My name is Nadia Julien. I live in the Gentilly area of Bécancour, in the countryside, surrounded by fields and forests. For the past two years, I have been a counsellor for the Moving On program. I learned about this program from my sister-in-law, who is also a counsellor with younger members. Since I was working for more than 11 years with differently-abled adults, I was very familiar with some of the challenges they and their families experience. I first worked in a community organization that provided social integration and recreational services for the differently-abled.
For the past five years now, I have been teaching adults with permanent or persistent learning disabilities on a full-time basis. This work fascinates me because even though my students are different, they are able to move forward with their lives and find their own place. The aim of our school program is to allow students to integrate into society by becoming as independent as possible, which helps improve their self-esteem and self-confidence.
Personally, my work as a counsellor for Moving On allows me to learn more about what families have to do when their child transition into adulthood. I also believe that listening to parents provides them with support and I hope that I can make a small difference in their lives. To all the children of our members, I say keep moving, going to school, making friends and having fun, and you’ll continue to grow!