The perfect recipe for belonging

by Robyn Appleton

“The kindness and respect of the staff at both of the grocery stores makes me feel really good.” -Robyn Appleton

“The kindness and respect of the staff at both of the grocery stores makes me feel really good.” – Robyn Appleton

One of the things that I have been learning over the past three years is how to cook better because it is something I really like doing. I really like looking at recipes and finding new and yummy things to cook. I look for recipes in magazines and cookbooks, but mostly online.

My mom and dad really like the food I cook. Their favourite is a sun dried tomato salad dressing I make. My favourite recipe is chicken parmesan. I also feel good about cooking because it gives Mom a break.

My support worker is helping me with cooking. An important part of cooking involves going shopping to buy the things I need. We work together to make up a list and then go shopping. I used to need a lot of help finding the things I need but now I am very independent.

We have two grocery stores in our small town of Sooke, Village Food Markets and Western Foods. I go shopping at both of them. The staff of both stores always treat me courteously and respectfully.

There are certain staff in each store who expect me to come in and ask me what I am cooking on that day.

Once, I forgot one of the ingredients and the cashier teased me about it and we had a good laugh together.

I did have a problem with one of the cashiers in the store not giving me the right change. My support worker pointed this out and she corrected it immediately. My support worker also talked to the store manager about the incident and he was very caring.

The kindness and respect of the staff at both of the grocery stores makes me feel really good. The way they treat me makes me feel like I belong and am part of the Sooke community.

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