Sarah Maude's therapeutic approach is very much based on the environment of her rehabilitation clients. Laughter is guaranteed with her since humour is one of her favourite methods, making it possible to alleviate situations that are sometimes difficult.What she greatly appreciates at the Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre is the cultural diversity of her clients and her work focused on social integration.
Meet Judith Sigouin, Street Social Worker with Connexion team at CLSC Métro. This team provides help to the homeless. Judith Sigouin is the link between the social services system and people living without a fixed address. We followed Judith on the ground.
Meet Emilie Poitras, Social Worker at the CLSC de Parc-Extension. She specializes her work with seniors and in home care. She’s part of a team in the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors, better known as SAPA, and describes her colleagues as an extension of her family.
Emilie visits seniors in their homes, which allows her to get a glimpse into their lives and develop a relationship of trust with them.
“For some people, working in someone’s home makes them uncomfortable. For me, it’s a chance to meet people in their environment,” she says. She works with a multi-disciplinary team that includes family and social auxiliaries, family nurses, occupational therapists, nutritionists and physiotherapists.
Besides home visits, she meets seniors at the hospital or in rehabilitation centres. “No two days are alike,” she says.
Emilie, who has a Bachelor’s degree in social work and a Certificate in social gerontology, says her favorite part of her job is the human contact – not only with seniors and their families, but with a large network of people. “I love working in a team, not just with my colleagues but with families, community groups, private partners, hospitals and more,” she says.
Her interest in social work evolved from her own family history. Emilie grew up next door to her grandparents, who were part of her daily life. As her grandparents aged, they were able to count on a CLSC team to help them remain in their home. “After my grandparents died, it was clear to me that I wanted to become a social worker specializing in home care,” Emilie says.
She was drawn to the CLSC Parc-Extension because of the borough’s diversity. “I chose it for the chance to work in two languages and with diverse cultural communities,” she says.
Meet Sara Todd, Social Worker at the CLSC Côte-des-Neiges. She supports families of children aged 0 to 5 years and to provide appropriate tools for parents who must support their children in dealing with diverse realities and needs.
Whether at Maison Bleue de Côte-des-Neiges, where she does replacements, or at the CLSC, Sara recognizes the importance of working in collaboration with the various community organizations in the borough. "The contribution of other professionals of the CIUSSS, psychologists, therapists, psychotherapists, physicians, nurses also allows me to better accomplish my daily task", she says.
Sara has a Bachelor's degree in International Development from McGill University and a Master's degree in Social Work from UQAM. She did her internship at the CLSC Park-Extension. "I really enjoyed my experience. The multicultural and bilingual nature of the various CIUSSS facilities was a key factor in my career choice," adds Sara.
Her daily work is reflected in individual and family meetings, whether at the CLSC or through home visits. Support is provided in various ways, depending on the needs and requests of the families.
"I love the opportunities offered to me in this job, the uniqueness of each encounter and experience. I feel privileged to work with and support people in this process, which is very rewarding for a professional," she says.
For Sara, no two days are alike, to her great delight. "And I continue to be impressed every day by the people I work with.”