Kiran: From Practicum to Staff

What a journey it has been! I first discovered DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society many years ago when a friend was in need of some support. What I had known at that time about DIVERSEcity was that they provided counselling services.  I did not know that there was a wide range of many other services that were available too.

I always knew I wanted to get into a field where I was able to work with children and youth who may be facing challenges and required some support. I had previously been working with adults for approximately six years, but I really knew I wanted to also have the chance to work with a younger population and families. That’s when I decided to enroll myself into the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care Counselling program at Douglas College.

Once it came time for my practicum, I knew that I wanted to be placed with DIVERSEcity.  I spoke with my instructors at school and got the ok to contact the manager to see if this was possible.  A week later I was in contact with Corina Carroll, the Manager of Counselling Services, regarding having the opportunity to complete my practicum.  After connecting with Corina, I was advised that I would be able to complete my practicum with DIVERSEcity *happy dance!*

I started my practicum March 2015 with my first day being at the Spring Child and Youth Empowerment Camp.  Fast forward a few months, and I now had the opportunity to apply for a temporary summer position that had come up as the Child and Youth Empowerment Camp Coordinator.  I was extremely happy when I was called in for an interview and then ecstatic when I found out that I was awarded the position. Now, since it was a temporary position, I continued working at my other full time job at the time – boy, was it a busy summer! It was definitely all worth it though! I gained so much experience with coordination and learned that I really REALLY enjoy coordinating. Once the summer was over, I had to say my goodbyes to all the amazing staff. Good byes are always hard when you know you’re leaving such amazing people.

I had my fingers crossed that another position would come up, something more permanent… I’m sure you can guess what happens next 😛.  A position came up that I was qualified for and I immediately applied for it! I have now been employed as permanent staff with DIVERSEcity since September 2015.  Working as an Intake Worker and Achieving Balance for Children counsellor (formerly Children Who Witness Abuse) has been such an amazing experience.  There are so many individuals that I come across that are faced with extremely difficult situations, yet show such resilience. Since I work in Counselling Services, I have also had the chance to be a part of many different projects and groups.  I have had the opportunity to be a part of a Senior South Asian and Arabic women’s group and Syrian Refugee Settlement and Trauma group to name a few.  I can definitely say that I learn something new from every experience that I have come across.

Working at DIVERSEcity, specifically with Counselling Services, has been such a blessing because of the many opportunities I have had the chance to be included in.  I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such an amazing environment, community, and team!

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