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11.19 NEWSLETTER
CONSULTATION | TRAINING | IMPLEMENTATION
BUILDING STRONGER COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING EXPERT GUIDANCE ON INCLUSION OF PERSONS WITH DIVERSE ABILITIES
Hello <<First Name>>,

I have so much to be thankful for. Since starting MERGE in 2018, I have found my charge, what I was meant to do in life. All my experiences, each phase of my career, and the connections I have made along the way, have led me to this mission of building more inclusive communities. Through this journey, I recognize that I wouldn't be here doing this important work without YOU!
I am grateful to everyone that has lent a supportive ear, offered their advice, "liked &  shared", approached me after a training to tell me what a great experience that was, invited me to be part of the conversation, and trusted and invested in my services. 
May we continue to work together for years to come ensuring that ALL belong.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa Drennan

MERGE  Founder
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SPREADING THE WORD OF INCLUSION TAKES DIVERSITY

No matter where you live or what your role, learning about inclusive practices is important for everyone! From the South Shore to New York and Ireland........... MERGE sure did get around this November. As a Keynote, Panelist, Presenter & Trainer, Lisa Drennan was honored to work with Ski Instructors, First Responders, HR Personnel, Child Care Professionals, Camp Staff and Human Service Providers in sharing the word that #inclusionmatters. Join us on this inclusion journey and reach out today to learn how MERGE can help you or your organization to utilize inclusive practices. 

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Does your organization utilize volunteers? Join MERGE Founder Lisa Drennan and the Massachusetts Service Alliance for a workshop giving you the tools and confidence to welcome and support volunteers with Diverse Abilities. Ideal for anyone who supervises or is a peer to volunteers with Autism, Down syndrome, developmental/intellectual or any disabilities. 
There are a limited number of spots available so be sure to register today.
Thank you to our hosts, New England Village in Pembroke MA!
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MERGE FOUNDER PANELIST FOR CHAMBER EVENT

The South Shore Chamber recently hosted a Discussion Panel for members focused on Diversity & Inclusion in the workforce setting. Attendees included Human Resources professionals, business owners and community members seeking to be more inclusive in their practices. Panelists explored how to overcome barriers, understanding the various dimensions of diversity and the many benefits of hiring a diverse workforce. 

Pictured from Left to Right:
Tye Graham, SVP Director of HR Business | Eastern Bank
Lisa Drennan, Founder | MERGE Inclusion Consulting
Shavon Andrews, VP of HR | South Shore YMCA
Ciara Gogan MPC | Ciara Gogan Coaching

WHAT DO YOU LOVE? (ME: MEETING NEW FRIENDS)

One of the joys of traveling around spreading the word about creating inclusive communities is that you get to meet the most facinating people. While taking part in the National Seminar for Inclusion in Dublin this month, Lisa Drennan had the opportunity to meet Fionn and Jonathan Angus of Fionnathan Productions. "Fionn and Jonathan were delightfully charming and interesting, it was an honor to meet them and learn about their journey to change the world", shares Drennan. 
Their company is a media, arts and education collaborative, working to save the world and have fun. Fionn loves everything about his life, and he is interested in what people love. Check out his interviews with people everywhere, from every walk of life, asking the question, "What do you love about your life?" 

QUESTION: What does DIVERSE ABILITIES mean?

ANSWER: Diverse Abilities is a term that encompasses all the different ways a person may interact learn and experience the world around them. MERGE inclusive practices are beneficial for children, teens or adults with Autism, developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities, mental health or social emotional issues - anyone seeking to access community programs with their peer group.
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