My name is Kathryn and I am the newest employee at mindyourmind. I was hired as a Youth Liaison and I am excited to get working!
Just a little about me; I am from London, went to H.B. Beal Secondary School, then went on to King’s where I studied Social Justice & Peace Studies and Criminology. Once I graduated I took a year off and worked as a Youth Community Developer. After that I was accepted to the Social Work program at Wilfrid Laurier University. I recently graduated and I am currently trying to #adult. I am a proud plant parent, home chef and avid volunteer.
I love volunteering because you get to meet so many awesome people. I started volunteering in high school and it helped me get through some rough patches in my life. I found volunteering helpful because it took my mind off upsetting things, built my confidence, made me feel productive and gave me new perspectives on what my life could look like. In addition these experiences made a difference when I was applying for school and jobs.
I have been lucky to have jobs that align with my passions which are mental health, food security, environmentalism, anti-poverty work and civic engagement. I believe everything is connected, you need to look at the whole picture if you are trying to make a change. That being said you also need to be realistic about your capacity. You can’t do everything, but every small thing you do absolutely makes a difference!
In this role I will be working with groups across the country. I am very eager to get started, I love working with groups on creative projects. I enjoy the process because everyone has a different perspective which adds to the richness of the final product. It’s exciting to see a preliminary idea turn into reality, with the help of everyone at the table. Finally, I think working together is the best way to learn. I have learned so much from past group members and I think they have learned a thing or two from me.
I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity to work and learn with all of you! I look forward to seeing what we will create together.