An Estevan resident and an organization in the region were recognized recently by the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres' (SARC) Al McGuire Awards.
Estevan Diversified Services participant Darwin Styre was presented with the Life Skills Enhancement Award, which goes to an individual who works hard to achieve their goal of improving their daily life skills. The recipient is somebody who works hard to enhance or develop a talent, masters a skill that enhances their independence, or enjoys activities in the community.
“Darwin worked closely with the staff at Estevan Diversified Services to identify the goals he wanted to set to lead a more active life in the community,” stated his award biography.
“Through attending the Resource Centre at EDS, Darwin learned important life skills that have truly grown his independence and his interest in everything from current events to researching people and places to keeping up to date on pop culture.”
Through his new-found skills, Styre has become much better at keeping in touch with his friends and family. He also loves to converse with people about what he saw on television the night before, or his latest literary discoveries at the Estevan Public Library.
According to a video for his award, he now writes a journal to record his own thoughts, and he enjoys reading novels and books about topics that range from health to the environment.
He's also more confident, and more willing to showcase his sense of humour.
The Redvers Early Learning and Child Care Centre was presented with an Employer Excellence Award in the small business category. The centre has worked closely with the Redvers Activity Centre – a SARC member agency that provides supported employment services to Redvers and the surrounding community.
“The two organizations have had proven success in employing people of all abilities,” the award write-up states. “Both organizations have put the supports in place to ensure people with varying abilities are able to gain meaningful employment in the communities where they live.”
Both sides stated that they have benefitted from the partnership.