This is Annette’s story, our Advocator for Individuals ASLS supports
Annette has been with ASLS for two and a half years and was hired as a CSW.
Born and raised in Newfoundland, she lived in Ontario for 20 years before moving to Grande Prairie.
Annette has been married 32 wonderful years, has five children and 13 grandchildren!
Why do you stay?
“This is the most caring and supportive place I have ever worked for. They genuinely care for the individuals and the employees. When ASLS says we work as a team, it truly is a team and the best team I have ever worked for.”
Why did you want to take on the challenge?
“I love to work with people, and I hope at the end of each day I made everyone’s day just a little brighter.”
What is one of your fondest memories so far?
“There are so many fond memories but one that sticks out the most is the work I did with an individual getting him ready to move out on his own and prepare him for being on his own.”
What do you tell yourself when it is a stressful day? How do you practice self-care?
“I tell myself that no matter how stressful it is on me it must be so much harder for the individual. I was very bad on self-care in the past but recently I have learned to take time for myself just to relax and sit.”
What would you say to the founding parents if they were here right now?
“I would tell them that the work and support they give to everyone from the employees to the individuals cannot be matched by any other organization. They really give you the tools and support to do your job to the best of your ability.”
How has ASLS impacted your personal life?
“I can’t begin to say the positive way ASLS has impacted me personally. I have had so much support and care from everyone at ASLS especially in the past 10 months. Knowing that I had such a caring employer who supported me through that time meant more to me than words can say and I could never thank ASLS enough.”
Quick facts about Annette:
– She loves spending her spare time with her family
– She was a figure skater for 18 years AND played hockey for 8 years