Community Living resident Braden’s Victoria adventure
Braden, a resident of Sources Community Living Residential Programs, went on an overnight vacation to Victoria with his staff Johnny Vantol, in September.
Braden enjoyed riding on the ferry to Vancouver Island and then riding the double decker bus into downtown Victoria. He spent the night at the Sandman Hotel and enjoyed walks to Fisherman’s Wharf, the Beacon Hill Park petting zoo and having a tasty dinner at the Spaghetti Factory.
The next day, Braden met with Keith Baldry from Global Television news and Braden did a mock-up broadcast from Keith’s Legislative studio.
The highlight of the holiday included meeting Premier John Horgan in his office. Braden spoke eloquently to the Premier about having more HandyDART buses for persons with special needs.
“Premier, we don’t have enough HandyDART buses, we can’t get around!” Braden told the Premier. The Premier listened to Braden’s every word.
Braden sat in the Premier’s chair and even found the secret drawer where the Premier keeps a stash of chocolate chip cookies.
The Honourable John Horgan invited Braden and Johnny to question period and even introduced them to the House.
Braden and Johnny then took the Bus back to the ferry terminal and sailed back to Tsawwassen, enjoying a delicious dinner along the way.
It was a very action-packed, 2 day-1 night Victoria adventure.
“It is so important for our clients to have dreams, and for someone to help them achieve these dreams—even if they are small dreams—like going to Victoria and having a meeting with the Premier,” said Vantol.
Sources Community Living Residential Programs provide all-encompassing care for residents who have been referred to Sources through Community Living British Columbia. Located in Ladner, Cloverdale and White Rock, these homes care for adults with developmental disabilities and/or autism who require assistance in their day to day lives. Staff assist residents to participate in all aspects of daily living in order to ensure residents have a good quality of life. Elements of support may include health, recreation, social, employment, volunteering, and connection to community. Learn More