When doctors told Jacqueline that her daughter, Isabella, would never be able to read or write, she knew they could prove them wrong. Isabella went to speech therapy and a special school program for the first four years of school dedicated to speech and language. She studied long hours at school and at home, and is now able to read and write at a university level at just 13 years old.
In her free time, Isabella is busy practicing acts of service for others, like baking cupcakes and cakes for local first responders on a monthly basis. “Isabella gives cakes and cupcakes to fire, EMS, and police because they never get a holiday like everyone else and they put their lives at stake every day for our safety,” says Jacqueline.
Isabella also donates her unused toys and clothes every few months to those in need after she started noticing a large population of people experiencing homelessness in her community. “We started collecting food, drinks, personal supplies and clothing for them,” says Jacqueline. “We also got sleeping bags. We do it three times a year but Christmas is Isabella’s favourite as she gives them small gifts. They light up that they are not forgotten.”
As she heads back to school this September, Isabella is most excited about learning new things – and going shopping at the Ajax Thrift Store. Says her mother: “Isabella is so excited to have won and really appreciates the gift certificate.”