About me

“Who am I?”
“Why am I here?”
“What is my purpose?”

These are questions that have been with me since childhood.

I was born into a very poor family in the Kensington Market, in the middle of World War 2. My parents were able to escape from war torn Europe before the borders closed. Had they not, they would be dead like the families they left behind, and I would not be here. I am grateful for every day, and for all the blessings I have received. Despite many hardships, I was the first in my family to get a university education, and was so proud to become an MSW from the U of T School of Social Work, class of ’69.

A card decorated and given to me by my grandson says a lot. I will share it.

“I asked for strength and G-d gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked for wisdom and received problems to solve. I asked for prosperity and G-d gave me the brains to work. I asked for courage and received dangers to overcome. I asked for love and G-d gave me troubled people to help. I asked for favours and received opportunities. I received nothing I wanted, I received everything I needed. My prayers were answered.”
– Tefilah Corne

Fast forward to today. I have spent a lifetime helping vulnerable people, with great success. I am good at it. I have seen incredible programs and benefits designed to help the vulnerable of all ages and ethnicities and socioeconomic status. I keep up with the latest research and innovation in medicine, mental health and addiction. However, I have also seen people short changed by indifferent bureaucrats and ineffective community resources.

My goal is to share information about innovative and effective ways to help people who need a hand, and also to share information about the good, the bad and the ugly, happening daily.

I have lived the 5 star life from time to time, and am very familiar with the 0 star life as well. Canada has been good to me and I intend to give back. I also have Israeli citizenship and intend to promote programs that can help there as well.

In addition to being a mother of three grown children, a grandmother of four, and a social worker/advocate for the vulnerable, I am also a writer and have two books published. I still love folk music and remain a fan of Gordon Lightfoot, who I first met in Yorkville in the hippie days. I wasn’t acceptable as a full member in the hippie circles because I hated drugs and never used them. Now, as a Jewish grandmother, I am occasionally scorned because I do not make chicken soup.. Nu, had enough for now?

The blog postings will be relevant, I promise, and I welcome dialogue, comments and suggestions.

Lillian Freedman