My mission “is to share some of my experiences with others like me. I hope that my story will help you to discover the “hero” inside of you, and allow you to fulfill your dreams.”

“Remember, a flower that can bloom through adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”


“I am very proud of my independence and how much it has helped me with my self-esteem.”

“In my high school years, I was integrated into more and more regular classes. Not to say that I did not have my fair share of problems, like bullying, and at times the bullying really got to me. [No one should have to experience bullying from others.] It helped to have the support of my teachers and friends” – and I want to help others cope by sharing my experiences.

During my two years at Sault College, in the Community Integration through Cooperative Education, I learned how to do something that you think that you really cannot do. I learned about persistence; how to stay true to your goals; how to accept help from others; and how to achieve what I (and others) thought was not possible.

Allison is a dedicated volunteer of Empower Simcoe as a member of The Empower Simcoe Self Advocates Council.

Jamie Hall, Empower Simcoe

Your story is inspiring and we thank you so much for coming and presenting today.

My Philosophy of Life

“Just a few wise life words for my readers to keep in mind; Beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder and even though we are all different, we are all in this beautiful thing called life together – so think about love before you think about indifference. Also, remember that we are all masterpieces, and have our (own) special gifts to give this world we share.”

Excerpt from the conclusion from Allison’s book “Inclusion is Beautiful”

In my life, “I have learned that inclusion is beautiful. I have made it my life’s mission to promote and advocate for inclusion. I believe that as long as you do your best with whatever you are given, you will truly make a difference. Just remember – we are all unique and have our own talents to show the world. I hope that by sharing some of my experiences, it will help you to discover the “hero” inside of you and allow you to fulfill your dreams, whatever they may be.”

Inclusion means we are able

As you read in the section entitled “My Story”, I have had a life-long connection with Empower Simcoe. Their mission, in many respects, has become my mission. For that reason, I would like to share some of their thoughts about their purpose and role that I too embrace.

Empower Simcoe responds to community needs.

Empower Simcoe Mission Statement

Empower Simcoe responds to community needs through inclusive supports and services that enhance the quality of all lives.

As an organization dedicated to service, we work mindfully to empower individual goals, while treating everyone with respect and dignity.

Our mission is to empower people to lead a full and inclusive life, by providing the highest quality of services. We are a welcoming organization that provides everyone with the opportunity to Be, Belong, and Thrive.

Empower Simcoe Core Values

Respect: We treat everyone with dignity, deserving our full attention and commitment.

Community: We are accepting of all people and give each a voice.

Accountable: We work mindfully to empower every individual’s goals.

Driven: We strive to constantly move forward, while celebrating successes.

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