What drew you to working at VBIS?
I started out as a volunteer and was very interested in working as a receptionist. When I saw that VBIS was looking for one, I just had to apply. It meant that I could do what I love and also be able to support a non-profit organization. Since then, I’ve been able to expand my role into Special Projects, which is also something I’m very passionate about.
What is the best part of working at VBIS?
Making connections with the people here, and learning stories that I can translate to my life outside of being a receptionist. It has really helped broaden my perspective and apply that knowledge in different circumstances, like at my other job, and at school. Brain injury is stigmatized and not everyone is aware of its effects, so working here has been so educational for me.
What is the most important thing you learned working at VBIS?
The value of having an open mind and being empathetic. It has taught me to approach circumstances from a different perspective, to put myself in other people’s shoes, and help clients to the best of my ability. Being a receptionist means that I am the first person that clients interact with when they come through the door, so learning how to best help them at VBIS is my number one goal.
What is a fun fact about you?
I am a volleyball player (setter!) ! I am also working towards my Kinesiology degree to eventually become an Occupational Therapist!