Meet Alyson, Social Worker

Meet Alyson, Social Worker

Job Title
Social Worker

Department/Location
Primary Outreach Services, Hotel Team

How long have you worked at VCH?
2 years as a social worker, 3 years in admin

Tell us what you do at VCH in one or two sentences:
I get to visit residents in many of the SROs (single resident occupancy) in the Downtown Eastside and support them with accomplishing their goals. I also get to be person who is safe, non-judgmental, supportive and providing of unconditional positive regard.

What’s your favourite thing about your work?
Getting to meet so many amazing, resourceful, determined, resilient, and intelligent human beings through being out in the community every day. Also, getting to be there when someone is able to do something they hadn’t believed possible.

One thing we might be surprised to learn about you:
I have run four half-marathons.

Three things you always have in your fridge:
Dijon mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise.

Who or what inspires you?
The people I work with, both in the office and out in the community, each day. Mark Haden is the person who inspired me to become a social worker and choose this community for my practice.

Most healthy habit:
I make sleeping 8 hours each night a priority.

Favourite vacation spot:
Cuba, specifically Jibacoa.