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Hey, my name is Victoria.

I am a self-advocate with Semiahmoo House.  This is a hard time.  The coronavirus is making me scared but I’m trying to get the positive side.

I finished my Culinary Arts Program (CULA) at Semiahmoo House and love cooking and baking.  I am also trying to find a job through WISE employment program with Semiahmoo House.

When the virus came I was trying to get a job at a bakery but they had to close.  Now I do work labs with WISE on ZOOM to learn about getting a job for when it is safe for me.

Also on ZOOM I took a baking class with Elizabeth and it made me so happy.  We made strawberry shortcake, no bake cookies, cinnamon roll cookies, blueberry muffins and snickerdoodles.

I did many other things on ZOOM also from on-line classes like yoga, dancefit, coffee talk, happy hour and Disney chat.  The best thing on ZOOM was our small groups for Self-Advocates with Nolda.  We got ideas to help seniors.  I wrote cards to them.  I also helped my grandmother in her garden.

I am getting tired of ZOOM!

I really like talking and being with people face to face and now I am starting to go out two days a week with my worker to go for coffee or bubble tea.  We wear masks and social distance.

It was my idea to have a social distancing picnic at a park with my self-advocates small group.  I’m looking forward to it!  I’m thinking of baking some chocolate chip cookies to eat there.

By Victoria Drake

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