Pair enjoys collaboration on Maple Ridge newsletter
Natalie Hamilton

Constantly capturing candids with her digital camera, 23-year-old Amanda would like to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and become a professional photographer.

With Danielle, day support program worker,  rooting her on, Amanda could receive the boost she needs to make that happen. Working collaboratively on the New Transitions newsletter, they make a solid team.

The pair initially met when Amanda was eight and accessing services from another agency. They’ve enjoyed one-on-one time together for the past year through the posAbilities day support program in Maple Ridge.

One of the photos from the newsletter created by Amanda and Danielle


Amanda says she appreciates the familiarity of their relationship and the opportunity to work closely with Danielle.

Amanda drives the vision for the quarterly newsletter, which highlights activities, events and outings relevant to the 22 people who take part in the day support program.

“It was a natural fit for her, as one of our persons served, to be part of the newsletter,” Danielle says. “It’s a creative outlet for Amanda and also gives her the opportunity to share her talent.”

Amanda uploads and selects the photographs for the newsletter and also helps others with photography and scrapbooking. Danielle writes the accompanying copy with Amanda’s direct input.

“It’s fun,” says Amanda about why she takes photographs.

People are her favourite subjects although she enjoys taking pictures of animals as well.

Danielle says Amanda is very creative but is not the type of person to “blow her own trumpet. “She’s an extremely talented person. Amanda has a natural talent for outdoor action shots.”

“I think she has the ability to go further with her photography. Hopefully this (newsletter) will give her a bit of a platform to start from.”

They hope to have their second newsletter, the winter 2011 edition, out by the end of March. View their first newsletter here.

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