A Personal Reflection: 20 Years with KidsAbility Foundation
A new decade means new possibilities! It continues to be my
privilege to work alongside amazing staff, volunteers and community members
like you who are united in supporting children and youth with special needs and
For me, 2020 is a celebratory year. In January I marked my 20th anniversary since embracing my first role in non-profit with our Foundation in 2000 – and I’ve loved every moment.
Over the years I have been privileged to work personally with our KidsAbility ambassadors and their families, witnessing firsthand their stories of success. One such story that comes to mind is Lauren’s.
Lauren is a young woman with Down syndrome. As a baby, she began receiving physiotherapy services at KidsAbility to help develop her larger muscles for walking. As she grew, she developed finer hand movements with occupational therapy and fell in love with creating crafts. I first met Lauren when, at the age of 11, she became an ambassador for KidsAbility. She was shy at first, but it was important to her to give back to her favourite place. I watched Lauren’s determination to grow her confidence by sharing her story and the impact of KidsAbility in her life. I witnessed a transformation in Lauren as she carried these opportunities in her heart to become a confident, independent young girl.
At 21, Lauren is a cherished employee at Galt View Restaurant in Cambridge and a published author of three children’s books! She continues to give back to KidsAbility through proceeds from her book sales. I feel truly honoured to have played a small part in Lauren’s journey.
As 2020 unfolds, I believe it is our continued responsibility to build a caring community where all children and youth with special needs can thrive. With a collective impact we can provide unlimited opportunities to build brighter futures for all kids with special needs, just like Lauren.