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Dave Thomson

Peer Support & Community Outreach Coordinator

Richmond Centre for Disability (Canada)

Since the onset of Post Traumatic Hyper-Irritability Syndrome, a rare form of fibromyalgia in 2000, Dave embarked on a long hard journey. He was facing career setbacks, financial difficulty, strains on family, physical and emotional challenges and most significant of all, pressure from himself. Nonetheless, he made the transition from a very challenging job as a Corrections Officer to pursue his new aspirations in life – to go back to school and retrain for work that goes beyond a paycheck.

Dave has been with the “Richmond Center for Disability” working as the “Public Education Coordinator “since 2010. In his time with RCD, Dave has authored several workshops addressing a wide range of topics that our member’s face daily. He has also been the key organizer for our Invisible Illness Awareness Event now 10 years running.  Dave is also often asked to perform Master of Ceremonies Duties for many of our events each year. Dave has recently had his title changed to “Community Outreach Coordinator” which better suits the efforts he has put forth since coming to RCD.

Dave has established himself as a strong advocate, supporter and educator for the Chronic Illness Community. He has had extensive experience teaching a variety of topics for over 25 years with both military and civilian organizations. He is a lifelong learner and a long-time facilitator/presenter. He is very talented at mixing his past experiences, knowledge, and unique sense of humor to create “one of a kind” training experiences.


Empathy instead of Sympathy Please

Presented by Dave Thomson at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, November 23rd.

A workshop that provides families, partners , friends and co-workers the opportunity to explore more: -- positive -- productive -- proactive and of course: --empathetic ways to live and interact with people who have physical ,mental ,emotional or invisible disabilities. This workshop can provides participants the following takeaways: -- A positive and pro-active discussion of…