Living the Island Life
Seann is one of the gentlemen we serve on Vancouver Island. He and his friend Matthew have been roommates for years, living together in a home facilitated by Communitas. Seann and Matthew enjoy doing things together but they also have separate interests. One of Seann’s is riding the ferry.
Every Monday, weather permitting, Seann rides the ferry to Quadra Island, a lovely, 10-minute crossing. He and his support worker walk on the 10:30 ferry and stay on it when everyone else disembarks on the Quadra side. Then he rides the same ferry back to Campbell River and goes home for lunch.
Once a month, Seann and Matthew and staff from their home will drive onto the ferry and go to Rebecca Spit or to the lighthouse for a picnic. Once or twice a year, usually in spring and fall, Seann takes the ferry from Comox to Powell River. This is a full day event and something Seann really looks forward to. When walking off the ferry – especially the Powell River ferry – he can be heard to exclaim “Bye, toot!” – his affectionate reference to the ferry’s horn.
Recently, when Seann took his weekly ferry trip to Quadra Island, a member of the BC Ferries crew invited Seann to join the captain on the bridge and enjoy the view from up top. It was a wonderful opportunity and one that Seann thoroughly enjoyed.
Seann’s story reminds us to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. It also reminds us that the people we serve live an abundant life, filled with opportunities to explore the communities in which they live. We are grateful for dedicated staff and for thoughtful people within those communities who make these experiences possible!