Today, December 3rd, marks the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We acknowledge that ableism remains present in our societies, and highlight the importance of ongoing work towards education and inclusion. Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. On IDPWD, we celebrate the challenges, opportunities and abilities to overcome barriers of persons with disabilities. We are grateful for these successes and contributions made to our societies.
Today, we are also excited to introduce you to Leah Pascoe and Jayme Daniels. Leah, who has been with ASK for six years, and Jayme, who has been with ASK for seven years, are the two Coordinators of ASK’s Community Living program, supporting individuals with diversabilities. We sat down with the two of them and Community Living Program Mascot, Trigger, to learn more!
WHAT LED YOU TO BE INTERESTED IN WORKING FOR ASK WELLNESS/THE SOCIAL SERVICES FIELD?
Leah: I am passionate about social work because the principles and values of ASK Wellness and this career connect with my own values. Making a difference in my community is something that drives me everyday.
Jayme: I always knew that I wanted to help people, but I didn’t know in what capacity. After finishing my Human Services Diploma, I applied at ASK and was offered the Community Living Life Skills Worker position. I have stayed with ASK because I love the work culture and stand behind the work we do in the community.
WHAT MAKES YOU MOST PROUD ABOUT YOUR ROLE WITHIN ASK?
Leah: I love knowing that my work makes a positive difference in someone’s life.
Jayme: I’m most proud of the passion I see in our staff and the difference they make in their clients lives.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
Leah: I love anything to do with being in nature. Mountain Biking, hiking and horseback riding are my favorite activities.
Jayme: In my spare time I spend as much time as possible with family. I also like cooking, reading and going for walks.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU JUST CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Leah: My dog Journey and a cup of Chai Tea.
Jayme: I can’t live without chap stick or my boy, Trigger.
CAN YOU TELL US A FUN FACT OR SOMETHING FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Leah: That I have a horse.
Jayme: Winter is one of my favorite seasons. I love ice fishing and skiing.
TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILTIES. IT AIMS TO PROMOTE THE RIGHTS AND WELLBEING OF PWD AND INCREASE AWARENESS. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO GET OUT TODAY?
Leah: That people with disabilities are people. They have the same needs as everyone else and; just like everyone else they need to be treated with dignity and respect.
Jayme: I was given permission to use this quote from a well-known community advocate with diversabilities: “Start making connection with hi; there is a friend in me and a friend in you.”