Meet the Family – March 2020

To celebrate the season of life in March, we would like to introduce Grace Chae and her son Timothy.

Timmy’s passion is music. He is a 19-year-old who loves everything about music from listening to and DJing songs to playing various instruments. His way of communicating and interacting with others is through music, and he frequently participates in social events by playing handbells and singing in his choir. Music and other ways of communicating with other people have helped Timmy overcome his anxiety and further develop his self-esteem.

His dream changes often, but lately he has expressed interest in becoming a film director. He has really enjoyed the opportunity to try out his dream job through the Self Determination Program at CIDA.

As a parent, nothing makes me happier than seeing him learn and grow. Nevertheless, it does worry me to think about the future two years from now when he graduates from school. I am well aware that his opportunity to pursue his passion becomes limited upon graduation.

I am deeply grateful for the support that CIDA provides to the families in helping our children become the architects of their own futures through various workshops and support groups. I am hopeful for a greater abundance of vocational training and opportunities through partnerships between various community organizations, so that all of us, including my son, can meet happier days.