People's Stories

 
Jo

Anyone that knows me, knows I have a thing for cars and rugby! I am a true Canterbarian that loves the speedway, a fierce game of minigolf and a good pub meal.

I recently celebrated my 56th birthday by taking a drive in a MK1 Zephyr 1955. I sat behind the wheel with much delight and marvelled at the original interior and features. I hold a passion for vintage and classic motor vehicles and frequently point them out on drives and take every opportunity to have a close look at them at car yards or shows.

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I am proud to be where I am today. I’ve found a sense of independence and confidence, but it’s taken me a whole lot of courage to do it! 

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Never give up was a phrase that was bounced around a lot when I was growing up. I am 23 now and that phrase continues to echo throughout my life. With a passionate heart and a strong creative streak, I have a heap of ideas on what I want my future to look like.

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Meet Justin.

If he isn’t working out, he’s working hard.  Justin doesn’t recognise words or numbers, but navigates life using colours and logos. He works at Healthy Harvest in Prebbleton and loves being part of the wider community.

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Meet Todd.

A vibrant 23-year-old who grew up by the beach in New Brighton and loves to explore, the kind of guy who’s almost always smiling.

Growing up he gave his Mum and Dad a hard time because he was always running off to find new things, and a decade later, he hasn’t changed much. He’s super curious and will examine almost every object in a room. He loves his freedom, the feeling of the wind on his face and having lots of room to move.

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Meet Jesse.

A social 27-year-old born in Timaru with a cheeky humour and a strong sense of determination. Jesse was born with cerebral palsy, but he has never let it stop him. He communicates with his dynavox computer, moving a cursor with his knee.

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Meet Abbie.

Abbie is a 20-year-old young woman who was born and raised in Christchurch.  Abbie has a disability and severe epilepsy and has been supported through the Community Living service at Brackenridge full time since March 2018.

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Maya has a stunning smile that lights up the room as she signs enthusiastically to those around her – often giving the thumbs up sign and giggling while wielding the paintbrush with aplomb.

Taking a break from her painting, she runs outside into the dappled late afternoon sunlight to make the most of the surrounding fragrant herbs and flowers, and can’t resist climbing up a nearby tree to get a better view.

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Like many men his age, fifty-seven year old Wayne has already planned and begun his ‘bucket list’.

Having never been in one before, at the top was to take a helicopter trip – Wayne ticked that off on a sunny day in March.

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Meet Abbie and Tracey,

Abbie is a 20-year-old young woman who was born and raised in Christchurch. Abbie has a disability and severe epilepsy and has been supported through the Community Living service at Brackenridge full time since March 2018.

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