Advocacy Intern Tori Pattinson Leaves to Pursue Education
On Friday March 27th, the self advocates, Archways Enterprises employees and staff members of The Arc of Greater Plymouth gathered to say farewell to Tori Pattinson, self advocacy facilitator and mentor. With vocational Specialist Garrett Olson, the self advocates put together a "Roast" themed "where in the world should Tori go", to send Tori off on her planned travels for the summer, before she returns to England to pursue another degree. It was a bitter sweet combination of laughs and tears, with Marie Saldi and Leigh Ann Barry reading a letter that they composed and each individual who wished to speak, giving their thoughts on where Tori should go . Each was a message of appreciation and love.
Some examples were:
"she should go for a massage... because she deserves it." Kevin Lockwood
"she should go to Moscow and learn to speak cow" Marie
"Tori shouldn't go anywhere because we do not want her to leave'" Leigh Ann
It was a truly beautiful illustration of all she has accomplished in her time with us at The Arc. As Tori so gracefully said in her parting speech to them all = "You have proved to yourselves how important it is to speak up and tell your stories. By doing that, you have not only educated others, you have learned how much you can grow ." The love in the room was overwhelming.
The Smart Board on the classroom wall helped with drying the tears . It read:
"Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened!"