For years, Our Harbour has formed an important staging ground for up-and-coming social service trainees. Under the watchful eye of lead Coordinator Perveen Khokhar, they interact extensively with the residents in many mutually beneficial ways.
This year, two third-year students from the Dawson College Social Service Program interned with us. Steven Desjardins and Holly Ann White-Gormley supported Our Harbour residents through cooking workshops, a regular Men’s Group, facilitating activities and accompanying residents to appointments. During their senior-level stages, they have learned first hand about working with people with mental illness and about the challenges inherent in our health care system.
As of May 18th, I will no longer be a stagiaire at Our Harbour. Although, the thought of leaving saddens me, I can not help but be grateful and appreciate everything I have experienced. I met and got to know the amazing residents, I worked with some pretty amazing staff and I got to work along with some very dedicated volunteers.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to run a cooking group for the residents at Our Harbour, with my fellow stagiaire Melissa. Our cooking group was created to help teach the residents the skills and knowledge of how to prepare their very own healthy meals. We worked with the residents to choose some great recipes and went to buy the ingredients required. Once everything we needed was completed, work was divided and the residents began cooking. They did everything on their own; Melissa and I were there to offer support and empowerment. Thank you to the residents, staff, volunteers and especially Perveen for the opportunity to be a part of your community.
All the best!-Holly Ann
An additional third-year student, Melissa Bourdeau, came to Our Harbour as a stagiaire from College de Vieux Montreal. Melissa worked closely with Holly-Anne to facilitate grocery shopping and cooking workshops, in particular for one of our residents who has diabetes, as well as participating in the regular visits, meetings and activities with all residents.
Doing my stage at Our Harbour made me discover another side of mental health.
From this experience, I have grown significantly and I must thank Perveen for giving me the chance to do my stage in Our Harbour community and the residents for being so welcoming. Each person I spent time with helped me learn so much. I can only be so thankful.
Thank you, guys, it is a privilege to work with you
Faire mon stage à le Havre m’a permis de découvrir une autre facette de la santé mentale. De cette expérience, j’ai grandi énormément et je remercie Perveen de m’avoir laissé la chance de faire un stage dans la communauté du Havre et aux résidents de m’avoir si bien accueillie. Chacune des personnes que j’ai côtoyées m’a tellement appris. Ce fût un privilège de travailler avec vous.