Grow Studios

HUMANS OF OTTAWA

This series focuses on Grow Studios, an Ottawa based enterprise that employs individuals with exceptional needs.

growst6

“I used to have brothers and siblings, but not anymore. I was taken away from my family back to Ottawa by CAS because I was neglected. I was not well taken care of. There are some notes and history that they didn’t take care of me properly and the neighbours got...

growst5

“Working here was kind of going to be a part-time, get through university thing. And it really changed the course of my life. I love working with diverse people and I love that working here doesn’t feel like any two days are really the same. We started as a day...

growst4

“I do volunteering, I do jewelry, art, fitness and I like Zumba class. I’m pretty, I’m fun, I’m nice and I’m shy. I like money. I’m sensitive because of my teeth, and very caring. I care about my family. I’m kind. But I don’t know how I’m kind. I give presents to...

growst3

“I go to my husbands on Thursdays. I’ve been with my husband for 25 years. He comes to visit me every Friday for pizza. I like him so much. He brings me soda and hot chocolate. I will not share him with someone else, I will keep him for myself. Seeing the sun...

growst2

“I’ve been here for a couple of years. I was at the hospital and was not doing well. I used to forget things and run away, that’s why I was at the hospital. Here, I make tables put them together, glue it and do all the finishing. I like the work experience and I love...

grow1

“I answer the phone, I do ink, I do pottery, I do jewelry and I do art. I’ve been working here for 9 years. I like it because it keeps me busy. I used to be a daycare teacher. I taught kindergarten kids, daycare, 4-year-olds and 5year-olds. I’m an adult. It’s my...