Allyson Tufts

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About Allyson

A celebrated honour’s graduate with the Social Service Worker Program at Loyalist College in 2011, Allyson Tufts has been a dedicated champion for mental health and non-profit care provision in the community. In her remarkable career in service to others, she has untaken various roles such as Campaign Manager for United Way, and Hospice Quinte, where she became a Palliative Care Coordinator, providing support for people suffering life-threatening illnesses.

As part of her role with Hospice, Allyson spent endless hours at the bedsides of palliative patients as they transitioned through the end of their journey. In part of this challenging role, she facilitated several grief support groups for children, youth and adults left to cope in the wake of tragic loss. To further her skill sets and experience, she continued her education with training as a facilitator for Safetalk – (Suicide Awareness for Everyone,) and ASSIST – (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.)

In addition to these pivotal focal points, she also assumed the role of a Co-Facilitator for Canadian Mental Health's Grief program for families who have suffered a loss by suicide. Her passion for helping others continued to thrive as she delved into the world of publishing to share her wisdom and experience. The creative product that emerged from this experience was her children’s book on grief, “Korah’s Butterfly.” Only the beginning of a planned series, this book brings messages of healing and guidance for children through traumatic loss. “Korah’s Butterfly” has a message of hope and healing for all ages.

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Korah's Butterfly

“Korah’s Butterfly” is the story of best friends Korah and Ally. They loved to spend their days laughing and playing at their favourite place. Ally spends much of her time teaching Korah about life and about ever after. One day Ally leaves Korah’s side and goes to heaven. As Korah sits on the dock missing Ally, a beautiful butterfly lands on her shoulder. Korah remembers all of the lessons Ally taught her and realizes this beautiful butterfly could be her.

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Lessons from Behind the Glass

Whether you are about to lace up your child’s skates for the first time or you have a young teen who is coming close to the end of their Minor Hockey career, Lessons From Behind The Glass is the perfect companion to help you through your most crazy moments in the stands. From politics to perspective to passion, this book will help guide you to a balanced and less stressful life in the arena… and keep you laughing along the way!

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"In Allyson’s second book she once again explores her own vulnerabilities and personal experiences to beautifully capture the complexities of love, loss and grief. Her professional background in grief support adds strength and authenticity to her story that will warm your heart and act as a resource for children, and parents of children, who have experienced profound loss that is often hard for a child to understand."

- Korah's Butterfly reader

"An incredibly profound and witty portrayal of the harsh realities that come along with being involved in competitive organized sports and the trials and tribulations along the way. Had me laughing hysterically and holding back tears in the same chapter. Enough said."

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