My Parents emigrated from Ireland to WA in 1992, and I was born in Pinjarra In 1994. I eventually settled in Wickham where I lived with my mum and dad until 2007. I started and completed mainstream primary school in Wickham. The Community grew with me and embraced my abilities. I had a wonderful life in Wickham and made many lifelong friends.
When I first moved to Wickam there were many obstacles. Most of these were to do with accessibility as I have a wheelchair. By the time I left in 2007, lots of changes had taken place. The school, local pool shops and pathways are all accessible just to name a few of the changes. My mum and dad tell me that I am an educator! I am fortunate that I have met some great people along my journey who helped to ensure I could access my community.
When we moved back to Perth In 2007, my Family settled in Port Kennedy as we found a great school called Malibu in the Safety Bay area where I completed my education. I graduated from Malibu School last year. I was awarded the Gary Grey award for my community participation in the school and the wider community.
I was fortunate with the dedication of a wonderful LAC and my parents to receive funding from the Disability Services Commission in Oct 2011. This was the start Sarah’s Journey so Far CAM CAN Standing Strong Together 13 of a great friendship with Cam Can. Marc and Anthea spent a lot of time with me and my mum and dad and they came up with some great ideas. As a result, I have continued to have an active role in my community and have made lots of new friends. Some of the great opportunities that have come my way include being involved on the Youth Advisory Council for the Shire of Rockingham. I am involved in a community garden where I visit weekly. I have four plots where I grow a variety of vegetables and herbs. I go carriage riding once a week at RDA Baldivis. My wheelchair goes on to a carriage. My coach calls me a speedy and the horse is always tired after I have my ride.
This year I became involved with Operation Christmas Child. It is a project where a shoe box is filled with a variety of simple gifts and is then given to a needy child. The boxes are then sent to over 100 countries. This has been a great project for me. I have, with the help of my companions, made up 12 boxes and delivered them to a variety of places in the local community. Lots of people supported me by donating items. I enjoyed going to visit people when they had items for me to collect. I made some new friends through this project and it is something I will continue.
I have had a busy year since I left school. I have had lots of fun. None of this would have been possible without the dedication of Cam Can and my dynamic coordinator and my wonderful team of companions. My family has had experience of several service providers over the years and have finally found with Cam Can what we have tried to achieve for many years: an individualised approach and people that listen and get to know my many abilities.