“My name is Sarah J. (she/her), and I’m a volunteer in Surrey Place’s Self-Advocacy Council. We’re a team of volunteers who identify as having a developmental disability and currently receive or have received services from Surrey Place. I first heard about the council while volunteering for Surrey Place’s Symphonic Passion Chorus and I was excited about the opportunity! I saw the importance of self-advocacy and the joy that comes from helping others.
At every meeting, I’ve taken on a leadership role in guiding the conversation. I enjoy making sure that everyone feels included. But overall, the most rewarding part of being part of the Self-Advocacy Council has been working and learning alongside my fellow council members. Our goal is to help people navigate Surrey Place services in addition to creating positive change within the organization.
I believe in the value of one and the power of many – yes, you might be just one person, but you are never alone!”Sarah J.