This bursary is in memory of Wendy Henderson who was a Family Support Case Manager with 24 years of service with Community Living Fort Erie. Wendy’s passion for the youth of our community was demonstrated frequently as she supported them to overcome barriers to further their education or obtain employment. This bursary is awarded to a young adult who is transitioning from High School. This year’s recipient of the Wendy Henderson Bursary is Kali Sheridan.
Kali is 18 years of age and a student at Fort Erie Secondary School. In September 2013 Kali started her journey to transition from High School to employment and adulthood.
Kali indicated one of her goals was to work with people and help others. She had a successful interview with Gilmore Lodge to assist staff within their day program. In mid September Kali was volunteering 2 half days a week, by December she was helping out 2 full days… and loving it. This March Kali advocated for herself and requested her volunteer placement be increased to 4 days a week throughout the summer. The staff at Gilmore are very happy to have her and value her contributions.
The staff state that “we love having Kali here. She really has connected to the people attending and helps out everyone”. Connie, a participant, states “don’t think you’re going to take her anywhere…she’s great!”
Last year Kali attended “No Means No” and showed a genuine interest in self advocacy. She volunteered to attend meetings and training to be a self advocate facilitator in the future. Kali was also part of this year’s school swim team she attended 6am practices 3 times a week and still maintained her hours at school and her volunteer placement. Kali has worked hard and has shown true commitment. Kali’s transition will continue over the next year and there is no doubt she will continue to be successful!