“Hello Friends and Community Members,
Some of you may know me, some of you may not. I am a woman with a disability who uses an electric wheelchair. I am also a Social Worker. I have a pug named Anabelle and a Siamese cat named Cameo. After 13 years of living and working in Vancouver, I made the very poor decision of moving back to my hometown of Montreal. I wanted to move back for many reasons: the culture, the food, to be closer to family, to work as a Social Worker in Montreal. After 13 years, the lack of wheelchair and disability access are just as bad as ever. It’s atrocious. I got into a brand new wheelchair-accessible housing co-op without ever seeing the unit itself before landing in Montreal on July 1. Well, the unit is not fully WC-accessible and it will not be for at least one year. I have been looking for work to no avail. I don’t even have an oven or stove. I am currently on social assistance and am receiving barely just enough to cover my rent. I spent $4,200 just to move my stuff across the country. I am now attempting to sell it all. My housing co-op here is being understanding and will likely let me break my lease without penalty. I honestly thought moving back to Montreal was the right thing for me. Now I realize that leaving Vancouver was the biggest mistake of my life. I had a great life there and I am only sorry I didn’t fully realize it then. The community in Vancouver is also pretty freakin’ awesome. My friends suggested we try this. Thank you for reading, folks. This certainly isn’t easy.
Itemizing of Costs:
Moving furniture and belongings from Van to Mtl.: $4200
Flight from Van to Mtl. with pets: $414
Flight from Mtl. To Van with pets: $414
Rent and money to tide me over until I can get a job or income assistance: $2000”