“Before I started my student placement at AIM I prepared myself to be the best helper, educator, listener and supporter I could be for each individual in this program. I was so excited to help this area of my community and put my best foot forward every day to ensure they were the happiest and healthiest they could be. Little did I know that they did not need my ‘help’, guidance yes, but definitely not my ‘help’. These individuals have taught me more then I could ever teach them. Their optimism, their confidence, their compassion, their tolerance and patience, their humour and so much more. They have made me realize how precious life is and how much I take it for granted. Each individual in this program has shown me so many things to be thankful for, has brought so much insight and joy to my life, has given me purpose and most importantly has shown me what a true family is about. Each participant, staff member, every family, volunteer and both directors have welcomed me into this family with open arms. They have taken me under their wing to show me the ins and outs of this population, their needs and the capability of a strong community. Adults In Motion has given me the most amazing opportunity I could have ever asked for. I am beyond grateful for the chance to be apart of the AIM family and to help show the world the AIMazing people behind developmental disABILITIES. I would not be the person I am today without them.”
Allison, Sheridan Placement Student
“I came to Canada, as an immigrant from Gambia West Africa. Knowing how important it is to gain local experience, I started looking for volunteer opportunities. This led me to my contact with Community Placement Centre who helped me through the volunteer process. I applied to many places but AIM was the first to positively respond.
I have been volunteering at AIM for a while now and this has been an awakening and inspirational period for me. My late dad was a traditional healer and this work also helps me to reconnect with what he does.
I participant in different activities, from helping in monitoring participants, to playing games, craft work, cooking to doing dishes. This is a beautiful experience for me. People with special needs back home are viewed very differently and there are no such opportunities for them. I am looking forward to sharing this experience someday with authorities of my country and even contributing to working on such projects later in the future in my community back home. AIM staff and participants are amazing.”
Matida, former volunteer at AIM
“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you” – Wayne Dyer.
“Since I can remember, my mom has always had this quote posted on our fridge. This saying truly came to life with me these past few months. During my placement at AIM, one of our participants was injured in a fall at her home. I observed all of the concerned looks, questions and homemade cards that came in and out. When the participant returned, I was truly touched by the warm hugs and happy smiles to see her return to AIM. And I thought, what if we all had the capacity to love this deeply? Without judgement, without question and without ridicule. To be able to love each and every individual for who they are and to be able to empathise so deeply with each individual in any situation. The ability to forgive and forget without holding grudges and loving so deeply… This capability is such a gift that each of us could use more of in this world. So, thank you to AIM for teaching me one of the most valuable lessons I will ever learn, how to truly love and accept.”
Kara, Summer Student Placement
“I love how inclusive and supportive the environment is. I love watching everyone enjoy each other’s company. Today when I left everyone said “Bye! We love you Katie!” – My heart exploded. I have never felt so lucky to be a part of such an amazing group. I can only hope that I had the same profound effect on everyone as they had on me! It was a perfect last day, and I can only hope to see and work with everyone again in the future! Thank you! :)”
Katie, former student placement volunteer
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