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City of Gardens - The Other Side of the Fence (cover) by Patrick J. Schnerch

City of Gardens – The Other Side of the Fence
By Patrick J. Schnerch

This is an account of facts, figures and statistics proving that Victoria is losing their city to mental illness, addiction and homelessness.

The social decay has impacted the economical, public services and affordable housing into a tailspin. Open drug use, panhandling and tent cities in Beacon Hill Park are just the start.

There are 1,242 homeless or unstably housed people in Victoria. Out of the 815 surveyed, 48% said they had drug or alcohol issues, 42% are mental ill while 27% stated they suffered from both.There are 1,500 to 2,000 injection drug users in Greater Victoria, 72% have Hepatitis C and 17% have HIV. There are between 600 to 800 crystal meth users in the region. The homeless count will double by the year 2010 if the is no assertive action to ease these conditions. The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness was formed in 2008. They received a great solution on paper, but have had troubles receiving Federal, Provincial and public support to make things happen. The public has been ill informed causing hostile opposition against innovative new projects to address these problems. Awareness and education is the key.More

 

 

The Peaceful Warrior by Patrick J. Schnerch (cover) The Peaceful Warrior: Memoirs of a Damaged Mind and Soul.
By Patrick J. Schnerch
This is not a conventional book. It is a collection of memoirs and journal entries written during episodes of depression, mania, psychosis, disassociation and alcohol abuse. It depicts the author’s life from a toddler through teenage angst, into a military career and up to his life saving decision to give up alcohol.
Schnerch was finally at his crossroads which left him to either choose to die by his own hands or try one more shot in the dark. Of course, he chose the latter.
He decided to document every broken thought and memory to paper in hopes of discovering the secrets to his inner pain.Brutally honest and poignant, Patrick describes some key factors that may have led him down the road he chose. They are not excuses, but form a picture which the pieces of the puzzle started to fall in place. Schnerch then went full circle and accepted his past. He has since put this behind him and moved into the future.Paperback – $20.00Order by phone:250-386-6690We accept Visa/MasterCard/American Express and PaypalAdd $6.00 For shipping and handling.Deliveries are sent out within 24 hrs.May contact Patrick for pick-up saving on S & H charges. Same phone number.


 

Adrian by Patrick J. Schnerch (cover) Adrian – By Patrick J. SchnerchSummary – Written and published during a psychosis, this rough draft is the author’s way of introducing the subjects of mental illness and alcoholism through a fictional character. This book may be offensive to some for the language and content are for mature readers only. Since being in a psychosis during the writing, the book takes a spin off the author’s own delusions and absence of reality about a murderous rapist on the loose in New York City.
Adrian is a suspect and his failing conditions infringe on his knowledge of past events. The circumstantial evidence is quite prominent, but not acknowledged by Adrian. He soon finds himself in a situation that goes against his morals and beliefs. To protect his safety, he must act against those beliefs to stay alive.
Adrian must find out one way or another if he is innocent or guilty to protect his own sanity. Adrian learns that he has a hidden power that he utilizes to protect himself and his loved ones. Unfortunately, this comes with great consequences.Trade paperback / $27.00Hard cover / $37.00Order by phone:250-386-6690We accept Visa/MasterCard/American Express and PaypalAdd $6.00 For shipping and handling.Deliveries are sent out within 24 hrs.May contact Patrick for pick-up saving on S & H charges. Same phone number.


 

Gillian Shirreff is the poet and lifelong learner whose poetry and essays appear in “Schizophrenia: The Dark Horse“. She writes about the most meaningful things in her life: her relationships, her religion, and her pets… Gillian’s witty poems have made many people smile and laugh, and she received a standing ovation when she read her poetry at the Victoria READ Society’s “Writes of Spring”…

Suzanne Ives
Victoria READ Society

Price: $10.00

* To order a copy of this publication, please contact Ted Slater at: ted_slater@hotmail.com

 


The talent and creativity of Gillian Shirreff is manifested in many ways. Not only is Mrs. Shirreff an original writer and poet, but she also exhibits a gift for finding solutions to human problems…Patricia FitzgeraldGillian’s eloquence as a spokeperson for people who live with pyschiatric disorders arises from her profound belief in the dignity of humanity… read Gillian’s new book and be not afraid to fall in love.Bernice MontgomeryPrice: $10.00* To order a copy of this publication, please contact Ted Slater at: ted_slater@hotmail.com

 

 

Gillian Shirreff’s latest book, ‘From
Your Mouse-in-The- Wall Mrs. Shirreff,’
is coming
out Febuary 23, 2008.Gillian Shirreff received her education at the Emily Carr
School of Art, the Victoria College of Art, and Project
Literacy Victoria. Her ‘struggling’ characters give her
a ray of hope because there was a time when she was also
‘struggling,’ and had few friends. Her high school days
were meant to be happy, but turned out to be traumatic.Upon launching her career as an artist, she found, later
in life, she had good friends. Although her education is
in Art, she has trained herself in the English Language,
and hopes one day to receive a college education. Because
Mrs. Mouse conflicted with her computermouse, when she typed the story, there are typos and Gillian
will sell her first 50 copies for a donation.Price: $10.00* To order a copy of this publication, please contact Ted Slater at: ted_slater@hotmail.com

 

This
booklet is an anthology of poetry, art work, and writings
already printed in the VHES Newsletters over the past five
years. It is not a true publication, but a home-made gift
to persons who are part of the family of friends called “The
Human Exchange”. It is a celebration of the gifts of
persons who live and die on the margins of our society.
Do we care?Will we remember they were here?* To order
a copy of this publication, please contact our Society via
- grandmas@saltspring.com