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Sue Richards
Artist & Social Entrepreneur

July 2007 Publishing Update

I am not well.

Over the course of the last year, my health has slowly but certainly deteriorated to the point where I had to suspend the publication of the 2008 edition (the 7th) of the Breast of Canada calendar.

To date, I'm undergoing tests and am involved in various treatments for a neurologigal disorder. I've suspended 90% of my workload. My friends and community network are helping me stay afloat financially - the self employed artist tends to be tall on creativity but short on disability allowance.

I'm not completely jumping ship just yet. I have placed the full 6 years of archival copies of the Breast of Canada calendar on the order page for those of you that saw Breast of Canada as art. I hope to be filling some orders for the collection. Just click on this link for my secure shopping page.

Please wish me well of this new journey.




Come, join the conspiracy ...
Together, let's conspire!
Shallow breath,
Caught by twentieth century air.
The air of twenty centuries, trapped in our lungs.
Tightened chest,
Labouring lungs,
Straining to enlarge.
Narrow constrictions gripping us,
The narrow passageways of half-thought thoughts,
of half-dreamed dreams, of half-loved loves,
Of half-schemed schemes.
Let go the fortress-held stance of shallowly-breathed patterns.
Breathe deeply now.
Echoes of another call ...
Come and see!
Now ... come and breathe.
Yes! Come join the conspiracy ...
Together, let us conspire!

In the summer of 1981, the U. of Guelph accepted Sue Richards' mature student application for admission to their Social Sciences program. With this single event, Sue's life took an abrupt and permanent shift in a completely new direction. She quit her full time job at a cake decorator in small town Ontario, rented her three bedroom brick bungalow to strangers and said goodbye to her long time high school friends. With her 1979 Pinto packed to the roof, she headed to a single dorm room in South Residence at U. of Guelph. 

"I was terrified. I wasn't sure if I was smart enough. I wasn't sure about much except that I knew I needed to make a change in my life. I stuff myself in that little room and started reading the dictionary every night," she says.

The next twenty years were busy. Sue frequently traveled exploring five continents extensively. She did a three-year stint as Artistic Director of Guelphs' famous Hillside Festival and worked with countless Guelph artists as their manager, agent, grant writer and advisor. In 2000, Sue was honored with a Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture from the YWCA - YMCA. She has juried the Juno Awards, co-written over 50 one-act children's plays and started a community arts program called ART JAM.

ART JAM received a national arts award from the Canadian Council for the Arts and became wildly popular in its short two-year life. However a nasty twist of real estate fate sealed the end of the program and all was lost.

But all had not ended.

Sue began creatively shifting her life course again.

One seed of thought lead to another and the idea for Breast of Canada Calendar 2002 was born. Creative partnerships were forged and the project sprang to life with creative momentum and flair.

"This is definitely the most important undertaking of my life so far. And it appears that I'm ahead of the curve on this one. I'm stimulating a breast health movement in hundreds of circles", she says. "And I'm loving every minute of it"

Contact Sue Richards at [email protected]

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