Julie-Ann: A story of one SSW's journey

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I grew up in a small town but always knew I needed to learn and see more. I moved to London and began studying to become a Social Service Worker. I can remember how much I grew in such a short period of time. Eight years ago, I was told I would be doing my placement at a Homeless Shelter. In my sympathetic mind, this was not the place for me. It was here that I developed true empathy for others.

I graduated from Fanshawe and went on to pursue employment in the mental health field. Here I developed my understanding of the stigma associated with mental illness. I moved to Edmonton and started working in child welfare but was driven back to the homeless population yet again, working with sexually exploited street women.

While getting accustomed to military life as a girlfriend of a soldier, I found out we were moving to Toronto. It was here that I learned everything I needed to know about military life while working at the Military Family Resource Centre. I am currently instructing the Community Services Worker Diploma program at a private career college and am the Ontario Provincial Team Lead for VETS Canada, assisting homeless and at risk Veterans.

Now we are off to Halifax. I wonder where my Fanshawe education will take me next.

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