Books

Dianne currently has two books available:

Overview

At some point in our lives, most of us will encounter adverse experiences in some form or other. These experiences likely interrupt our comfortable and safe daily routines and can be unpleasant and painful.

Could This Be Grace is a powerful story about Dianne’s personal journey through multiple adverse experiences created by raising two boys who died from a devastating, very rare genetic disease.

In the book, she describes many of her experiences as painful, crushing, breath-stealing moments that had a huge impact on her life and the lives of family members.

By reading this book, you will not only learn about the impact and experience of adversity and loss but you will gain wonderful insights on how to become resilient and hang onto hope during troubled times. This book teaches us to ask the right questions and to focus on the things that we are meant to focus on.

The lessons Dianne learned as a result of her situation had a positive impact on her life and reading this book will have a positive impact on your life.

Learn How…

  • Adverse experiences impact our quality of life
  • Asking a simple question helps us see opportunity in the face of adversity
  • The experience of an adverse situation challenges or threatens our identity
  • To regain hope when you are feeling that you have lost it

Uncover In These Pages…

  • Could this be Grace helps us see opportunity in the face of adversity, allowing us to lead rich and productive lives.
  • Recognition and understanding of your personal belief system.
  • How your belief system forms the basis of personal identity.
  • An awareness of what you pay attention to reinforces your belief system.
  • How adversity challenges your belief system and creates discomfort and pain.
  • What the experience of adversity looks like.
  • The impact of adverse experiences on our lives.
  • The problems of practice in education and health care that hold us hostage to adverse conditions.
  • How we can hang onto hope.
  • Contributing factors to being resilient.
  • How we can integrate grief and loss into our daily lives.

For some time now, we have been using the word “inclusion” to talk about our relationship with diversity, and those views are reflected in our behaviours and decisions regarding how individuals with diverse needs are positioned within our communities. As a result, the word has become an educational buzzword, and over time we can see the evolution of its meaning. Dianne believes strongly that inclusion is not a buzzword, but rather an important call to action.

Inclusion: Not just an Educational Buzzword weaves Dianne’s personal journey and stories along with her experience as an educator and influences from researchers to form this necessary and important call to action. If we truly want to live and work in a community that believes relationship and connection are priorities, then we must pay attention to the important lessons of being, knowing and doing within our homes, classrooms and communities. The being piece is the most difficult to understand, and Dianne shows us how to get to being.

Reading this book will assist you in seeing the important personal and systemic transformational changes that are necessary to not only show up as our best selves, but to live and work as compassionate partners with our family, neighbours, colleagues and students.

The time is now, and this call is for you.

Dianne Mcconnell At Table W Book 1