<![CDATA[Greetings! I'm Scott Savoy; managing editor at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca. Last weekend of June and I'd like to wish all of our Canadian friends a happy Canada Day. Today, I am delighted to share our president's weekly editorial with you and for today Donna J. Jodhan has a personal editorial to share with you. It is all about someone who she considers to be a legend in advocacy. Happy weekend to everyone! +++++++++++++++ A legend in advocacy By Donna J. Jodhan I guess that whoever coined the famous saying that one never really gets to know the real person until it is a bit too late should be recognized. For me, I was again taught this sobering lesson a few weeks ago when I learned of the passing of Mike Yale. I knew that Mike had been a passionate advocate; living his life as he wanted to. No bounds and limits for this man. No stopping him whenever he had set his mind to carry out a mission. No telling him to quiet down; he would only make his opinions known in a louder tone. What little I knew about Mike Yale was this: He was a huge force to be reckoned with in the 70s as he was one of the founding members of the now defunct Boost Organization in Ontario. He served on several boards and sure left his mark as one of the most articulate advocates who was never afraid to challenge authority especially when it came to that of the CNIB. Mike Yale left his mark at all levels; from the confines of meetings ad the Human Rights level to an open town hall in the city where he lived, to a gathering with friends or simply giving advice to someone in private. I was privileged enough to have spoken to him twice when I sought advice from him during the early days of my charter challenge back in 2008. He was frank and decisive, but under all of his bluster I found that there was a very gentle side to him and I used his words to help me chart my course. In addition to his tireless advocacy, Mike was a concert pianist from early childhood carrying this flare well into his teen years and he even graduated with a law degree but chose not to write the bar exams. He was a pig farmer, owner of a pet store, and an avid traveler. His last few years were spent with his wife Marcia in the small town of Huntsville where he continued his advocacy efforts in many ways. He was never far away when it came to voicing his opinions. I do remember him coming down very hard on me with regard to some of my editorials but at the end of the day I knew that this exceptional man only meant well. He did not bear any ill will towards me. He was too much of a person to do this. Mike and Marcia spent their last few years together in total happiness and contentment enjoying each other's company but occasionally taking the time to give feedback to the blind community. They settled in Huntsville and continued their lives in the way that Mike had wanted and Marcia willingly followed. Rest well now Mike Yale and may your advocacy efforts be ones for generations to come to recognize and enjoy. I'm Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and weekend. You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan To reach me, please send an email to email@example.com and I would be delighted to send you an electronic copy of our latest newsletter. Or you can view all of our newsletters at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna's blogs and editorials. Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog A monthly editorial on issues on diversity http://www.diversityintheworkplace.ca Now you can enjoy Donna's detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting http://www.donnajodhan.com]]>
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