“I got there because of my hard work and determination”

My name is Tiffany Cater. I had cancer when I was six years old, and towards the end of my treatment I contracted encephalitis, which caused brain damage. I lost my hearing, vision, my walking ability – I was in a wheelchair for two years.

I currently have a developmental disability and a hearing impairment, but I haven’t let that hold me back. After graduating from college I got a job at a day-care centre with the assistance of Community Living Sarnia-Lambton. I started out in a “floater” position, just filling in where they needed me, but eventually they were able to find me a full-time position in the infant room.

Today, I am a regular staff member and do everything every- body else does. By taking advantage of services that were offered in my community, I reached my goals and I am now independent. Even though I needed a little bit of help, I got here because of my hard work and determination.

Find out more about Community Living Sarnia-Lambton’s Summer Employment Transitions.