100Brokers Members voted and we are very pleased to announce that we will be sending a cheque in the amount of $2,500 to Simonne Durette, Recipient of the 2nd Quarter vote of 2020.

         

Originally born in Manitoba, Simonne Durette is a First Nations young woman who was raised in foster care, and by family members. Sadly, her Mother was not capable of parenting her due to drug and alcohol addiction. Simonne has taken care of her grandmother, who has dementia, every day for the past 13 years, giving up many adolescent activities out of love for the one person she feels deeply bonded with. Simonne was diagnosed with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) as a child and struggled with learning throughout elementary and high school, alongside dealing with many traumas. And yet, she overcame these obstacles graduating from high school when she was 18.

Simonne has struggled with FAS & many major traumas throughout her life, being abandoned by her Mom, and living in foster care. Going to college to study animation is her dream yet she does not have the financial resources to achieve this dream.

Thank you to Laura MacCormack for bringing this Cause to our attention.

Nomination Story
Simonne and I met when she was just 9 years old through Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland mentor program. Originally born in Manitoba, she is a First Nations young woman who was raised in foster care, and by family members. Sadly, her Mother was not capable of parenting her due to drug and alcohol addiction. She took care of her grandmother, who has dementia, every day for the past 13 years, giving up many adolescent activities out of love for the one person she feels deeply bonded with. Simonne was diagnosed with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) as a child and struggled with learning throughout elementary and high school, alongside dealing with many traumas. And yet, she overcame these obstacles graduating from high school when she was 18.

She is now 22 years old and just moved out on her own for the very first time. With everything she was dealt in life, she could have gone down a very different path but Simonne has a beautiful heart and generous spirit, she continues to grow and learn every day. An incredible artist she dreams of going to art school to study animation and have a career in this field. She would be the first person in her family to go to college and it would be an incredible accomplishment. Unfortunately, Simonne does not have the support of her First Nations band financially as she has grown up in BC and her band is through her father who she does not know. She has no financial support to go to school and is currently on government disability assistance. This award would encourage her to take the next big step in her growth and realize her dreams. I am determined to see her life turn around and for her to have the opportunities so many of us take for granted.

Simonne is my Little Sister in the Big Sister program. She has struggled with FAS & many major traumas throughout her life, being abandoned by her Mom, and living in foster care. Going to college to study animation is her dream yet she does not have the financial resources to achieve this dream.

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