April Volunteer of the Month: Jennie M.!

March 28, 2017

We like to celebrate our practicum students! They tend to spend a lot of time with us, and we exchange knowledge and stories throughout our work with them. Jennie is surely a great addition to our team. Over a number of months, they were among our staff, close to our day to day work and interacted with every single one of our youth. Thank you, Jennie for your hard work. Congratulations on being the Volunteer of the Month for April 2017.

We will miss you!

What brought you to QMUNITY?

The area of social work I’m pursuing and specializing in is gender-affirming care and best practices for trans and gender variant folks from an anti-oppressive and collaborative approach. I always knew I wanted to do a placement at QMUNITY because it seemed like a great opportunity to get more experience with an organization whose values and approaches fit well with what I believe in. I was fortunate in that everything fell into place and it worked out.

And what’s your favourite thing about working at QMUNITY?

The youth are just amazing. They’re brilliant and kind and demonstrate incredible resilience. Spending time with them, getting to know them and seeing how vastly unique their experiences are has been a pleasure. I’ve also met a lot of teachers and mental health professionals who are working tirelessly to make their practices safer and more inclusive for queer youth so that’s been really amazing to see as well.

What song best represents YOU?

I mean it’s an impossible question to answer. But Rihanna, Love on the Brain.

If you were a colour, what colour would you be and why?

Teal, because it’s vibrant and uplifting. Or orange because it reminds me of a sunset.

What’s your dream weekend?

On a lake on Salt Spring Island

If you won $10,000 what would you do?

Pay back a bit of my student debt. The sad reality of my life!

And finally, what do you have in your pockets right now?

A ticket from Beauty and the Beast. Emma Watson was amazing.

 

Message from Ayesh – Youth Worker: Jennie has been an amazing practicum student at the Youth Program! They have been a really big help with our events and trainings. They also helped to create an art space at the Gab Drop-ins. Jennie has made it a really calming and creative space for youth!

 

Interview by Tash McAdam