Mark - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta
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Becoming a community role model

Photograph of MarkMark was homeless and struggling with a number of physical and personal challenges when he took part in the P12 Alberta Supports Homeless Test Centre in 2012.

Mark underwent specialized testing as part of the project. Testing revealed that he had impairments to his memory and executive functioning skills, which were making it difficult for him to maintain competitive employment.

As a result of the project, Mark was successfully housed in 2012 and began receiving Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) benefits in 2013.

Mark has been able to maintain his housing and says that being part of the project gave him some perspective around the issues he faced and helped him to know what he needed to do to better his life.

In 2014, Mark helped organize the “Releasing Our Spirit” campaign, which was a campaign to honour people who have died on the streets of Lethbridge.

Mark also gave a speech for the Social Housing in Action group and community partners, outlining his success and his journey.  Mark is an active peer mentor/Elder at Peak Vocational Services, working with First Nations people.  Teaching Blackfoot to a group of First Nations people with developmental disabilities has made him a strong role model.

Modified: 2015-04-07
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