Shooting for Ward 1 Studios a few weeks back, I helped document the Change Foundation’s Young Carers’ Forum, and I met some remarkable people, like Stephane here (also a photographer! Woo!). I’ll leave it to him to describe the event, but first, my love and respect to all the young (and old) caregivers out there.
Stephane: “A few weeks ago The Change Foundation put together a forum for us YCs (young caregivers) and the goal was to: - highlight and discuss the challenges we face taking care of our family members. - the affect that its had on our lives today and will have on our future. - and to network and brainstorm with Ontario programs and foundations so that we can start building awareness to this segment of our population that goes unnoticed.
But it wasn’t all business. We got the chance to meet some really great people. We shared our stories. We confided in each other. And we got validation for the feelings we have taking on the role of a "young caregiver" and honestly...it felt really good. So i feel like i can say on behalf of all those young people in the picture that we're grateful for all the warm hearts that listened us, gave us a chance to meet and make friends with other people that share the same perspective, and are now working with us to raise our voices.
Yall are gems.
Oh and @artnotshame, thanks for the pictures.” - YOU’RE WELCOME! Stay cool Stephane (says the nerd)!