(Pronouns: she/her) Margaret has been in the field of human services since 1993. She has served in many positions in Chimo and she is passionate about lifelong learning as it relates to herself and the staff team. Her motto is “I am complete…I am not done.” She believes we are never done growing and learning. Margaret’s intention in the work she does and the relationships she has with children, families and staff is to be genuine. To be curious. To learn. To facilitate. To care. To be humble. She loves to see youth having fun, graduating from high school or college or university, reuniting with family and hearing laughter at work.
(Pronouns: she/her) Mel joined Chimo as a placement student in 1999 and she hasn’t looked back since! She believes that big changes may not happen today or tomorrow, but the relationships we build with the people we serve matter the most! Her specialization with High Risk Youth gives her the opportunity to do what she loves best, “help youth accomplish their personal goals .” Mel has a great community based team who help her make this happen. Mel also heads up the Outcomes and Quality Assurance Committee at Chimo and believes in continuous quality improvement of the services that Chimo offers. Her favorite part of the work is the chance to see and hear from past youth who are doing well and she says when former participants come back for help when they are struggling, it reinforces for her the importance of building trusting relationships.
(Pronouns: she/her) Joan began her work with Chimo in 1986 as a relief worker and is still going strong in her work today! She has played a pivotal part in areas of Health and Safety, Group Care and Birthing- Doula support. “To retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart is where hope lies…” Joan has a strong belief that every young person or family that comes to Chimo is worthwhile and they need someone to root for them. That is hope. She believes to empower her team is to empower the youth. Her teams are prime examples to keep striving in their education as their work starts with trust and care and this is powerful no matter how it starts. To be kind, to be humble and to be grateful guides her everyday life. Joan’s happy moments are seeing many young people return to share their stories and memories as it truly is something to embrace and celebrate.
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Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 3X3
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