Lifestyle | Oct 5, 2012 | 2:50

Human Library Project: Donna-Lynn Wiitala

Donna-Lynn was born with cerebral palsy, and walking has become progressively more difficult for her. She started using a scooter to make it from class to class in her job as a french teacher. She can also use canes or a wheelchair to get around. Donna-Lynn runs her own business as a french tutor, and still finds time to works as an advocate for people with disabilities.

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Lifestyle - Human Library Project: Diana MillerOct 5, 2012 | 2:47Lifestyle Human Library Project: Diana Miller Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Diana Miller Oct 5, 2012 | 2:47Diana is diagnosed with major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder and anxiety. She suffered abuse as a child and began experiencing symptoms of mental illness as a teenager. At her lowest point Diana was suicidal. After the birth of her second child she decided to get help. She now heads a local organization dedicated to supporting people with mental illness.
Lifestyle - Human Library Project: Lenny CarpenterOct 5, 2012 | 1:59Lifestyle Human Library Project: Lenny Carpenter Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Lenny Carpenter Oct 5, 2012 | 1:59A Cree from the James Bay coast, Lenny grew up in Moosonee before moving to Timmins during his high school years. He moved to Thunder Bay three years ago to attend film school. He is currently a journalist with Wawatay News. Growing up, Lenny would take part in the spring goose hunt, an annual tradition in the James Bay area. He tries to maintain this cultural practice while living in urban areas.
Lifestyle - Human Library Project: Chantal BrochuOct 5, 2012 | 2:30Lifestyle Human Library Project: Chantal Brochu Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Chantal Brochu Oct 5, 2012 | 2:30In her job as a litigation lawyer, Chantal is often the face of insurance companies. Most of her work involves cases of personal injury. She says it can be tough to be a young woman in law - still a man's world. Last year Chantal was named one of the city's top 40 under 40.
Lifestyle - Human Library Project: Sabeera AzharOct 5, 2012 | 1:44Lifestyle Human Library Project: Sabeera Azhar Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Sabeera Azhar Oct 5, 2012 | 1:44For a time, Sabeera was the only girl at her current school to wear the hijab. Now seventeen, Sabeera says she's become used to strange looks, questions, and sometimes hurtful comments. But wearing the hijab is her choice.
Lifestyle - Human Library Project: John WalmarkOct 5, 2012 | 3:15Lifestyle Human Library Project: John Walmark Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: John Walmark Oct 5, 2012 | 3:15John's been part of the force for over two decades. For much of that time he was part of the uniform patrol division. But when he wasn't in the police cruiser, he spent a lot of time doing community work. So it was a natural transition to his current job as an officer with the Aboriginal Liaison Unit. The Unit is tasked with bridging the gap between the police force and the Aboriginal population.
Lifestyle - Human Library Project: Mike CroftOct 5, 2012 | 2:47Lifestyle Human Library Project: Mike Croft Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Mike Croft Oct 5, 2012 | 2:47Mike was introduced to marijuana at the age of 8. It was the beginning of a life-long struggle with addiction. He became addicted to drugs including heroin, morphine, and oxys. In 1998 Mike began methadone treatment. After over a decade of treatment, he is now being weaned off methadone. He works at Aids Thunder Bay as an injection drug use outreach worker.
Lifestyle - Human Library Project: Marlene PierreOct 5, 2012 | 2:49Lifestyle Human Library Project: Marlene Pierre Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Marlene Pierre Oct 5, 2012 | 2:49Marlene is a member of the Fort William First Nation. In the 60s she became involved with the Indian Friendship Centre and since then she's dedicated her life to improving conditions for First Nations people in the city, especially women and children. Marlene was involved in founding such organizations as the Ontario Native Women's Association, and the Beendigen Native Women's Crisis House. She's been recognized with the Order of Ontario and the Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Lifestyle - Human Library Project: Aiden KivistoOct 5, 2012 | 2:12Lifestyle Human Library Project: Aiden Kivisto Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Aiden Kivisto Oct 5, 2012 | 2:12Aiden began his transition about three years ago. He recently returned to his hometown of Thunder Bay; before he left, his name was Lea. Aiden is undergoing hormone treatment, and will eventually have surgery. He leads a support group for transgender people in Thunder Bay.
Lifestyle - Human Library Project:  Donna-Lynn WiitalaOct 5, 2012 | 2:50Lifestyle Human Library Project: Donna-Lynn Wiitala Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Donna-Lynn Wiitala Oct 5, 2012 | 2:50Donna-Lynn was born with cerebral palsy, and walking has become progressively more difficult for her. She started using a scooter to make it from class to class in her job as a french teacher. She can also use canes or a wheelchair to get around. Donna-Lynn runs her own business as a french tutor, and still finds time to works as an advocate for people with disabilities.

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