For Kevin Smith, growing up with a single mother who suffered from blindness was a challenge. Kevin’s mother Mary was born blind, but her lack of sight never prevented her from pursuing her goals. Mary came into this world with a fighting spirit, and went on to instill her zest for life in her children.
She left home at just six years old to attend the Ontario School for the Blind. She recalls the loneliness she felt being away from her family, and the feeling of having her independence taken from her.
“I don’t think I’ve ever dealt too well with having my ‘wings clipped’ – I’ve always thought of myself as a bit of a rebel without a cause, although there must have been a cause in me somewhere,” revealed Mary.
Kevin is able to take solace in the fact that his mother Mary is cared for with dignity in our Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence long-term care home. What makes the Houses so special are the exceptional activation programmes, the sense of community and our home-like environment.
“I think my strength comes from her fierceness to be independent and strong. Although she was a single parent, and blind, that never held her back from setting the bar as high as she could reach,” explained Kevin.
Easter is a time for new beginnings, something that Mary knows a lot about. “Change can be a good thing, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, you just have to have the right mindset going into it,” said Mary.
These things come at a cost, though, and we must find ways to enhance our community over and above what the government provides. That’s where our generous supporters, like you, can make a difference with a donation this Easter. Please remember our residents, like Mary, who deserve a vibrant, thriving home in the Houses.