||Edna L. |
||Edna L. Rhoda |
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||Michael J. Rhoda, b. 1909, d. 1979 (Age 70 years) |
| ||1. Sandra Lynn "Sandy Rhoda, b. 1954, Timmins, Cochran District, Ontario , d. 27 Jun 2016, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada (Age 62 years)|
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- Special-edition beer named after Kitchener woman celebrates inclusion
KITCHENER - Edna Rhoda never drinks beer, but the 97-year-old Kitchener woman says she'll make an exception for a special brew that bears her face and name.
"I can't get over it. I think it's really something," Rhoda said.
The Edna Rhoda Golden Chai Ale emerged from a partnership between Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region and Descendants Beer & Beverage Co. in Kitchener to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Sunday.
"Really, it doesn't get much airplay," Extend-A-Family executive director Allan Mills said of the annual day.
Yet, one in seven people have some form of disability.
Mills said the organization wanted to bring a theme of celebration to this year's day, and beer and Rhoda were the perfect match.
While her story is unique, Mills said it also reflects the journey of many different families whose love, care and advocacy for their loved one with a disability "helped them to find the right place in the community."
When Rhoda's daughter Sandy was born with Down syndrome, doctors suggested Rhoda should put her in an institution.
"They tell you that right away," Rhoda recalled. "I answered right away: 'Over my dead body.'"
Rhoda was determined her daughter would stay with her, despite the prevailing thoughts at that time that people with disabilities should live in segregated institutions.
"I just figured she's my child and she needs a chance in life, too," Rhoda said.
And Rhoda was determined to give that to her youngest child. Most of the time, Rhoda forged a path for Sandy because there wasn't a lot of support available when she was young. It was later in life that they got involved with Extend-A-Family through provincial funding used to connect her with community activities of her choosing.
Rhoda said the first few years were a struggle as Sandy had trouble with even the basics, such as swallowing.
"After five years, she caught on. She was a stubborn little thing," Rhoda said.....
Mother and daughter shared a long and happy life together, and as part of the community. Sandy lived with her mother until she developed dementia, necessitating a move into a long-term care home. She passed away last year at age 61....
The beer is available from Descendants in cans or on draft starting Sunday until it's sold out.
"The bottom ingredient listed on the can is inclusion," Mills said.
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