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Kira: A Passion for Reading

From a young age, Kira has loved to read. She loves to read about people, places, products, animals, and even medications. Her love of reading is a gift she shares with those around her – as she learns new things, so do the people around her. Continue reading

Reaching a 20-Year Milestone

Written by Jesse Schultz.

I don’t know who was more surprised, Frank or Chris, the DSP who was with him when he found out that he had been volunteering for 20 years at the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society. The pair happened to casually ask while Frank was visiting early in January this year. The Humane Society staff looked it up on the computer and astonishingly remarked “20 years, almost to the day!”

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Wayne: A Friendly Face in Town

“The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.”  – Gordon B. Hinckley

Wayne is an active member of his community in Stouffville, always seeking to share his gifts, build relationships, and lend a helping hand. Continue reading

Shanice: Investing in her dreams

“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

ShaniceTwo years ago, Shanice boldly set out to make her dreams come true.  She has spent the last two years completing an Early Childhood Education program at Durham College. She took courses such as Child Development, Prevention of Child Abuse, Ethics, Communications, and Introduction to Exceptionality. Continue reading

Kathie: A Generous Heart

“The greatest good is what we do for one another.” – Mother Teresa

When Kathie DeVries was younger, she attended the 4-H program with her sister, a program that takes a “Learn By Doing” approach to teach youth leadership and life skills. It was there that she discovered, and had the opportunity to nurture, her gift of crocheting, as well as needlepoint.

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David: Sharing the Joy of Music

“Devote yourself to your community around you and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” – Mitch Albom

David has a gift and passion for music. For the past three years, he has graciously shared this gift with others in order to make things better for his community. Continue reading

Caroline: Lending a Helping Hand

“If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.”  – Buddha

Caroline carries the spirit of volunteerism. She fills her days with various volunteering activities, always enthusiastic about helping others in any way that she can. She even takes it upon herself to learn new things in order to do so.

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Carl: Sharing His Voice to Help Others

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

In the true spirit of self-advocacy, Carl recently served a two-year term as a member of the Ontario Advisory Network (OAN) for Christian Horizons, reviewing initiatives and issues related to the Strategic Plan priority to Support People. He examined activities such as a satisfaction survey and occurrence / incident reporting statistics, and kept tabs on the status and growth of various initiatives, all with the intention of having his voice, his insight, and his ideas heard.

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Annie: Climbing Her Mountain

“The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

Annie spent most of her life living in an institution. Moving into a Christian Horizons’ home in the early 90s was a difficult transition for her, opening up an entirely different way of living.

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Amanda: Turning Dreams Into Reality

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Amanda has consistently pushed the boundaries of her comfort zone, daring to make her dreams become her reality and not letting fear or difficulty hold her back. She has worked hard, with persistence and dedication, in order to overcome any challenges she faced in meeting her goals and dreams to grow and to improve her own life.

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