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Sherri wins independent living award

Sherri Lumbis was just 19 years old when she first came to the Council in 1985 for a vocational evaluation, and then two years later began in the Training Centre. She’s developed remarkable work skills in the years since then thanks to the Council’s work experience, supported employment and Training Centre programs. Today, she works in the Sewing department, where she is a dependable, meticulous worker who takes pride in a job well done.

The Council has enriched Sherri’s personal life as well. She met her husband Dale at the Council, and they celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in 2015. The couple recently moved into a condo owned by Sherri’s sister. The move offered a whole new level of independence—and all the responsibilities that go with it.

Sherri and Dale take turns with household chores like cooking, cleaning, paying bills and buying groceries. Her willingness to learn new skills means Sherri is now able to effectively manage her time, so she can do her share of chores and still enjoy spending quality time with Dale, having friends over for movie nights or just curling up with a good book (romance novels are a favourite).

Sherri loves the independent lifestyle. She includes regular exercise and healthy eating in her daily routine. She walks as often as possible, and occasional outings for bowling or yoga class help keep her involved in the community. Sherri has also learned to lean on family and friends for support during rough times, such as her mother’s death in 2014.

In 2015, Sherri won the Al McGuire Award for Move to Independent Living in recognition of her commitment to learning the skills she needs to live independently. “I can’t think of a more deserving winner of the Al McGuire Award for Move to Independent Living,” says Mark Krasko, Client Services Co-ordinator at the Saskatoon Branch. “She has proven that she can live independently and have a satisfying, productive life, just like anyone else.”

“Sherri is a perfect example of someone who demonstrates that having
a disability does not mean inability.”
- Mark Krasko, Client Services Co-ordinator