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Inquiry Post #1

Inquiry Post #1 FEC
Inquiry questions: Why do some people choose to accept their fate while others try to create their own? Why do we only focus on the tangible in our culture? When is it acceptable to challenge the values of society?

Original text: The Friday Everything Changed

Secondary Sources: Malala Marches Toward the Nobel Peace Prize (from Ms. Shong’s Blog) and Miss Representation Trailer (also from Ms. Shong’s Blog)

The Friday Everything Changed- Shifting the disregard for gender equality

Malala Marches Toward the Nobel Peace Prize Article

The Friday Everything Changed is a short story about one girl standing up for what she believes in, gender equality. A tangible object such as a water bucket, determines the level of capability from boys and girls, men and women. The Friday, when Miss Ralston is picking students to carry the water bucket, Alma Niles suggests that two girls should carry the bucket. The lash backs and cruelty from the boys is apparent and is not taken down a notch until Miss Ralston hits a home run in their daily softball game. Ideas about gender inequality can seem so distant, yet sometimes can also be found right in front of us. Convincing facts that men are stronger or faster than women and stereotypes that cannot be broken down no matter what are the reasons why stories as such are written. They allow us to bust through the barriers and look reality right in the face. Malala Marches Toward the Nobel Peace Prize, a young woman who stood up for what she believes in only to get shot. Miss Representation, a trailer where women speak up about the inequality found in today’s world. In The Friday Everything Changed, girls had accepted the fact that they were less important. They had accepted their fate. I wonder if it was because they knew no better or if being left in the dark all the time took the fight out of them. Either way, today the fire is lit. Women much like Malala and the women in Miss Representation know how to fight and are willing to put everything on the line for a win against society. In my mind, there is no such thing as a good time for change. Women have to make the time to start and continue pushing until there is success. This is unfortunately easier said then done. “They’ll never take away that water bucket,” said Alma, though she wasn’t all that sure. “They don’t care who carries the water as long as it gets carried.” As Alma tried to prove her point, the boys continued turning against her once by one. They certainly cared who carried the water and were not quiet when expressing it. By changing the views on society, Alma not only accomplished her goal allowing girls to carry the water, but also reminded many girls of their worth. People like Alma, Malala and the strong women speaking in the video have created a path for us, the next generation, to follow. They have not always had it easy but never did that stop them. Without standing up for women’s rights and gender equality, I truly do not believe I would have half as many amazing opportunities that I take for granted everyday.

Community Connections Assignment

A few days ago I interviewed a young lady named Kristyn (better known to my family as Krissy). My family has known Krissy since my sister was almost 2 years old and I was a newborn. Having grown up knowing Krissy I’ve seen her in many different roles. For a few years we did swimming lessons together, she babysat us and took my sister and I on many day adventures. A few years ago Krissy took on a role that I believe has truly made her the angel she is today. As Krissy had previously worked (and continues to work) with my sister Kyla who has autism, a role at a gymnastics center for children with special needs seemed to be right up her ally. Krissy works at Club Aviva and is very passionate about building relationships with her clients. She explained to me how rewarding it is for her to watch the progress of her clients over time and ultimately being able to teach and model all that she has learned to the parents or guardians.

From left to right: Kyla (my sister), Krissy and Me (Kelsey) on one of our many day adventures

Advice from Krissy about finding a career working with children or youth with special needs : “If working with individuals with special needs interests you, then figure out what area of focus intrigues you the most. There are many different paths that you can take so figuring out what you are most interested in is important. Another word of advice- patience and flexibility are key attributes. You never know how your day is going to unfold”. However, Krissy stated how rewarding this field is and how much she loves her job.

A video of Kyla, Krissy and other members of Club Aviva singing and dancing 

When I asked Krissy where she see’s herself in 10 years her answer was as follows: “In ten years I see myself running my own consulting company and helping families in need of support to build relationships with their children/youth with special needs”.

A visual of what the other half of the Club Aviva gym looks like

I chose to interview Krissy because she is not only someone who has an amazing job but is truly someone that I admire. She has always been an amazing role model for me and has inspired me to always push myself. I could truly see myself working along side Krissy in the future and learning from all of the amazing experiences she has uncovered. The Club Aviva logo

If you have any questions about Krissy or what she does on a daily basis she is able to answer them via email or phone. I have attached her email here : krissy@clubaviva.ca 

For more information about Club Aviva and to take you to their website, you can click here.

A video Club Aviva created a few years ago focusing on Cerebral Palsy

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