I am a third year Child and Youth Care student, doing a specialization in Indigenous peoples and practices at the University of Victoria. I have experience working with children and youth, as well as creating and coordinating programs at Camp Fircom: an initiative that empowers youth of all backgrounds through education, spirituality, nature and health and wellness. I am extremely invested in social justice issues and advocacy: I am therefore very appreciative of my practicum at ICA. Since starting my practicum in September, I have become involved in facilitating the Homework Club and helping get the Youth Employability Program up and running. I also rode 25k for ICA at Ride for Refuge, and helped ICA achieve their fundraising goal. I enjoyed meeting and becoming a part of the ICA community, and look forward to the next six months of my practicum.
I am a second year Child and Youth Care Student at the University of Victoria. I am originally from London, UK, but have lived on Saltspring Island for most of my life. While I have some experience working with children and youth through teaching swimming lessons and facilitating summer camps, this is the first time I have worked with children in a formal setting. As this is my first practicum, I am only with ICA until December, and am therefore trying to immerse myself as much as I can into the organization and get as much experience as possible. This is a really exciting opportunity for me to explore ways in which I can get involved with my community and begin to help others. I acknowledge that my immigration to Canada was very privileged and easy: this has given me great passion to try to make other’s experiences of transition positive and supported.
I started my practicum at ICA by participating in Ride for Refuge. It was a great experience, as I got to meet and begin to make relationships with some of the extensive ICA community! I work with the elementary students at homework club: I plan and supervise activities and, along with ICA’s team of volunteers, I help the students with their homework. I have also began doing some programming and facilitating for the Meet Up: I am very excited to show newcomer youth all the great things that the Victoria community has to offer. While I wish I could stay longer at ICA, I am extremely appreciative of how welcoming and accommodating everyone has been, and I look forward to meeting as much of the ICA community as possible in my short time here.
I am originally from Manitoba, and currently in my fourth year of Child and Youth Care studies at the University of Victoria. After graduation I hope to become a child protection worker. I work at Fernwood Community Centre in their child care and family programs. I appreciate community based programs and organizations; therefore, I feel right at home at ICA. I help plan and facilitate the Meet up and also support students at the Homework Club. I am looking forward to gaining perspective and cultural competency from my practicum, and hope to integrate these attributes, as well as many other values from ICA, into my later career.