November 2018, Waterloo, Ontario.
“Looking back at it, I never really got the chance to be a kid.”
“One thing that gets me every Christmas is the look on my daughter Emily’s face when she gets a present. I try to do 3-4 gifts depending on what my budget is; I get her something she wants, something she needs, something to wear and something to read. She’ll rip off the gift wrap and get right in there.”
“My favourite quote in the world comes from Dr. Who. ‘Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person’. I’m only 25 years old, but I’ve experienced more stuff in my life than any other person I know - age cannot define my wisdom.”
“I was born with spine and kidney issues. My childhood was very difficult because I was constantly teased and picked on in school. My health impacted my friendships because I wasn’t always at school; I would have to get IVs and stay in the hospital for 1-2 weeks at a time. Looking back at it, I never really got the chance to be a kid.”
“I’m looking forward to graduation. I’ve been in university for six years doing undergrad in social development studies and psychology, with a minor in political science. Because I had back surgery in 2016, I can only do so much per semester. This is so important to me because my entire life, I’ve lived in poverty.”
“I want to be the Prime Minister of Canada. I want to change society so that it’s more equitable for everyone. Right now we live in a society where our social assistance programs are residual-based. I get just over $700 for rent, and my rent is $900. I have to dip into my basic needs that's supposed to be for food and the bills so it's hard to balance everything. I’m in quite a bit of debt. It’s been there for a year and the interest alone is $117 a month.”
“When I was in high school, I was given the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award. I started a charity in high school that provided game systems and toys to Grand River Hospital. The GRH has a small children’s hospital so it doesn’t get as many donations. It made so many kids happy.”
“I want to be able to provide for my daughter and give her opportunities that I never really had growing up.”
50% of our profits from the Community Box: Holiday Edition were shared with Brandy, along with our three other partners to help achieve their personal goals.