Hello, everyone! My name is Daniel Share-Strom, and I’m working with Community Living Ontario’s Communications team this summer as their Assistant Coordinator of Communications and Marketing. I have a BA in Communications from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and I’m a member of the population that benefits from the services of organizations like Community Living. Understand, though, that these are not the reasons I’m here; I am here because I love telling stories.
A quick Googling of my name will show you the story I’m most well-known for telling—my own. As a motivational speaker with Asperger’s Syndrome, I speak throughout Ontario to parents, schools, teachers, and doctors on the trials that I’ve been through in life and help them to better understand and support people with Autism. This self-advocacy process has helped me to be more confident in myself, and I hope to inspire others in similar situations to do the same.
I also enjoy telling other people’s stories. From my role as Managing Editor of my university’s academic journal, The Circle@UOIT, to my time as a video game critic at VGChartz.com, and all the way down to my passion for writing film scripts and short stories, I revel in getting to a tale’s emotional truth. The lesson that has most stuck with me from my time at UOIT is that the facts of a story are not what we remember most. When we watch a movie or read a book, we remember the fears and joys we experienced alongside the characters more than specific lines of dialogue. In journalism, we remember the fresh understanding the article gave us about the world more than we do any discrete fact. What we find most memorable, in any story, is how the facts and events make us feel. I’m going to bring that philosophy to the content I contribute to Update Friday and Community Living Ontario’s website. Apologies in advance for any shed tears!
There’s one more kind of story I want to tell, but I’ll need your help. We are hungry for success stories from our friends at Community Living associations across the province. Do you support an individual who’s just landed a great job? Have you recently secured a strong partnership that you think will benefit people? We want to know. I want to know. So, shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll have a chat, with virtual tea and crumpets, and I’ll help to tell your story.
Thanks for reading,
Summer Student – Assistant Coordinator, Communications and Marketing
Community Living Ontario