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Celebrating Child and Youth Care Week

Meet some of our Mental Health Child and Youth Counsellors
Dwan and Alyssa
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Child and Youth Care week is celebrated throughout the Ontario CYC community as a time of year where organizations, stakeholders, funders and peers can spotlight and acknowledge Child and Youth Care practitioners for their work, effort and perseverance in practice.  Let's meet some of our Mental Health Child and Youth Counsellors here at Ontario Shores.

 

Alyssa Bridgman
Alyssa Bridgman, Child and Youth Counsellor, Adolescent Unit

Alyssa Bridgman, Child and Youth Counsellor, Adolescent Unit

Being a Mental Health Child and Youth Counsellor is one of the greatest, and challenging Gigs of all time. We are right there Supporting the Youth as a front-line team member, being a trusted advocate for our patients. We are also sometimes the “bad guy” when we have to implement policies and consequences for unhelpful behaviours. We role model, teach, learn and grow with our own skillsets side-by-side with them, which creates such a unique treatment model. We develop and implement a wide range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies to foster positive change and healthy development.

Here at Ontario Shores, we work with inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. We do individual and family counselling/goal setting, create and implement programs that respond to identified needs of young persons, we run groups, provide assessments and crisis prevention or intervention strategies, and utilize therapeutic environments to maximize learning and growth for young people. We focus on social skills, strengths-building, emotional growth and development, and overall functioning in the context of the family, social and community environment.  I love doing what I do!

 

Terence Bonsu
Terence Bonsu, Child and Youth Counsellor, Adolescent Unit

Terence Bonsu, Child and Youth Counsellor, Adolescent Unit

Being a CYC is one of the most rewarding careers. Being able to build strong connections and foster change in the adolescents we work with is what makes our role and job so important.

As CYC’s we are the ones who can best relate and best understand the adolescent population we serve. I hope to keep inspiring the children and youth of today by being that positive - relatable - role model and mentor that can aspire hope, change and recovery into their lives.

 

Dwan Zeppieri
Dwan Zeppieri, Child and Youth Counsellor, Adolescent Inpatient Unit

Dwan Zeppieri, Child and Youth Counsellor, Adolescent Inpatient Unit

Being a Child and Youth Counsellor is like being a role model, a crisis intervenor, a case manager, a behaviour modifier, a confidante, a teacher, a life coach, camp director, skill builder and cheerleader all at the same time. I chose this career to help the kids. Fight for the kids who need someone in their corner the most. Watching the youth we work with grow into themselves, learn new skills, advocate for themselves is the best part of the job. Being beside them in their journey, cheering them on to reach their goals. It’s amazing to watch them face their battles head on and overcome the obstacles life puts in front of them.

 

Nadira Indar, Child and Youth Counsellor, Adolescent Inpatient Unit

As a Child and Youth Counsellor, the joy of working with adolescents is that it is always different. Each adolescent is unique, they bring their own life experience, needs and expectations. On of my greatest rewards being a CYC is seeing our clients leaving with an abundance of hope, believing in themselves and motivated to start their new path - ready to live a life that they never thought was possible.

 

Danny Do
Danny Do, Child and Youth Counsellor, Adolescent Eating Disorders Unit

Danny Do, Child and Youth Counsellor, Adolescent Eating Disorders Unit

My name is Danny Do and I’m a girl(s) dad. I enjoy playing sports, mainly basketball, watching anime and superhero movies. I have been a Child and Youth Counselor for approximately 15+ years. My experiences include working in the school board, therapeutic live-in care and the hospital Adolescent EDU at Ontario Shores. 

I have a passion for helping young people navigate the complexities of life. For me, witnessing positive transformations and resilience in young people is incredibly rewarding. As a CYC, I feel that the “most important thing for me is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” This line/philosophy stems from one of my childhood heroes, the late, great, Kobe Bryant.

 

Tracey Murray, Child and Youth Counsellor, Adolescent Unit

As a Child and Youth Counsellor, we are dedicated to empowering young minds, one conversation at a time. I cherish the fact that each conversation is a journey of trust and hopeful transformation, paving the way for a brighter future. The work I do as a CYC holds immense meaning for me because I know that, at some point during a young person's most vulnerable time in life, I played a role in helping turn their struggles into strengths.

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