People are often told that they can be whatever they want, but we all know that isn’t necessarily true. The truth is we can try to be whatever we want, but the outcome is never certain. Luke Flynn never stops trying. He doesn’t have everything he wants, yet he has celebrated many victories.
Never mind his college graduation, his move from Peterborough to Picton, his many swimming medals, his first apartment, his public speaking engagements or any of his many accomplishments before the fall of 2014. Life isn’t about achieving one dream, it’s about a journey to fulfillment; the pursuit of dreams.
“Hey Sam, it’s me Luke. I got the job!”
I was there the day Luke called Sam, his 6’2” twin brother. It was a couple of weeks before Christmas and Sam was in some remote part of Northern Canada, a diamond mine or oil field which needed his skills as a commercial driller.
Luke, who stands about 5’, sounded like a man twice that height. I have had the privilege of being part of some wonderful moments, but that phone call was profoundly touching.
When March rolled around, Luke went off to Toronto to participate in the 2015 Youth Summit, as part of TO2015’s Building Legacies Youth Engagement program in conjunction with the 2015 Pan Am Games. He even made it into the Youth Summit flash mob video on YouTube!
In April, Luke received the Civic Recognition award from Prince Edward County Council. He was recognized for bringing positive recognition to the County. Specifically, Luke was recognized for his exceptional personal accomplishments and his commitment and contributions to the County of Prince Edward.
Luke has worked hard at his job with the OPP, which has opened up a whole new set of opportunities. He was asked if he would carry the torch for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run and he gladly accepted. The more Luke engages in his community, the more his community engages him and the benefits that flow from these relationships are life changing.
Life moves on from our wins just as it moves on from our losses. There is more to try and Luke is up for the challenge.
– Jason Sweet
Community Support Worker
Editor’s note: Thank you to Community Living Prince Edward for sharing Luke’s story. We can’t wait to see what he’ll accomplish next!
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