In 1995, when I was 17, the Mike Harris government radically slashed welfare rates. I remember the “Days of Action” and signing petitions to challenge the 22 per cent slash to welfare rates. As my pen touched the paper and my signature floated across the page, I knew in my heart this was a very important issue that would radically impact my life somehow down the line, even though I was not then receiving welfare.

Six years later I was forced to leave an abusive relationship from my high school sweetheart, and due to a spinal cord injury and subsequent quadriplegia, I would have to rely upon social assistance.