“As an Indigenous single mother with no family or friends here, I had no support in London. I learned that there was a Circles here in London. I did some research and reached out. I am now part of Circles London. I love Circles because it’s a great support system that I never really had in life. I started out in Sarnia’s Circle. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about six years ago. I struggle with physical and mental health. London’s Circles has helped me to get back on track mentally and physically. I am back in college, almost done my second year. I am a part of the student committee for the First Nations Center at Fanshawe as well. My future goals are; I want to finish college and go on to University, most importantly to be an advocate and to help the people in my community. I have overcome many things such as intergenerational traumas, traumas of my own, poverty, drugs, alcoholism, and more. I applied for ODSP and got approved. The processes is long for this. So, I decided that I was going to go back to school. I ended up turning down my ODSP once I was approved in August 2017. Even though I have been diagnosed with many things physically and mentally, I chose not to have my labels make me. I chose to live. I chose to be more. I chose to be the best I can be for my daughter and myself. Circles has helped me to be a better mom, a better student and has helped me in many other ways. I would like to say thanks to Tina for having me in your circle and Angela for being my Ally. You guys and members of my Circle support me and my daughter in many ways. You helping me with my daughter who with her special needs can be a handful. You guys have changed our lives and helped shape us. If I can overcome the things I did in my life, anyone can.”