My journey with Redefin’d started back in December 2016 where I first met Liz and Yasmeen at a Youth Advisory Table. It was an amazing and fun experience. I had the pleasure of helping form what the Redefin'd program should look like and offer. And I have to say that my favorite part was helping them design the logo to the program.
Redefin’d has changed my life. I feel like I finally have a purpose to wake up in the morning instead of staying in bed all day and accomplishing nothing. I love sharing with other people about the new things that I am learning at work, like how to make sourdough bread, ginger beer, jams, ice cream, yogurt, and kefir.
At first, the idea of fermentation was really weird and kind of gross to me. But now I love it! I get so excited to come into work every day and see how my sourdough starter and my ginger bug are doing. I am also learning about how to identify different plants. For example; the mint plant has a square stem. I am also learning how to garden organically. I am learning the ways of the indigenous culture like how to smudge, and the importance of sage. I love coming to work because we always have fun and we actually GET SHIT DONE.
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Working with Redefin’d isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, because you can always come back, however, it is a once-in-a-life time kind of experience. I feel like I can be 100% myself because, they don’t expect me to change. They let me be who I am. The staff aren’t just staff to me and they aren’t just my bosses; they are my friends. They celebrate the little moments in life, not just at work, but also in my personal life. And they take the time to actually get to know me and my story. They treat me as an equal and work side by side with me. Learning what I learn and having fun alongside with me. I looking forward to seeing this program grow and prosper as time goes by.