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Community Involvement


Building community and community involvement has always been a passion for Björn
as we cannot survive alone. Here are some examples of his activities.

To assist with personal needs on a 24 hour basis, Björn initiated and saw through the development of a local crisis line in cooperation with the Central Vancouver Island
Crisis Society, and the Cowichan Crisis Line was established.
 http: //www.cvics.ca/

To address the needs for community-building, Björn started an organization with the
purpose of establishing neighbourhood houses as places for people of all walks of life
and cultural backgrounds to meet and gather strength as a community (Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association). This venue was also used as a Youth Centre to
help young people find a place where they can meet, connect and participate in
community projects.
 http://members.shaw.ca/CNHAwebsite/

For about 25 years, Björn has been member of various fire departments. He received
the necessary training and hands-on experience to deal with fires, rescues, medical emergencies, accidents and personal tragedies.  He is part of a regional committee
that coordinates psycho-social response to disasters.
 http://www.cvrdep.bc.ca/

To address the needs of people with mental illness, Björn was one of the founders of a
local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. He initiated and chaired a local Mental Health Advisory Committee which provides liaison between community members
and health services. In addition he conducted programs for peer support and advocacy.

http: //www.cmha.ca

Björn has been very active in the Human Rights movement, particular through Amnesty International, where he has created programs for Human Rights Education. He believes in diversity and the right of people to express themselves, even when their opinion is not the same as his.

Men often isolate themselves when they are struggling. This can become a downwards spiral where they can be destructive on themselves and others. Björn has founded a Cowichan Men’s Resource Centre with others who believe that men need a place to gather where they can be authentic and find the resources they need on their path to becoming better partners and community members.  Björn supports helping men to realize their
gifts and be aware of their shadow side as well.  
http://mkp.org/