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    Hi. My name is Shawn. My father passed away about 4 years ago, and although this was tragic and took me some time to overcome, I did and I turned it into a positive thing by using it to push me to succeed and make my father proud. Currently I am the president of the Youth Advisory Committee work at the Windsor-Essex’s Children’s Aid Society, which is a group that advocates for youth giving them the best opportunities for them to succeed. I believe we all have different backgrounds and pasts, but we are all deserving of the chances to become successful in life. Barack Obama put it best: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”. I’m a huge believer that in order to make change, you have to put yourself out there, work hard, persevere, and stay committed. I hope to continue to make positive changes in the lives of youth in care through the Youth Advisory Committee Group. Speaking of change, I owe a lot to the agency for making me and changing me into the person I am today. I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for the agency, I wouldn’t be standing where I stand today. They have provided me with numerous opportunities to succeed such as providing me with a family, a proper education, and always being there for me when I needed it. I’m happy to say that I jumped on the opportunities that they gave me to succeed, and I just want to give the agency a huge thank you for shaping me into the person that I am and the person that I am still becoming.


    Hello, my name is Emily, and the fact that I can say that is an achievement on its own. I was brought into foster care at the age of seven and have been privileged to have only been in one home for the past eight years. The family that I live with has always been encouraging and completely loving; never making me feel as if I wasn't part of the family. When I was brought into foster care I had a severe learning disability. I could hardly read which made every other subject seem impossible. Without the help and encouragement of my foster parents, Cathy and Len, and the learning assistances at my school I would not be where I am today. I went from a student who could hardly read or write to somebody who excels in their school work and can proudly say that I no longer need the assistance of an Individual Education Plan. Some of my goals are to become a nurse, and to be a person that others can look up to. Approximately one year ago I joined the Youth Advisory Committee. Children's Aid has opened me up to many opportunities such as the chance to attend Youth Can in 2014, be sent to leadership camps, and other extracurricular activities like first aid and CPR training. I know that with the help I get from my family, school, and Children's Aid, my future will be a bright and successful one.


    My name is Katherin. I am 19 years old and I am a CCSY youth.  I’ve been with the Children’s Aid Society for 14 years, the last 3 ½ years were kinship. I’ve been involved in multiple groups such as the Youth Advisory Committee and Camera Club. In high school I made the honour roll twice, and I am in my fourth term in my program in Post-secondary with aims of being a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) after I graduate. I have the Children’s Aid Society to thank for my success!


    Hi! My name is Lisa. I'm 15 and in grade 10. I am a crown ward and have been since I was 3 years old, but at the age of 6 my brother, sister and I moved in with my aunt and uncle. Throughout grade 9 I got straight A's and achieved honour roll. I finished the year with an 89.6% average. I also got the certificate of excellence award in geography, science and religion. Besides academics, I am also involved in other activities like concert and jazz band, student council and school sports. I've also started air cadets and hope to get m private pilot’s licence by 18 years old. In the next 3 years I plan to graduate with honours and to be the school prime minister. I began my involvement with the Youth Advisory Committee in August 2015 and I hope to be in it for as long as I can. I recently had the opportunity to go to Toronto two times with this group, one time for the YouthCan conference and the second time for a meeting with the Provincial Advocates Office, Our Voice Our Turn initiative. I’m helping to plan the Province's Child and Youth in Care Day Celebrations for 2016. I have big aspirations in life and I'm thankful for everything that happened in my life and all the people involved including my aunt, uncle, siblings, Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society and the YAC.


    The crowd was silent, and an intense atmosphere was drifting through the air, I watched intently and with more focus than I ever thought I would. Gazing down at the orchestra pit the conductor waved his arms gracefully through the air. The viola player slid her bow across the strings, producing the most beautiful of melodies. Next to her was the pianist. He was older, but his hands didn’t reflect his age. The two played in perfect unison with one another as the dancer on stage was alone, expressing his emotion through his technique and his ability. Combined these three elements made one of the most beautiful performances I had ever seen and probably will ever see.

    Hi. My name is Sebastien. This is what Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society has allowed me to experience, they were able to expose me to the fine arts and the more beautiful things in life, without this exposure and experience I probably wouldn’t have become the man I am today, on my way to university, an electronic music composer, and a man with a taste for art. I can only thank WECAS for this because I love the man that I am today and I know that in the future my taste for the arts will only grow.