by Stella Shepard
Inclusions East Inc. in Montague is a non-profit organization managed by a board of directors. The organization supports individuals with an intellectual disability in eastern PEI as they contribute and participate in all aspects of community life. Clients receive community support, vocational, life enrichment, employment, and residential services.
The Inclusions East organization believes every individual has the right to be self-sufficient, productive, and able to develop to their optimal potential in all aspects of their lives.
“Our guiding principles are respect, inclusion, equality, dignity, self-determination and independence,” says Nancy Anderson, Executive Director.
Kelsey McCormack, a client of Inclusions East, shares her thoughts about how she is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am feeling annoyed and angry because my sister’s wedding had to be cancelled for this year,” says Kelsey. “I was really looking forward to it because it would have been my first time being a bridesmaid. I also miss visiting my mom and family.
“I miss work. I miss my friends at the Kingswood Center and baking. I especially miss my job at Appleseed Daycare. When I entered my work station the kids would say, “Hi Kelsey” in the morning, especially those in the toddler room.
“I am dealing with things the best way I can. I really wish things could go back to normal but I am staying positive and keeping the mindset that things will eventually get back to some kind of normal.
“My advice for other people is to not give up hope. We will get through this together, even though it feels like forever. I believe we will all be okay.”
For more information, visit www.inclusionseast.com.