I was 11 years old when I arrived in Thunder Bay with my family. It was a tough move to make because things in my family were not good and I didn’t know anyone in the neighbourhood where we went. I have had a lot of trauma in my family and many struggles.
Luckily for me I found a place in my neighbourhood that I could go to and get away from my problems. The Evergreen House has been like a second home for me. Over time I began to trust the staff there and was able to open up about my struggles. They have supported me over the years and have helped me learn new skills, connect me to other things in the community and given me the opportunity to just have fun. My first job was as a summer student at Evergreen two years ago, and I continue to volunteer there and mentor new staff.
I have been going there for 6 years and now help out with photography, music events set up, social media and also help keep an eye on things. They have given me a safe place to come to and the staff are always willing to listen to me and get me back on my feet when things get bad. It helps me stay positive and they are encouraging me to finish high school. I can’t say I am perfect, but I am definitely in a better place now than when I came to Thunder Bay. This year I will be finishing high school and with the support of the Evergreen staff I will be going to college and will be the first in my family to have my grade 12.