In 2011, Tina Lencucha was diagnosed with breast cancer, and received a lumpectomy, which sent her into remission in 2012. In 2016, she relapsed, but this time it was stage four, meaning the cancer had spread throughout her body. Since her second diagnosis, Lencucha has been receiving treatments to stabilize her health. Throughout her treatments, Lencucha worked full-time as a manager at the Salvation Army Thrift Store until April of 2017, when she had to go on medical leave due to her deteriorating health. She has not been able to return to work, and now receives long-term disability funding and CPP (Canadian Pension Plan), but after her bills are paid, she is left with $70 for the rest of the month.

In 2011, Tina Lencucha was diagnosed with breast cancer, and received a lumpectomy, which sent her into remission in 2012. In 2016, she relapsed, but this time it was stage four, meaning the cancer had spread throughout her body. Since her second diagnosis, Lencucha has been receiving treatments to stabilize her health. Throughout her treatments, Lencucha worked full-time as a manager at the Salvation Army Thrift Store until April of 2017, when she had to go on medical leave due to her deteriorating health. She has not been able to return to work, and now receives long-term disability funding and CPP (Canadian Pension Plan), but after her bills are paid, she is left with $70 for the rest of the month.

Mayoura Sayaraj was born in Vientiane, Laos in 1977. In 1980, her family received a sponsorship from a Canadian family to immigrate by boat to Canada. At that time, Laos was still a conflict zone after the end of the Vietnam War. Sayaraj has been afflicted by health issues her whole life, but was finally diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 37 years old, in 2014. In 2015, she underwent hip realignment surgery, followed by two other related surgeries. The surgeries, which were meant to increase her physical health, caused more pain, and lowered her motor function. Sayaraj has worked at the Salvation Army full-time for eight years to support her family of five, but after fighting for funding for two years, she was accepted by AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped). She is now able to work part-time, and spend more time focusing on her health at home.

Mayoura Sayaraj was born in Vientiane, Laos in 1977. In 1980, her family received a sponsorship from a Canadian family to immigrate by boat to Canada. At that time, Laos was still a conflict zone after the end of the Vietnam War. Sayaraj has been afflicted by health issues her whole life, but was finally diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 37 years old, in 2014. In 2015, she underwent hip realignment surgery, followed by two other related surgeries. The surgeries, which were meant to increase her physical health, caused more pain, and lowered her motor function. Sayaraj has worked at the Salvation Army full-time for eight years to support her family of five, but after fighting for funding for two years, she was accepted by AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped). She is now able to work part-time, and spend more time focusing on her health at home.

With a family of five to support, Kevin Nilsson’s passion for finishing carpentry is put to the side, while he works 40 hours a week as a delivery driver at Westview Sales. Nilsson has worked an assortment of jobs to support his family, including driving a dump truck, driving a school bus, labour jobs, and general renovations. Carpentry is a side job for Nilsson, and is done out of his Calgary home during weekends and evening.

With a family of five to support, Kevin Nilsson’s passion for finishing carpentry is put to the side, while he works 40 hours a week as a delivery driver at Westview Sales. Nilsson has worked an assortment of jobs to support his family, including driving a dump truck, driving a school bus, labour jobs, and general renovations. Carpentry is a side job for Nilsson, and is done out of his Calgary home during weekends and evening.

87-year-old Merle Ruff has been living on a government funded fixed income for the last 10 plus years with no pension, and as a result she has to budget carefully. She is able to afford the necessities on a day-to-day basis, but when it comes to extra expenditures, she struggles.

87-year-old Merle Ruff has been living on a government funded fixed income for the last 10 plus years with no pension, and as a result she has to budget carefully. She is able to afford the necessities on a day-to-day basis, but when it comes to extra expenditures, she struggles.

27-year-old Carl Hayden was laid off from his job in 2016, which provoked his mental illnesses, and led to depression. He has been doctor ordered not to work since. He now lives in an apartment complex for people with low-income, disabilities, or mental illnesses, and receives government funding.

27-year-old Carl Hayden was laid off from his job in 2016, which provoked his mental illnesses, and led to depression. He has been doctor ordered not to work since. He now lives in an apartment complex for people with low-income, disabilities, or mental illnesses, and receives government funding.