"I like spending time with my family and friends, especially my three nephews. I enjoy watching YouTube videos and building Lego's with them. It’s one of the many ways I pass time. Keeping myself busy and being a part of my community is important to me because I don’t like being bored. Volunteering makes me happy; it makes me feel like I am part of my community. I’m a good volunteer because I am kind and determined. I am also very patient, which helps me when I am talking with people. I often must repeat myself so that people understand what I am trying to say. As people spend more time with me, they are better able to understand what I am saying.
These days, I volunteer with Meals on Wheels. They deliver food to people who can’t shop. I help Meals on Wheels sort the food and put everything in the freezer. I even help package the desserts. The other day, I packaged carrot cake. Sometimes if there’s extra I get to have a piece of what they made. Another place I volunteer at is the Temiskaming Lodge, I’m usually there on Thursdays. I get to socialize with the people that live there and keep them company. I help them with little things and play games and cards with them. Everywhere I go, I like the people I volunteer with. I think that more people should volunteer and be a part of their community.
It’s important for me to challenge myself and learn new things. One of the skills I’ve gained that I am proud of was learning how to take the bus independently. I did that through the Life Skills Program with Community Living Temiskaming South. Another challenge that I was excited to take on was getting a job. I now work at Once Is Not Enough, I really enjoy my job. I love seeing all the new the clothes that come into the store and I enjoy dressing the mannequins. I am proud to say that I am good at my job. I know what needs to be done, and I do it. Every shift, I go around the store and make sure that all the mannequins have clothes on them, I check the fitting room for clothes and if they are left out, I make sure to put them away. I also sweep, mop, put wax on the hangers and clothes bars to stop them from squeaking as well as organizing the shoes. I know what is expected of me at work, and I don’t have to be asked to keep busy. My next goal is to be a mentor and help others learn how to take the bus. But first, I’ll have to be a little less busy.
I am thankful for my mom. She didn’t raise me any differently than my other sisters. I think that is one of the reasons why I am more independent than some people who would be in my situation. I am happy that my mom raised me this way; because now I can do stuff on my own just like my sisters. If anything ever happens, my family knows that I am independent and will know what to do. That’s one of the biggest reasons why I can be so busy and be a part of my community."