Moira proudly calls herself a “fan girl.” Her fandom covers a range of stories, games and TV shows, including the Japanese animated series “Hetalia.” She even dressed as a character from the show at a recent cosplay event.

That interest also fuels another passion: writing. Moira writes fiction, and draws inspiration from the stories and worlds she immerses herself in. She also finds inspiration in her surroundings – even a bus ride. Moira, a high school senior, started riding C-TRAN after getting a Youth Opportunity Pass through her school.

“I got that, and started more regularly going out, and started building independence as well.”

That process has been a positive change, she says, but it hasn’t always been easy.

“I am not inherently independent. I’ve got my dog. I’ve got my computer. What more do I need?”