I believe in celebrating small victories.
In October, I met one of the editors of Ottawa Life Magazine. After a brief chat, she informed me that I should write for the publication. A few emails later, I was submitted to submit a draft on a topic of my choice.
I was deeply saddened by the suicide of a 15 year old gay teen who dealt with bullying at his school. I knew of a few organizations that worked with youth but I also wanted to explore other venues where youth could go and look for help.
I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with great organizations who do amazing work for the youth in the community. First, there's Jer's Vision, an organization very close to my heart as I have volunteered with them for the last 3-4 years. I also had the opportunity to talk to a coordinator for for PTY, a youth group at Pink Triangle Services. Finally, I met with Jamie at Operation Come Home, a youth organization that works with homeless and at-risk youth in Ottawa. They offer many services and do such amazing work. It's remarkable.
I am very thankful that my article was published online. Most of all, I am very thankful that I have met and learned about these amazing people who do amazing things. It is my hope that more people will find out about these amazing organizations and will either donate or volunteer.