Adam and his family

Adam and his family

“In the 1970s I was a physiotherapist at the Glenrose. Many families I worked with then were involved with Gateway Association.

In 1985, when my son Adam was born, it was difficult to get information, resources and medication. Everything was outdated and I did not receive much help.

I contacted Gateway to get help because I wanted answers. I talked to many different people.

My husband Brian eventually became the secretary on the board alongside some cornerstone members of the association.

I went from being able to help others as a physiotherapist, to getting help from Gateway as a parent. The meaning of the word “Gateway” is an open door, going from a closed space to showing the path.

There were many concerned families that were struggling with the realities of life, but they came together to help each other.

In 1986, I felt the incentive to try and push others toward supporting families. Gateway provided a strong foundation.

Gateway members have been facilitators. They have built community capacity for families. Family support is a key element of the organization.

I went from being able to help others as a physiotherapist, to getting help from Gateway as a parent. The meaning of the word “Gateway” is an open door, going from a closed space to showing the path.

Through Gateway people experience similar challenges and connect to other families on the same journey. You need other families for support at one time or another in life.”

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