Mat Petersen

My name is Mat Petersen and I attended Trillium Demonstration School from grade nine to ten in the years from 2005-2007. I was diagnosed with a severe learning disabled and dyslexia, I was reading at about a grade three level when I was assessed before attending Trillium. I’m writing to you today with the understanding that the school is in danger of being closed down.

I am now 25 years old and have achieved a rewarding career in law enforcement with the Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security Brach. Although I had the analytical problem solving skills to be where I am today, I did not have the mathematical and literacy skills to complete the necessary exams and to do the job effectively. I was single handedly taught these skills at Trillium, thanks to all the dedicated teachers and super supportive educational assistants. There responsible for where I am today and what I now consider a successful in life! I have surpassed the expectations of what a severely learning disabled person was expected to attain. Even the counseling I received at Trillium has taught me to be dedicated to the forward motion of your life, try your hardest at everything you do and be content with the outcome. This honestly has never failed me, I learned this way of living from the staff at Trillium and their constant attention, care and love. My goal is not to overwhelm you which is why I have kept this relatively short, but have you understand that closing Trillium will rob future generations of learning disabled students of the opportunities and tools I was given to craft my own future. In Closing, I would like to leave you with the understand that I had the privilege of experiencing something this world can benefit from, as does each and every student with a learning disabled when given the proper guidance and care I received from Trillium.

Sincerely,

Mat Petersen
Correctional Services Branch
Alberta solicitor general and public security