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First, I’m Deborah and I’m a Teacher’s Assistant

March 3rd, 2021

Deborah’s family and friends taught her the importance of community and helped her learn to recognize her own strengths. Today, she applies these strengths such as empathy, compassion, and care in her role as a Teacher’s Assistant. This year has taught her the importance of putting differences aside and embracing everyone’s unique experiences. Read more below.

Q: What have you learned about community this year?

A: It’s really important. When crises come up you need to be able to put the differences aside to work together. When everyone is going through similar things, the best way to get through it is by sticking together.


Q: What do you think community looks like?

A: Community is being there for people, communicating with people about what they need and helping out as much as you can.


Q: What does community mean to you?

A: Community is important to me because being born with a physical disability, it was the support of my family and friends that helped me grow as a person and in my confidence in myself. Community is the key to developing confidence. It helps us live as the person we were meant to be.


Q: What strengths do you bring to your community?

A: I am sensitive and caring. Being an emotional person allows me to be empathic and know how to handle how people are feeling. I’m a very loyal person because I think everyone deserves the chance to be loved and accepted.


Q: How do you want to be known in the community?

A: I want to be known as a loyal person who is available to support anyone. I don’t want there to ever be a reason that I say to someone, “No, you can’t be my friend”.


Q: How do you think we could create stronger communities?

A: We could create stronger communities by accepting people for who they are, no matter if you don’t agree with them or don’t understand something. We can still love each other despite our differences. You don’t know someone’s story until you take the time to get to know them.


Q: How do you think we can begin to make more inclusive communities?

A: There need to be more opportunities for everyone in the community to feel supported. Everyone has things they deal with and we need to find ways to support all of these different things.


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