native of Argentina, talked to our support officer who prepared a
description of this very resourceful man.
Matias is 32
years old and is achondroplastic. He moved to Quebec in 2005, coming
from a family where his parents and older sister are of average size.
It was after a trip to Chile where he met some Quebecers that Matias
decided to visit them. Using this occasion, he made his first contact
with the AQPPT and joined as member. He, so to speak, fell in love with
Quebec and decided to start immigration procedures. Montreal has become
his adopted city. In his view, the city's multiculturalism combined
with the openness of its people are very enriching..
As Matias says: "Everyone must make
his own life. It takes great courage when one is different since we do
not start with the same opportunities. The society in which we live
dictates the cultural and social values. Medical follow-ups are
required throughout the life of a little person. One needs to be well
informed, parents must be more vigilant and find the resources for
their child to have everything he needs to live as independently as
possible in a society fully unprepared to greet us. "
It must be said that Matias did not
find the same openness in his country of origin. It was much harder to
find a place in society for people with physical limitations such as
dwarfism. A few years ago, Matias underwent therapy to help him accept
himself better and find the path to his own happiness: the experience
was very beneficial to him.
Not speaking French, he began taking
lessons even before arriving here and then took lessons at the Montreal
School Board to improve his skills.
With training in computers, Matias got
a job in his field. He currently works at Analystik, a small business
firm that specializes in developing financial software. With the help
of the AQPPT, he took the steps to get an ergonomic chair that he
greatly appreciates. Moreover, Matias has continued his education and
is taking courses at UQAM to get a certificate in computer science.
Matias is also an artist. Starting at
age 8, he began developing his talents as a sculptor-ceramist and
whenever he has a moment, he produces works for the sake of creating.
In the long term, he would like to devote more time to this passion.
As you can gather from reading these
few lines, Matias is a multifaceted individual. Although he is rather
reserved, he has managed to develop friendships that are dear to him
and appreciates the social gatherings.
Matias, I hope that you will continue
on your way to happiness. In any case, you are certainly on track.
Through your personality, you give an example of perseverance and
thirst to excel to anyone who takes the time to listen to your life
Francine Boutin, December 2008