flight of the Dragonfly came to an understanding that a major barrier for people to move forward is the lack of options for people to pursue their own healing journeys as they choose, unconstrained by the individual professional and theoretical perspectives of people in helper roles. A survivor seeks help, is assigned a caseworker or other professional, and the professional decides which theory or intervention is the best fit for a survivor's recovery; a cookie-cutter approach based on the knowledge base of the professional. But survivor experiences are varied, the effects on their lives are diverse, so many survivors start on a path, find it does not answer their needs and concerns, and fall off their healing path, spending their life wandering and relapsing through the revolving door of the helping process, from one helper to another. At Flight of the Dragonfly, we bring survivors and diverse helpers together where each helper respects the role of the other, so that the person seeking change, healing, and moving forward, is the person who decides what path is best for them after seeing what opinions are available. It is the duty of helpers to provide all options, not just those within their respective paradigm. Survivors come to us when they are tired and ready to change from the negative effects of trauma. While we do offer counselling to reach that change stage, when requested, our focus is bringing participants to a retreat where representatives of various healing methodologies also come. Helpers from across the spectrum of methodological options present what they have to offer, and survivors can stay on track by hearing and trying what is presented as options, and, if the option chosen doesn't work for them, trying a different selection without falling back off their path toward change. We do that through a holistic approach. Healing is not about addressing just the emotional, the psychological, the spiritual or the physical, but about each aspect of the whole person through a holistic understanding of our nature as human beings. So we offer all options, we do not reject helpers through any personal bias of what may work or what may not--it is the survivors choice of what helping path speaks to them; it is their journey, our duty is to offer all the options we can. It is our objective to offer diverse spiritual leaders, assorted social work helpers, psychologists, therapists with diverse specializations, a forum for survivors to chat amongst themselves as to how they feel and what they might want--in fact, if the survivor community can imagine it, our objective is to find it and make it available, to make the revolving door a gateway where if one path doesn't work, they are not abandoned back to surviving, left without help or support. Our goal is to help maintain your goal of healing, to help you reach your goal of transformation and personal enlightenment, self-realization.
What we do is help survivors become thrivers, to help people find balance, peace and harmony in life, to live life to their fullest, to see that, yes, they have survived, and now they can go on living.
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started"
Get in Touch
We’re happy to hear from you. Contact us today to learn more about our healing foundation and how you can benefit.
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