Welcome, Fall Practicums!
September 23, 2021
Practicum placements at QMUNITY are a mutually beneficial structure that allows us to participate in the learning of others and glean knowledge from the bright new professionals entering our sector. Fall is here, and so are a multitude of amazing learners! We are elated to welcome Michael, Laura, and Alyssa to QMUNITY for the duration of the fall and winter semesters of 2021 and 2022.
Alyssa Nathoo (she/her)
Alyssa comes from Edmonton, but has been living, working, and playing on Coast Salish lands for the past 6 years. She has joined the QMUNITY team as a part of the practical component of her Social Work undergraduate degree. Alyssa is passionate about creating systemic change in order to best support marginalized and vulnerable populations. She has aspirations of completing a Master’s of Social Work in order to better support this vision. When she is not working, Alyssa can be found spending time with her family, scaring herself with true crime podcasts, or hanging out with her friends and their fur babies.
Laura Imayoshi (she/they)
Laura is a queer spouse and mother, living and working in the traditional and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. I use she/her and they/them pronouns. They are a white person of mixed settler ancestry and immigrated to Canada as a child. They are doing a practicum with QMUNITY as part of their Masters in Social Work program through the University of the Fraser Valley. They have more than a decade of experience working in the Downtown Eastside and Downtown South communities doing frontline service work and case management with individuals. They believe that the stories we tell about ourselves are important ways for us to better understand who we are and who we want to be.
Michael lives at the intersection of being the son of immigrant parents from India and being a gay male. He faced many challenges accepting himself within a culture that raised him to view himself as deficient within multiple fronts. The support of youth workers and members of the LGBTQ2+ community gave him the strength he needed to own his truth and his story. Ownership of one’s story within a culture that aims to erase the stories of those within the margins is a personal value of his and he believes it is synergistic with what QMUNITY represents. Studying Child and Youth Care at Douglas College only galvanized this, as stories allow us to realize our own continuity as people and connecting with the tales of those with different experiences can teach us about the systems in place. He brings himself to QMUNITY with a mission to listen, connect and uplift.
Jasmine Malcolm (she/her)
Jasmine is a queer, biracial settler that was born and raised on the unceded and traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She joins the counselling practicum program at QMUNITY with a passion for increasing the accessibility and affirmative nature of mental health services for both the LGBTQ2SAI+ and BIPOC communities.
Jasmine has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Counselling & Human Development, and is currently working towards a Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Jasmine has extensive experience supporting children and youth with mental health challenges in foster homes, group homes and the South Vancouver Youth Centre. She has worked as a counselling intake coordinator, has created and facilitated numerous psycho-education groups, and currently works for the Vancouver Black Therapy and Advocacy Foundation to support the mental health needs of BIPOC folks in Vancouver.
During breaks from studying and work, Jasmine fits joy into her life by travelling, doing yoga, going to live music events, hiking and soaking up the sun with friends.