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OUR STORIES 2018

Brent

Self expression through art has always come naturally to Brent.

He is passionate about creating art, with a special interest to four wheelers, people and abstract design. Brent enjoys using a variety of mediums; watercolour, acrylic, pencil, markers, and he often combines elements.

Brent likes designing unique pieces, working with complicated patterns and combinations of contrasting colours. He enjoys implementing numbers and letters in his art.

Brent’s art is a product of his personality and incredible imagination. He enjoys creating art through K’nex and Lego and recently built a life -size skeleton using K’nex.

When Brent was asked why he enjoys creating art, he responded that it “makes me happy!”

David

The love, dedication and resilience shown by this family has been an inspiration to everyone working with them, especially their Catulpa Community Support Services’ Case Manager.

Bridget, David Senior and sons David and his twin brother are always gracious and thankful. David was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down syndrome when he was born, and since then David Senior has been the primary caregiver of his sons while Bridget works out of the home.

In 2013, David Senior became ill and was diagnosed with COPD and hypertension. He continued to care for David even as his own health deteriorated. In 2017 David Senior was the recipient of a double lung transplant and is currently recuperating at home.

David Junior continues to thrive at home due to the love and care of his family and some supports. He enjoys watching videos on his I-pad and riding his trike. His mobility has increased from a stroller to being able to walk up stairs. He attends school and has achieved a multitude of successes in communication, behaviour, mobility and fine motor skills. David has a wonderfully positive and kind demeanor. We wish him and his family continued success. Congratulations to David and his entire family.

David

The love, dedication and resilience shown by this family has been an inspiration to everyone working with them, especially their Catulpa Community Support Services’ Case Manager.

Bridget, David Senior and sons David and his twin brother are always gracious and thankful. David was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down syndrome when he was born, and since then David Senior has been the primary caregiver of his sons while Bridget works out of the home.

In 2013, David Senior became ill and was diagnosed with COPD and hypertension. He continued to care for David even as his own health deteriorated. In 2017 David Senior was the recipient of a double lung transplant and is currently recuperating at home.

David Junior continues to thrive at home due to the love and care of his family and some supports. He enjoys watching videos on his I-pad and riding his trike. His mobility has increased from a stroller to being able to walk up stairs. He attends school and has achieved a multitude of successes in communication, behaviour, mobility and fine motor skills. David has a wonderfully positive and kind demeanor. We wish him and his family continued success. Congratulations to David and his entire family.

Kaleb

Lindsey and Darren are the wonderful parents of two young children, including Kaleb, who last November received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It’s been a whirlwind of emotions as they press forward on their journey.

Right from the initial diagnosis, Lindsey and Darren have been committed to providing the best for Kaleb and their family. Darren works full-time while Lindsey stays at home managing their family commitments, with all working together as a unit to ensure everyone’s needs are met.

In addition to attending numerous doctor appointments and meetings, Lindsey and Darren attend Kerry’s Place workshops and webinars. They also enrolled in a six-week intensive ASD fundamental training while continuing to juggle everyday family life. Their hard work and dedication can be seen in the smiles of both of their children.

Catulpa is privileged to work with this family, who in only a short period of time, has shown outstanding resiliency, advocacy and compassion. We wish them continued success for the future ahead.

Leland

Leland is an active young man who makes connections with everyone he meets. He loves his sports, especially his favourite hockey team. In addition to being an active “gamer” Leland enjoys making Public Service Announcements and posts them online for his friends and family to see.

This past year Leland has worked very hard to learn the tools and gain the confidence to be successful at home, school and in his community.

Leland’s mother Laura has been a strong advocate for her son to ensure he has the services and the supports he requires. She has worked diligently with the team to learn new strategies and followed through on whatever was asked of her.

“ When my child and I were in a time of near crisis and we needed help the most, Catulpa, and more specifically Colleen, stepped in and bridged the gap between all the team players within agencies, allowing my son and me to become a healthy, positive family unit again,” says Laura.

She is very proud at how well Leland has succeeded this year. Great job everyone & continued success!

Leland

Leland is an active young man who makes connections with everyone he meets. He loves his sports, especially his favourite hockey team. In addition to being an active “gamer” Leland enjoys making Public Service Announcements and posts them online for his friends and family to see.

This past year Leland has worked very hard to learn the tools and gain the confidence to be successful at home, school and in his community.

Leland’s mother Laura has been a strong advocate for her son to ensure he has the services and the supports he requires. She has worked diligently with the team to learn new strategies and followed through on whatever was asked of her.

“ When my child and I were in a time of near crisis and we needed help the most, Catulpa, and more specifically Colleen, stepped in and bridged the gap between all the team players within agencies, allowing my son and me to become a healthy, positive family unit again,” says Laura.

She is very proud at how well Leland has succeeded this year. Great job everyone & continued success!

Kevin

Kevin recently moved to a Supported Independent Living Program within Simcoe Community Services, so the role of his Adult Protective Services Worker (APSW) has come to an end. But not before recognition of Kevin’s long-time involvement with Catulpa Community Support Services.

Kevin began receiving service and supports from the Early Intervention Program as a preschooler before moving to Family Resource Services as a youth and to the APSW service as an adult.

Kevin’s greatest advocate for service and support has always been his mother Shelley. She has kept an extensive history of specialized involvement and supports throughout Kevin’s developmental years. She assists him with maintaining a routine oriented lifestyle and has nurtured him as he became a remarkable citizen.

Since an early age, Kevin has also had a supportive relationship with Martino deS. and his family.

Kevin has assembled kits for the local Health Unit, cleaned weekly at Hillcrest Seniors Lodge and now works at the Orillia Common Roof and Canadian Tire. Kevin has been an active participant in cooking groups and Self-Advocacy programs at Catulpa Community Support Services.

Everyone who knows Kevin is aware of his unique ability to calculate and remember dates. He also has a high level of focus on specific mechanical items, such as sump pumps and garage door openers.

Kevin is a truly remarkable young man. We all wish him continued success.

Rob and Family

Rob introduced himself at a WrapAround Program meeting as “the proud single dad of three boys: Rogen, Phoenix and Raven.”

Rob has come so far with the support of a great team that wrapped around him during his time with the program. Rob brought people to his team from all sectors, including education, community supports and developmental services. He continually built and added to his team and was engaged and enthusiastic at every meeting. Rob knew what supports he needed, when he needed them and was very good at communicating his goals and plans.

Rob, who is hearing impaired, advocated for himself by asking for a note taker during the meetings, so he would not miss anything.

Goals were achieved and team members came and went.  And through it all, Rob continued to build on his strengths and move forward.

Catulpa is fortunate to continue to provide support to Rob and his family through another program.  To quote Rob, “I am in a really good place right now.”

It has been a pleasure to work with Rob and his family of boys. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments as we celebrate you and your family.

Rob and Family

Rob introduced himself at a WrapAround Program meeting as “the proud single dad of three boys: Rogen, Phoenix and Raven.”

Rob has come so far with the support of a great team that wrapped around him during his time with the program. Rob brought people to his team from all sectors, including education, community supports and developmental services. He continually built and added to his team and was engaged and enthusiastic at every meeting. Rob knew what supports he needed, when he needed them and was very good at communicating his goals and plans.

Rob, who is hearing impaired, advocated for himself by asking for a note taker during the meetings, so he would not miss anything.

Goals were achieved and team members came and went.  And through it all, Rob continued to build on his strengths and move forward.

Catulpa is fortunate to continue to provide support to Rob and his family through another program.  To quote Rob, “I am in a really good place right now.”

It has been a pleasure to work with Rob and his family of boys. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments as we celebrate you and your family.