Dragon boating, books and family

The most recent edition of CLBC’s magazine Celebrate Diverse Abilities includes a number of stories contributed by PLAN Members on the theme of “Pride in my Identity”.  Tara Leroux wrote a great piece about the many ways she contributes to her community.

Please enjoy “Dragon boating, books and family”.

There are a lot of things that make me unique. My life is very awesome because I feel part of my community in many different ways.

I joined a book club a few years ago. We meet every week and choose a book together. Every week, we talk about a chapter of the book together. We talk about the characters and a summary of the plot. Sometimes we go on great field trips that relate to the book we’re reading.

I love it because it’s fun, I get to meet new friends and get out and enjoy myself.

I also signed up to dragon boating a few years ago. I go every Saturday from March to June. It is a ton of fun. I love being part of a team, getting exercise in the outdoors and meeting a lot of different people. The festival in June is one of the best parts of it, having fun with my teammates and coaches.

During the week, I work in a daycare centre with children aged 3 to 5. My job is to help out the teachers and kids by preparing snacks. It’s a lot of fun to be around the children.

Another thing about me is that I also love to create art. I recently applied for and received a neighbourhood grant to start up my own monthly art group at my local neighbourhood house so I can get together and work with others who love to create too.

Family is also very important to me, I love to spend time with them when I can, and I visit my father every Sunday, and I help him by bringing him groceries.

These are some of the things that make up my identity and make me proud to be who I am.

Click here to view this story on the CLBC website.

Click here to see the print edition, including Tara’s photo on the cover.

My life is very awesome because I feel part of my community in many different ways.” – Tara Leroux