Did you know that, at Du Parc School, a student on the autism spectrum, Zacharie, is part of the breakfast program volunteer crew? Through his involvement, he learns ways to be more self-sufficient, make the most of his potential and experience the satisfaction of a job well done.
Here’s his testimonial:
Hi, my name is Zacharie.
A little over a year ago, I shared my journey as a child living with an autism spectrum disorder.
Do you remember my story? It started when I became part of a breakfast program. I even became a volunteer because I missed my friends so much.
I’m still at the high school and guess what? The program is still part of my life four years later.
I really enjoy volunteering, so much so that the experience leaves me feeling happy for days.
My mom says that I interact well with children and that I’m a great help.
I realize that the program has taught me to become more self-sufficient, not just at school, but also in my day-to-day life since I gained more confidence in my own abilities.
I can now operate my dad’s shovel loader.
I never thought I’d be able to do that before.
I shovel the house steps… without anyone asking!
These may be small things, but for me, they are great accomplishments!
I almost forgot… I even eat white cheddar cheese, cheese curds and white chicken chunks now.
I can’t wait to get back to the program!
A big thank you to Zacharie and his mother for sharing this beautiful testimony!