Local writer praises Tori Oliver
Thank you, Tori Oliver. Thank you for having the courage and the obvious talent to open your heart and your mind to our Compass readers.
Your essay on Page A1 of the June 24, 2014 print edition of The Compass headlined” Autistic student finds her voice at Baccalieu Collegiate,” was brilliant.
And, coming from a 16-year-old teenager makes it even more incredible.
I have seen first-hand the challenges autistic children and their caregivers face every day in dealing with this hard to understand condition, at least until I read your essay.
You carried me along on your journey of discovery and I am so glad your inner voice has finally been set free.
Your touching essay should be distributed far and wide amongst professionals and families dealing with autism, especially in children. It could be the basis for your first book.
You have exposed the seeds to your future success, and made reference to a career as a scientist or assistant veterinarian. I feel your future is as bright as you want it to be. You can become whatever you want to be. You have the tools and you have the obvious determination and the smarts.
The choice is yours.
A special person
The people of Gull Island in Conception Bay North and the entire student body and teachers at Baccalieu Collegiate realize they have a special person in their midst.
They must be so proud of her. Not only has Tori Oliver found her voice, she has demonstrated to the world her passion and skill with words. She is a “diamond in the rough” and I predict she will find a career in writing, be it in journalism, publishing, radio or television and perhaps in screen play. I look forward to her movie — “Tori’s Story.” Autism is not an affliction. I feel after this literal journey with Tori, it is and will continue to be a unique stepping stone to her future success.
God bless you, Tori. Stand tall. The sky is the limit.
— Bill Westcott writes from Clarke’s Beach