Client Stories

Building Inclusion

Visual artist Susan Gibson creates inspirational pieces around the theme of disabilities.

Visual artist Susan Gibson, proprietor of Multiple Things Training and Art Connections Inc., and participant in SEED’s Business Management Training program, recently suffered a huge loss when her beloved husband Randy passed away.

“Having to assume the many skills and qualities he contributed as Office Manager to the business and business plan developed with SEED has been a real challenge. Amid the chaos of my new reality as a widow and the toe-curling fear of running this enterprise alone, the kind faces and voices of SEED have helped assure me that I can indeed succeed, and that I am not alone,” explains Gibson.

“Multiple Things intends to change Canadian Culture by ensuring inclusion of artists and audience with disabilities,” says Gibson, who creates inspirational pieces around the theme of disabilities. But Gibson’s theme for her Art and Text Inspirational Products line also includes visual representations and text of the values and concepts explored in her Respectful Workplace and Valuing Diversity consulting and training.

“Having a business plan provided me a roadmap to refocus with every new development. Being able to transfer the financial management skills to my personal life has been invaluable,” says Gibson.

Frank Atnikov is a Business Counselor with the program and works closely with Susan, providing business support.

…the kind faces and voices of SEED have helped assure me that I can indeed succeed, and that I am not alone.

“I think that the in-class student interaction, the process of writing a business plan to determine the viability of the business idea, and the soft outcomes around improved skill development, self esteem, communication and other interpersonal skills are some of the important points,” says Atnikov.

Gibson plans to enlarge her visual arts practice by expanding exhibition, sales, art publication and teaching opportunities.

As for her connection to SEED and its staff, she is grateful. “They continue to support in every way possible, reinforcing my confidence and decisions.”

For more information, email multiple@mts.net or call 204-897-8423.

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