Real Life Stories

Real Life Stories

Case studies of our partners in Positive Life Change – Heroes in everyday living.

Details regarding clients have been modified to protect their privacy, and the story approved by the client with their permission.

Click to see the detailed information for each real life hero and their story below.

Amy

Read Amy’s story in her own words 

Julie

Parley met Julie when she was seventeen years old living at home with her parents. She was neither working nor attending school. Julie was referred to Parley Services for avoidance behaviours that hindered her social and vocational success. Increasing distress and depressed mood greatly impacted her ability to participate in activities of daily living as well as community participation and social interactions. See More...

Jonathan

Parley partnered with Jonathan when he was in hospital after a prolonged episode of psychosis.  He was diagnosed with ADHD, and despite his very capable intelligence, he received supports for poor adaptive behaviour from an early age.  When Parley’s work was finished, Jonathan was free of psychotic symptoms for more than 2 years.  He was enrolled in college and working toward vocational success. See More...

Max

Max was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at 8 years old as a new immigrant to Canada.  Parley supported him as a young adult to successfully finish college, obtain work and have friends. See More...

Marie

Marie survived an acquired brain injury from a snowboarding accident at the age of twenty-one when she was in the final year of her degree studies.  From facility care to her own apartment, Marie has spent many years working to resume her life in a meaningful way. See More...

Mario

Mario was a 30 year old man who survived a motor vehicle accident that left him with a severe traumatic brain injury and numerous physical injuries.  When he was referred to Parley he had been in a seniors care centre for 6 years, with 2 admissions to a psychiatric hospital for regular aggravated behaviours.  Now he lives independently, happily directing his chosen supports. See More...

Scott

Scott is a gregarious, extroverted and ambitious artist who survived a serious motor vehicle accident at the age of thirty while he was living in Europe.  The injury resulted in quadriplegia, which left him in a wheelchair and with speech challenges.  His Doctors said his life would be spent in a hospital bed.  Now Scott lives in his own apartment with less than 20 hours a week of support.  Scott has been working steadily since 2004 on his goal to walk again and his is able to take steps on a treadmill daily.  Scott is busy with community participation and is planning to travel abroad again with his family. See More...