Meet Our Newest VATTA Member, Julia!

We are excited to introduce our newest member of VATTA! Keep reading below to learn more about Julia, we are so excited to have her a part of the team!

Hello Canada! My name is Julia Romualdi, and I am the newest member of the VATTA team. I would like to tell you a little about myself. I am 21 years old. I live in Timmins, Ontario with my parents, and I have an older brother who I like to spend time with. I also have a boyfriend. We like playing soccer and going to dances, movies, the mall, and many other activities in the community. I like to spend free time with family and friends. I am learning to be independent by helping with different tasks like laundry, cooking and grocery shopping. I like to help get ready for family suppers and other special occasions. One of my favorite things to do is bake with my mom and grandma during the holidays.

I have a great job at Walmart and I recently got promoted to sales floor associate. Also, I am on the Health and Safety team. I love my job and enjoy all the friendly people I get to help and work with.

I am an athlete with Special Olympics. I compete in figure skating and soccer and I also enjoy golf and track and field.  My favorite sport is figure skating. I have been skating for 17 years. I get to travel around Ontario, and my biggest competition was when I won a silver medal in Prince George, B.C. at the Canada Winter Games. That was my first time on the airplane all by myself. I hope to qualify for the next Special Olympics National Winter games in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and the next Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.

I enjoy public speaking and writing speeches. I talk to parents in my community who have children with Down syndrome. I share my experiences and talk about inclusion in everyday activities. I also volunteer as a CanSkate program assistant where I get to help young children learn to skate, and I volunteer with the Special Olympics FUNdamentals program to develop basic sports skills through fun.

In conclusion, I am excited to be joining the VATTA team. I am looking forward to posting more blogs in the future where I will share my ideas and experiences as a young adult with Down syndrome.