On October 17, Trem and I had the wonderful opportunity to share our story not once, but twice to two very supportive audiences in Brandon. We had the opportunity to talk about why we feel this message is important to members of the Brandon SD in the afternoon, meeting some wonderful new people, and reconnecting with someone from both of our pasts, who was instrumental in this story being the positive one that it turned out to be. It was so great to see you Donna!
That evening we also got to share our presentation with community members who came out for the evening thanks to the efforts of Community Living Brandon. It was great to be able to talk about the friendship, the challenges, the heartache and the blessings with not only many familiar faces, but many faces that weren't. Our hope and belief is that each person that hears this story will be touched in some way. Maybe they too will connect with a person they know with a disability. Maybe they'll be a little more understanding of what the families of children with disabilities experience. Maybe they will open their hearts just a crack. Time will tell.
I am honored to have a young man like Trem to do this with. His understanding and passion for this work is way beyond his young years. His honesty and authenticity is appreciated by all who come out I am sure. We're two more fortunate people that Shane managed to bring together to continue to work towards change. Funny how life goes isn't it?
We both really want to thank Community Living Brandon for this opportunity and the organizing that went into it. I know there was a lot of work done to make this happen! Community Living Brandon is a great group of people who are working really hard in Brandon and area to try and make change for people with disabilities. To help families find the resources and support they need, and to help those in the adult world to advocate for things like wage improvements, that will help people with disabilities hire and retain staff that can come to see this as a career, rather than just a job. If you want to know more about some of the initiatives that they are undertaking, please go to their website at http://clbrandon.com/ where you can see upcoming events. You can also get a copy of a letter that can be sent to your MLA's to ask them to look at improving the wages of people who work in the field of Supported Living, so that people who require the support can live good, full lives in their communities! It''s all about inclusion isn't it!
Lynda and Trem are Grateful knowing....
we are so lucky to have this opportunity to share the things we are doing, and the many things we are learning as we continue to work towards inclusion in all areas of the world we live in !