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I need everyone to know that Madame Vanier makes a difference, I'm living proof!"
Christine Trachy is indeed a very deserving recipient of this year's Roots and Wings Award.
As a young child, Christine was the victim of abuse and was unable to live with her parents who faced their own struggles with mental illness and alcoholism. At the age of six, she was adopted, but as with many children who have suffered trauma at an early age, Christine struggled with adolescence. It was at this time of crisis that Christine entered the residential treatment program at Vanier. Although at the time she did not want to be at Vanier, Christine now acknowledges as she has grown older, how much the staff of Vanier gave to her, "They taught me that I am my own person, capable of achieving all my dreams."
Triumphantly overcoming adversities that she faced early in life, today Christine is a well-adjusted young woman who is indeed pursuing her dreams. Happily married with two daughters, she currently studies at the University of Western Ontario. Her goal is to become a social worker so that she can "give a small piece back to the community of what has been given to me."
Christine takes time out of her busy schedule to volunteer at Vanier, helping children who are now walking the difficult path that she once took. Congratulations on your achievements, Christine, you are an inspiration to us all.