Sarah’s COVID Adventure

Hi everyone. My name is Sarah Burke and I am 22 years old and I have a dog named Coco, a twin brother named Connor (he is a Peace Officer) and I live with my Mom and Dad.

This is my COVID Adventure…
At the beginning of the pandemic, I had to stay home a lot. When I was home, I played Minecraft, Roblox, and Sims 4. I started to check in on family and friends. I still call Jessica and Aunty Michele often to make sure they are ok. For fun, I also did painting, sewing, drumming, and poetry. I was lucky to get new drumsticks.  When some restrictions lifted, I started going for walks with Tara.

We went to lots and lots of parks like Blackie Spit, Crescent Beach, White Rock Beach, Chickadee Loop, and Campbell Valley Park. When we drove to those places, I was the car DJ with my speaker.  Then I was invited to do a video shoot for Uniti and the Self Advocates of Semiahmoo. I had 3 roles. My first character was a Mischievous Space Soldier that watched people and made sure they were socially distancing. I did this by popping out of nowhere and measuring the distance between them with my 6-foot pool noodle.

The second role I had was communicating silently with poster boards and markers at a safe distance. Finally, I showed people how to ask for space politely and rudely during the virus.  Since I became an Allstar from the videos I also got to do a photoshoot to thank the donors of the Semiahmoo Foundation. Next, I took a picture to be placed in a thank you letter to Bonnie Henry.  I have started a new craft project with Mom and enjoyed lots of nice talks. Me and Connor go for rides in his new car.

Me and Dad went on the Spider (3 wheeled motorcycle) and now we are planning to take a vacation in BC together soon. I like it because I get to be the DJ on road trips. Let us keep safe by washing our hands a lot, wearing a mask if you go to stores or places with lots of people.

Give people space (6 FEET) and stay at home when you are sick, please.
Thank you for listening in!
Peace Out!

Written by Sarah Burke, 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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