|Doug Waterson at The Junction|
Waterson has health issues that sidelined from the workforce, after years of working as a cook, but he didn't want to just sit around doing nothing. He has stasis ulcers, weight issues, compromised balance, chronic pain, and nerve damage. "I couldn't cook anymore. The doctor said 'Doug, you're done'."
"I was going crazy sitting in the house."
"I like coming down here, I think it's good for me. I get to work with a lot of different people. This stimulates me, it gets my adrenalin going. It's a good cause. A lot of people need it and it fills a need in the community."
Waterson began his kitchen career in Toronto, then his family bought a cafe in Castlegar which they ran for about five years. His mother is an artist, and his uncle Dave was one of the chief mold makers for Blue Mountain Pottery." There's lots of artistic stuff in my family. People used to ask me what I did, and I would say cooking is my art form." Waterson said that he used to work 60 or more hours in a week, "In my family we were taught you work hard, and men work hard. So not being able to work was hard on me emotionally."
"My disability made me feel useless, and now there's a purpose to get up and come help people."