Image Credit: Hugh Wesley
As a child, Nelson Ashkewe was a bit of a handful.
"He wouldn't stay at school," says Community Living's Mary-Ann Peahan. "He'd run home. I think his parents just couldn't cope. He entered an institution at six, and he was in a bunch of them � from Orillia to Kingston to Owen Sound to Penetanguishene � until he was forty-nine."
Nelson walked into Community Living in 1991, wanting to find a place of his own and reconnect with his family. Both dreams have come true. He lives in a one-bedroom apartment, with daily help from Community Living, is back in touch with family and relishes his independence.
"I always thought about my family. Now I go up to Cape Corker to see my nephews play hockey. And I catch a lot of fish. I cook 'em, too, in my frying pan."
Nelson's support workers at Community Living praise his courage.
"This is a guy who coped with institutional life for more than forty years. Now he loves a good laugh, loves to fish and ride horses. He's generous and caring. There's a great movie by Community Living called The Road You Take is Yours. Nelson's in the documentary and that says it all: the road he's taking is his."