"We’ll always have each other to lean on through difficult times & share in one another’s successes."
"As family members of people with disabilities, we know how important being together is. Danny and Daniel want the same things as everyone else. The only difference is that they can’t create these friendships for themselves, so we’re here to help build that community for them. We’re really lucky to have Danny and Daniel in our lives—they brought our families and so many others together just by being who they are."
Sabrina, Daniel, Danny & Kathy
Friends since 2006
"We’re on each other’s team for life."
"We started calling each other our ‘life force’ pretty early on in our relationship; now it’s inscribed on both of our wedding rings. We both feel like a partnership works best when each person honours the essence of the other, offering them a safe place to be themselves, to grow and to recharge without judgement. The ‘life force’ is seeing that light in the person you’ve decided to devote your life to."
Ariane & Michael
Together since 2010
"I am braver because of these women & stronger with their unconditional love."
"After my accident three years ago, my family rallied around me at every stage of my recovery. I know I need this group of women now more than ever as I face all the new challenges in my life. They’ve helped me to be fearless, to face people and be out in the real world. They make me feel like I’m the same person I’ve always been; like I’m not defined by this chair."
Susan, Meghan, Fran & Tracy
Family since forever
"Your friends are the people you choose to bring into your life because they bring out the best in you."
"Together means being the best version of yourself around those close to you and becoming a community despite any differences. It’s a reciprocated relationship, and since the holidays are about giving, quality time with one another is priceless."
Julissa, Bryan & Katelyn
Friends & Roots Employees since 2018
"He is my son, but together we're more like friends."
"A lot of people mistake me to be his sister, I think because we have that kind of bond. I
trust him more than anybody else."
Hakeem & Rama
Family since 2011
"Together is reimagining your life, not as individuals but as a team."
"We now know as a family we can face anything—the looks, concerns and even challenges of others that may arise. We are very blessed that we live in a country where it is not an issue for us to be out as a family and holding hands with our children. Together is our normal. Together is something we get to celebrate every day thanks to all the wonderful people in the world. We are so thankful and blessed for the many families like ours that will join in our and their celebrations."
David, Frankie, Stéphane & Simon
Family since 2016
"We feel our closest when we’re supporting each other."
"We both lost our dads in recent years, and it was our family connection that helped us
through it. Difficult times require patience and care, and our kids have shown that to us.
That’s why it’s so important to us that we always stay at a high level of connection and
love, so no matter what happens, we get through it and become stronger because of it."
Georgia, Avi, Annie, Rhys & Rogen
Family since 2001
"Being together means we’ve found our flock."
"We’re friends, and definitely chosen family. Togetherness is about holding space for each
other; we’re all on our individual paths, but we’re running parallel. We find a sense of
inspiration amongst one another—it helps us recalibrate. We get to be foolish, free up
ourselves and find some joy."
Liza, Yolonda, Tiff & Jess
Friends since 2011
"For us, family is everything; it gives us strength and freedom."
"When I had my first drag performance years ago, my mom noticed I was wearing cheap wigs so
she bought me two quality ones to start my new venture off right. She’s always been very
supportive of my decisions in life. Just knowing I had her backing from a young age has made
anything I do a little less scary. I know I can always count on her."
Miss Moço & Sherry
Family since 1986
"I’m making it a priority to teach my daughters about their roots."
"Being bi-racial is a funny thing: I get labelled based on the colour of my skin even though
it only speaks to half of my identity. I might not look or sound Trinidadian, but it’s a big
part of who I am. Growing up, my dad made sure to take me to experience the culture first-hand: the food, the music, the dancing, the diversity. They really know how to celebrate in
Trinidad. I want my girls to be proud of where they come from."
Don, Francheska, Violet & Penelope
Three generations of family since 1982