“Can I ask you a favour: are you busy on Friday? I have a dentist appointment and my bus doesn’t go there. But with the social workers on strike, I can’t get approval for a cab.” Recently, I received this text from Shawna, an artist at our day program, Creative Connections. It was a simple favour that would resolve a complex situation. All week, I found myself looking forward to Friday, to drive Shawna to her appointment.
As the Community Leader, I could have delegated this task. But I felt that Shawna, as a member of my community, was inviting me to go further in understanding what it means to belong in community. I did not want to miss this opportunity.
Building a community is a beautiful and complex concept, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. When I drove Shawna to her dentist appointment, she reminded me that I belong to something bigger than just working everyday at my desk.
And I remind you, today, that you are also part of something much bigger than yourself. Thanks to your continued friendship and support, we’re building a more inclusive Saint John with adults with intellectual disabilities.
Community Leader/Executive Director