For the past two weeks we have been featuring our staff on Facebook, who they are and why the have chosen to work at the Lighthouse. Here is a collection of their reflections, in their own words.
“Hi, my name is Erin Stone. I am 27 years old and have lived most of my life in The Battlefords. When I was 14 I moved to Edmonton, however I have always felt North Battleford was my home. When I moved back, I volunteered at The Lighthouse and was then offered a position. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. I’ve been at The Lighthouse for one year. Watching the clients making changed and growing in their lives makes me feel good knowing I was part of that journey. As a staff member, I have made great friends that I know will continue for a lifetime.”
“My name is Judy Armstrong. I started working at The Lighthouse 6 months after it opened. I am a casual employee as I work full-time at The Battlefords Interval House as a crisis counsellor, where I help abused women and children. I have been there for the past 16 years. Working at The Lighthouse has introduced me to many different people from all walks of life. At times it can be a challenging job, but the work we do here is very rewarding. Regardless of circumstances or what hand we have been dealt, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. I look forward to coming to work and spending time with the clients their. Respect goes a long way.”
“My name is Jolaynee Tootoosis, from Poundmaker Cree Nation, I am Nakoda/Cree, currently in my first year of university and my goal is to obtain a degree in either Education or Social Work. I love working at the Lighthouse because it allowed me to practice kindness and compassion and do my best to help others.”
“Hi, my name is Phyllis Lennie. I’m originally from Battleford and I am proud of my Metis Heritage. My work history consists of Family Service Worker in child protection, Emergency Duty Worker, Youth Worker and a Crisis Line Worker with the Battlefords Sexual Center. My position as a Support Worker at the North Battlefords Lighthouse has given me the opportunity to help those that are most vulnerable. The overwhelming support of our community through donations and volunteering has allowed our clients to gain faith not only in themselves; but with humanity as a whole. As I continue on my journey of life I give thanks for being able to assist those in need so that they to will find their way.”
“Hi, my name is Shylo Bolig from Battleford, Sk. I am a single mother of a 23 year old daughter, and a 21 year old son. I am also a proud grandmother of a 3 year old grandson. I grew up in Battleford, and for the last 15 years I’ve been working in nursing at a nursing home in battleford and in addiction/mental health at Hopeview Recovery Centre. I came to work at the Lighthouse 1 year ago cause of my passion to be able to help out the less fortunate. I soon came to realize how quickly little families form and how the clients look out for each other. The reason I love working at the Lighthouse, not only for what I can do for them, but what they have also taught me along the way. Everyone has a story don’t be so quick to judge before they have had a chance to be heard.”
“My name is Cody Villeneuve and I was born and raised in North Battleford, Sk. I am a Metis child and single parent to 3 children. I have been working at The Lighthouse since the day we opened the doors. I learn everyday from the clients that reside here and I have watched how the staff and clients have formed a family. I have also learned we cannot judge people, only help them along their path. Whether they take the help is up to them, but at The Lighthouse, we will always be there to offer our help.”