“I went out for brunch the other day with a friend and we ran into someone from out of town. They were staying at the Ruby Foo’s hotel and when we bumped into them we told ourselves It was such a small world that we happened to run into them. The next day, I was out in the West Island and I ran into her again and she said “only in Montreal”! No matter where you go, there always seems to be a familiar face to see here. That’s what makes Montreal feel like home to me.
I recently changed jobs. For the past eight years, I was working with adults who have special needs. That was something that I really enjoyed. Now, I work at the Douglas hospital and I’m a manager there for two inpatient units with psychiatric disorders. It’s very rewarding to work with people who have severely challenging behaviours. One woman I worked with was hospitalized for almost a year and when she came out, she was very confused and had a hard time reintegrating into the community. It took about two years, but now she is able to go to activities on her own and she went back to school. She’s becoming more and more independent. She’ll never be completely independent, but she’s really come full circle! We take people who are in crisis and work as a team to stabilize them and help them improve their daily life so they can be part of our community. It’s really special.”