Episode 5: Terrance and Sean

 

 

Photo: Alejandra Pavez

Sean Irwin

Diagnosed with autism and childhood-onset schizophrenia, Sean has found the perfect fit in his position at the Whitemud Equine Centre. Calling himself a “jack-of-all-trades,” his calm demeanor is appreciated by both the animals he works with as well as his co-workers. After many years of struggling to find employment, Sean has found community, purpose, and joy through his job as well as a sense hope for the future.

“I feel like I’m home now and not like I have holes poked through me. I felt very hollow, and I didn’t felt like I fit in, but now I do.” — Sean Irwin


Photo: Alejandra Pavez

Terrance Jeffery

Thrilled to be working at the Bonton Bakery, Terrance has new aspirations to one day have a career as a baker. Having survived multiple bouts of pneumonia as a child, he was left with cognitive challenges that have impacted his ability to find lasting employment. After years of hardship, barely able to get survive on social assistance, he now has a sense of purpose, value, and an improved quality of life.

“When I’m working, well then I’ve got a sense of purpose type of thing and I’ve gotta get up and do this, gotta do this. So you know it makes me feel a lot better when I’m working than when I’m not.” — Terrance Jeffery


Colleen Irwin

Colleen Irwin is Sean’s mother. She hopes to help Sean build a strong foundation on which to build his future and is very happy he has found so much joy in his work at the Whitemud Equine Centre.

“I know how it feels to watch a boy who is healthy, able-bodied and nice, just wasting away. I didn’t know what to do.” — Colleen Irwin