“I’m part of the Friendship Circle. We bring friendship and inclusion to kids with special needs. The best compliment I hear when someone comes to a program is: ‘I can’t tell who’s special and who’s not,’ because that’s the point! It’s the friendship circle; we’re all friends.
In a world that is all about how we’re different, it’s important to find the things that connect us. I started volunteering in high school and I got a tiny bit obsessed!
We moved from Brooklyn to work with the Friendship Circle here in Montreal. They offered us a position because they wanted to expand to supporting the family and the community too, as opposed to just the child, because when an individual has special needs it really affects the whole family. We’ve been doing programs for the parents to make them feel that they are a part of a community that supports them.”