A full life for Jessica

Grocery shopping is likely one of the more ordinary things any of us does in a week. Pictured here is Jessica Emmons at her neighbourhood grocery store (Photo courtesy of her mother, Maureen).

Jessica is living an ordinary life in her community which includes doing her own grocery shopping, running errands as part of her family responsibilities and working as an entrepreneur selling Avon products.  She does this with the assistance of a support worker who is paid with funding Jessica receives from the government of Ontario.

A story in the Toronto Star, written by Andrea Gordon, recently featured Jessica.  An excerpt from the article follows. To read the full story, see the link further below.

Jessica Emmons is curled up on the flowered couch in her Pickering family room. It’s cold outside on this winter morning, but she’s warm and drowsy under a blanket.

When her mother, Maureen, starts talking about the daily errands ahead, Jessica’s face lights up and she calls out an eager “Hi” as Maureen and support worker Nihal Wahba help her up, into her coat and down the hall to the front door.

Although she has a sore ankle from a recent fall, Jessica can’t wait to get moving: to the pharmacy and the health food store where she knows the employees; a local hotel where staff are regular clients for her Avon products; and then the grocery store where she likes to push the cart . . .

. . . “Jessica loves people and she loves going out” says Maureen, 60. “We created a really full life for her”.

Read more here: Toronto Star Jessica Story

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