It saddens us to share the passing of Avery Goslin (1997-2023). Avery joined Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Young Adults Project in early 2021 to receive help on her employment and post-secondary journey. Avery participated frequently in the Peer Support Group and in August 2021 volunteered to be a Peer Mentor. Avery worked with the Kerry’s Place staff to develop the Peer Support Group topics, create discussion questions, and then facilitate the session with other Peer Mentors and an Autism Consultant.
Avery had a talent for recognizing people in need of help and taking action to support them. Avery was able to identify her peers struggling with their mental health and responded by reaching out privately to share resources and ensure that person knew there was help.
Avery would go above and beyond when leading a support group. In January 2023, Avery facilitated the Anxiety, Burnout, and Mindfulness Peer Support group. For this session, Avery took the time to research different coping techniques and lead a breathing exercise during session.
Avery had met many milestones during her time as a Peer Mentor. We are fortunate that we were able to celebrate Avery graduating from her program to become a Personal Support Worker (PSW) and also finding employment.
Avery will be missed but not forgotten. Avery is an inspiration and was always there to empower others to believe in themselves as they worked towards employment, post-secondary and independent living.