Why are you passionate about your job?
I get to help people in their journey of recovery and help victims become survivors. Not everyone had a safe and loving home and I feel passionate about helping improve the quality of life of people. Helping them to feel more safe and secure, advocate for social justice. Fight against discrimination and stigma and encourage possibilities of change and empowerment. Also. some people have very little kindness in their life and I feel passionate about helping them realize they are worthy of love. Kindness and respect, I want them to experience this, and sometimes it is only social workers who are in a position to start this experience.
What obstacles have you faced to get you where you are today?
I have been extremely lucky and have not faced too many obstacles. The only real obstacle was having my socials work degree transfer from Ireland to Canada and having it properly recognized.
What advice would you pass on to someone interested in what your are doing?
If you love people, DO IT!! Always be sure to make time to take care of yourself as it can be very emotionally demanding job.
Would you be open to further contact from Riverside students and if so how can someone contact you?
Why did you decide on this career path?
Because I find people and behaviors fascinating and I have always felt passionate about wanting to help people.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My colleagues! i get to work with and beside some of the most amazing, intelligent and compassionate people which i am incredibly grateful for. Also, I get to meet people and hear their life stories and learn about their incredible strength, resiliency and survival in the force of hardship, trauma and diversity which i FIND BOTH INSPIRATIONAL AND HUMBLING.