While I have cerebral palsy and my sister is severely effected we were always provided with the supports that allowed us to move beyond our challenges. Today we both live a rich, active and full life surrounded by friends and family and have accomplished many things. For the past 11 years I have worked with people new to Canada. My work experiences have also contributed many examples of what can happen when barriers are removed. A community in which everyone is able to access what is needed to live a healthy and rewarding life is a community I want to live in. I believe very strongly in taking action towards making this a reality.
Hello! My name is Fitsum – though most people call me Fitz – and I’m proud to call Kitchener my home. I’ve worn a number of different hats in both the public and not-for-profit sector for over 10 years with a focus on health promotion, youth advocacy, and program delivery. I also volunteer with REACH for it, a recreational program for youth diagnosed with FASD, and the Young Carers Project, a research-based community collaborative that is working to mobilize supports for young carers in the Region.
My experiences have helped me understand the different types of barriers to inclusion that many people face. This conflicted with my vision of a community where everyone’s life has meaning and purpose, and so in 2014 I joined Bridges to Belonging (formerly Facile WR) as an independent facilitator to work to that end. Though I had to step away from facilitation last year to finish school, I’m excited to return to BtoBe in this new role. With my ground-level understanding of the organization I look forward to ensuring that facilitators can continue to ‘work their magic’ helping individuals build a life in community.