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About the Artist:
Sam Mercier is a grade 12 student who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sam was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. Early on, it was thought that he would never be able to express himself verbally or through other formats. Sam has actively participated in the St.Amant Autism Programs from the Preschool Early Learning Program to the Enhanced Consultative Service for School. ABA support has been instrumental in his social, academic, and personal skills growth. With hard work, Sam now learns in an inclusive classroom and loves to talk to all his friends and family. Sam has a great love for animation.
Sam is best described as artistic, honest, kind, caring and inspiring! His growth in the areas of communication and expression of his emotions has been accelerated by his tremendous gift of thinking in pictures and fonts. Sam’s cartoon style drawings have evolved over time. His drawing has aided with processing memories and expressing his ideas. His artwork, recognized by its unique style, has been shared throughout his school and community partners. He has created parent guild posters for school events, ‘I Love to Read’ month videos and graphic novels for peers. His images of the various political leaders have been submitted to CBC and this past summer Sam was commissioned to create a history book in the form of a colouring book for Winnipeg Beach entitled, Exploring with Sam. There is a sense of pride with peers, learning through his artwork, and a positive impact of inclusion.