Divorce: Our Families, Our Friends, Ourselves

Date(s) - May 13, 2016
7:30 am - 8:30 am

The Vancouver Club

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Divorce is everywhere: In every family and community. It is prevalent in both the faith and secular world. It can happen in your twenties after a few years of marriage, or in your sixies after 40 years together.

Whenever divorce occurs it is painful and sad. It often results in grief, shame and a sense of failure. We have a high view of the marriage vows  and very much want marriage to succeed. But we also know that all relationships are somewhere on the continuum between healthy and harmful. We cant deny it happens, nor minimize the human and financial costs to the couple, their families and their friends.

So – what do we say or do when we go through divorce or see our parents , our siblings, relatives and friends navigating their way through a broken marriage? What does love require from us? What does our faith ask of us?

Where do we turn for wisdom,comfort and hope.

Vi Neufeld, a registered Marriage and Family Counselor with over 30 years experience, will join Tom on the panel and together they will look at the world of fractured relationships and trust and steps to restore hope in the future.


7am Coffee before breakfast  – Just for you earlybirds !
Light breakfast from 7:30 onwards
Program 7:45 – 8.30am
Informal discussion time between 8:45 and 9:30am to give more time to this topic

Guest Speaker Viola Neufeld / Interviewed by Tom Cooper

As a coach, educator, therapist and facilitator, Vi champions the use of conflict for personal change, fulfilled relationships and dynamic organization. With thirty years of experience in conflict, Vi is known for turning fractured relationships and broken trust into restored hope with new beginnings. She helps those stuck in conflict to get going again by facilitating necessary and often difficult conversations with sensitivity and care.


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