Class of 2021
Inclusion advocate and teacher, Karla Power, is currently working on a project to build a more inclusive and accessible playground at Christina Gordon Public School, and is also advocating to make other parks in the Municipality more inclusive and accessible as well.
She recently chatted with YMM about the works she does and the people she loves.
YMM: What three words best describe you?
KP: I am determined. I will work hard for things that I believe in, especially making the world more inclusive!
I am loyal. I will stand beside you through the good times and the bad and always be a friend you can rely on.
I am passionate. I put my everything into things that are important to me and refuse to hide my passion for things that I love.
YMM: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
KP: I am most proud of starting the Inclusion Advisory Committee at my school (Christina Gordon Public School), which worked together to raise $92,000 to add inclusive and accessible equipment to our playground.
YMM: For what are you most grateful?
KP: I am most grateful for my beautiful family! My amazing husband Frank and my two au-some sons Paddy and Kelton bring me so much joy! My two sons have Autism and I often say that I not only want to prepare them for the world, but I want to prepare the world for them as well!
YMM: What is the best advice that you ever received?
KP: “Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”. This is a great mantra I use when I begin to worry about what others think.
YMM: What would you say to your 10-year-old self?
KP: Always be you and never apologize for being true to yourself. The people who you will be closest to are the ones who will appreciate you for who you are.