Participant Testimonials

Caitlin O'Doherty

I’ve finally had the opportunity to participate in many new, exciting experiences that I probably wouldn’t have without the Trails programme. Since coming to Trails, I’ve overcome my trust issue and hate for people in general. During my time at Trails, I’ve met some great friends that really care for me. It’s been a really long time since I’ve felt this worthwhile. I’ve built many new skills and friends here at Trails. It just feels so nice to know so many people care for you.

Caitlin O'Doherty, Year 1 Participant

Andre Brown

Thanks to your contribution, I am able to sleep in bunk beds and get boots or gloves if I am in need. During the time I’ve been at Trails, one of the challenges I have overcome is doing my solo, swimming in the lake and skating. At Trails, I have learned to become a leader, respecting others and their needs. What I like about the staff is that they’re fun to talk to and hang out with. Personally, what I like about Trails is that it’s fun and it helps to learn more about yourself and your peers.

Andre Brown, Year 2 Participant

Jonathan Cater

I am able to experience, learn and accomplish new goals and challenges, and have fun. I’m able to make new friends and create new bonds. At Trails, I’ve learned how to properly deal with conflicts and how to deal with problems effectively. This is important because we deal with conflicts all the time. Thank you for giving the opportunity to let people have a positive space outside of home and allows people to have fun and feel safe.

Jonathan Cater, Year 3 Participant

Latoya Reid

Being at Trails has created opportunities for me to expand my communication skills, my problem solving skills, and my leadership skills during the four years at Trails. Before I came to Trails, I was down a path of trouble – I was irresponsible, unapologetic, and deviant. I listened to respond, not to understand. That all changed when I started to attend Trails. I was challenged in many ways such as camping, high ropes, swimming, problematic situations and using “I-statements”. I had positive people supporting me to do better and with these people and staff, I have grown into the person I’ve become today.

Latoya Reid, Year 4 Participant

Quelsey Fuller

I am a participant in year 5 (LIT) and before I came to Trails, I was very lost. I didn’t know my strengths and dwelled on my weaknesses and lacked goals and work ethic. Being at Trails gave me an opportunity to learn about myself and become a better well-rounded individual who is more goal-oriented. Without Trails, I highly doubt that I would be striving to have a profession in psychology or pediatric nursing. Thank you for being the reason I’ve been given the opportunity to better myself and experience new things.

Quelsey Fuller, Year 5 Leader-in-Training Participant

Julia Buckley-Rivero

I had so many great moments at Trails. The most I enjoyed was the Year 4 Summer Canoe Trip. On that trip I gained so much confidence in myself. I also improved my leadership skills. Trails helped me a lot over the years. I improved so much in school. I got my first 92% in art! I also got an 87% in history which I won an award for, and I got 100% on my culminating project! Trails has pushed me to become a better person in life. I am also so much better at home. I help a lot around the house and my family is really happy! I am so thankful that I am part of Trails, and I am really thankful that I have great people supporting me just like you.

Julia Buckley-Rivero, Wandering Legacies, 2014