If you want to continue growing your career to support education and health care in your community, this session will provide you with everything you need to know to get started, including information about our Addictions and Mental Health program.
Meet Your Host!
Jenny Slack (she/her), Program Coordinator
Jenny is a certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Practitioner with PSR Canada. With 12+ years of addictions and mental health field experience, she is passionate about supporting people in their recovery and assisting them to achieve meaningful roles. Jenny believes in lifelong learning and strives to embrace student-centered, strength-based practice. Jenny enjoys incorporating hands-on learning experiences within the classroom – whether it be on campus or virtually. From experiential simulation exercises to interactive role play scenarios, there is something for everyone in the Addictions and Mental Health Program!
I have previously worked in Human Resources for thirteen years specialising in Talent Acquisition. I love working with people and understanding their perspective.
The reason why I chose this program was because I live anxiety and have PTSD after an unfortunate event in 2016. With the odds against me I reestablished my life and career but felt something was lacking – I realised my true calling and my passion for helping others who may have gone through trauma or a similar situation. I decided to give up my career in HR because I wanted to do more and give back more. I came across this program and was drawn to it for how real and authentic it is.
An interesting fact about myself is that I was born in Bombay, grew up in the UK and Denmark before moving to Mississauga in 2002.
– Priyanka Alimchandani, 2021 Graduate
I am a 24 year old currently residing in Collingwood Ontario. My background education is within the practice of gender and women’s studies. After completing my undergrad, this program was the next step in my educational experience as I have a strong interest in pursuing counselling especially within a holistic realm. I aim to grow through working in different areas to increase my knowledge and ability to provide support to others.
– Lily Kanerva, 2021 Graduate
I studied at Carleton University and graduated in 2016 with a BA Majoring in Law. I also have two years of education from Algonquin College from the Correctional Worker Program. I have experience volunteering with the Elizabeth Fry Society as a court support worker and experience working in homeless shelters.
I am a strong advocate for those who suffer from mental health and addictions for I have struggled with both and have seen the devastating effects on individuals and their families alike. This program has provided me with a better understanding of how our government and community work together to dissolve barriers for people struggling. Through the Addiction and Mental Health Program and the guidance of the professors, I am learning more about current challenges we face as a society when dealing with the mental health and addiction crisis, and learning more about myself as an individual and how I can help.
– Elizabeth Jones, 2021 Graduate