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Learning Our History

By: Julie Garbutt I was born a twin and I have Cerebral Palsy. My circle of support suggested the advocate program with Inclusion BC would be a good opportunity for me. I didn’t quite believe them and I was hesitant to even go because I was really nervous. There were a lot of new people, and I didn’t know them at all.  One person knew my twin, but not me.

Miss Sassy Pants

By: Madeleine Wieczorek My name is Madeleine Wieczorek.. I have Autism and an intellectual disability. I love to dance and I love everything about Drag, so when UNITI (Semiahmoo House Society) asked me if I wanted to perform as a Drag Queen at a fundraiser I said, “SURE!” My Drag name was Miss Sassy Pants. I dressed up as Lady Gaga and lip synced to her song “Born This Way”

The Kamloops Self Advocate Newsletter September 2023

  Krystian Shaw Publisher We are excited to share some amazing news with you! This September, the Kamloops Self Advocate newsletter will be celebrating a very special milestone. Can you guess what it is? That’s right—it’s our 10-year anniversary! For the past decade, we have been dedicated to sharing stories about disabilities and diverse abilities, and we couldn’t be prouder of how far we’ve come. Our team of editors and

Inclusive Education

By Miranda Orth I had a personal goal to become an assistant bookkeeper. This is my story about my experiences taking a bookkeeping course at Vancouver Island University (VIU). At a self-advocacy meeting, I heard about STEPS Forward, an organization that provides support for people with intellectual disabilities to attend post-secondary education. I contacted them and STEPS Forward connected me with a VIU facilitator and helped me apply for a bursary. I

Functional Neurological Disorder

By: Kristina Bridgen People living with Functional Neurological Disorder, also known as FND, have many daily struggles as it is an invisible medical condition. Let me backtrack here though. What is FND, you might ask? It is where the brain and body send and receive signals incorrectly, which causes many symptoms. In my case, my symptoms are non-epileptic seizures, also known as functional seizures. In the past, I have had

Christmas Time

Written by Michelle Goos When you are on low income it is hard to plan all the things you need to do at any time. But Christmas time is even harder because you want to make sure that you have money for gifts and food and the Christmas dinner, whatever that looks  like to you . For the last 18 years our family always asks for help from the place

Let Go, Let Her Have Her Life

By Michelle Goos (Victoria, B.C.) As a parent with a disability that has a daughter that has a disability, you see your child grow and you grow fonder of them. As a parent, you can look through their eyes at a whole new world. You see things differently; you see new things and all things in a different light as your child sees it. They learn from you because we

My Baby is Not a Baby Anymore

By Michelle Goos My baby is not a baby anymore and is almost grown up. She just graduated from college this past week. She will be busy since she works three days a week at a private school in the kitchen helping with cleanup and etc. She is also in Special Olympics this summer and she is going to the National Games. She is also working to swim the English

My July Schedule

  By: Ron Kalsi My name is Ron. I attend Surrey Connections Monday to Friday. I get there on Handy Dart. I really enjoy my schedule doing gym, bingo, and other fun activities like going to Grouse Mountain with my friends. I like going to new places in the community by bus, train, and sea bus. I went to Lonsdale Quay on Tuesday and I bought my lunch there. On

Home Share Is A Place To Express Yourself

Paul is not afraid to show his colours – literally. Today he is wearing a tie-dyed shirt as well as a hat and shoes that he’s painted. Even his hair has been dyed a rainbow of colours, which he chose specifically to celebrate and support Pride Month. “I like being creative,” he says. “And I like to show support.” Paul has fit right in with Kim and Mark’s family For

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