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Hey, my name is Victoria.

I am a self-advocate with Semiahmoo House. This is a hard time. The coronavirus is making me scared but I’m trying to get the positive side.

I finished my Culinary Arts Program (CULA) at Semiahmoo House and love cooking and baking. I am also trying to find a job through the WISE employment program with Semiahmoo House.

When the virus came I was trying to get a job at a bakery but they had to close. Now I do work labs with WISE on ZOOM to learn about getting a job for when it is safe for me.

Also on ZOOM I took a baking class with Elizabeth and it made me so happy. We made strawberry shortcake, no bake cookies, cinnamon roll cookies, blueberry muffins and snickerdoodles.

I did many other things on ZOOM also from on-line classes like yoga, dance fit, coffee talk, happy hour and Disney chat. The best thing on ZOOM was our small groups for Self-Advocates with Nolda. We got ideas to help seniors. I wrote cards to them. I also helped my grandmother in her garden.

I am getting tired of ZOOM!

I really like talking and being with people face to face and now I am starting to go out two days a week with my worker to go for coffee or bubble tea. We wear masks and social distance.

It was my idea to have a social distancing picnic at a park with my self-advocates small group. I’m looking forward to it! I’m thinking of baking some chocolate chip cookies to eat there.

Written by Victoria Drake, Self-Advocate of Semiahmoo, SAS member, originally published on selfadvocate.net

UNITI is the partnership of three affiliated societies that have provided important community services for decades. Semiahmoo House Society provides quality services and supports to people with disabilities and their families in Surrey and White Rock. Peninsula Estates Housing Society provides affordable and inclusive housing that reflects the diversity of our community. The Semiahmoo Foundation assures that UNITI has the recognition, relationships, and resources to support an inclusive community. Together we’re stronger!

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