Meet Isabelle: a Regional Training Coordinator Extraordinnaire

My name is Isabelle and I’m the Regional Training Coordinator for the BC Office of the Seniors Advocate’s Residential Care Project and am responsible for covering the Interior Health region. I was drawn to this project because of my passion for the wellbeing of our older population. My background is in social psychology but I like to say that I’m a people person. I’ve been volunteering and involved with the senior’s population for several years. My first experience was living with my grand-mother who had Alzheimer’s. I learned the hard way how to communicate with people with cognitive impairments. I was also part of a team who helped develop the Better at Home program in BC. My volunteering with older adults includes teaching a Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults called Remembering When, Snow Angels and I also teach a fall prevention exercise class at the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA.

As a Regional Training Coordinator, I believe in leading by example. Therefore, I have the privilege of conducting interviews with residents across the Interior Health region.

My experience has been richly blessed with compassion, empathy and love for that population.

I recently read a quote from Henri Nouwen that says: “Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” I’m honored and privileged to be part of a project that allows us to hear and capture the voice of residents in long term care facilities across BC.

As for the volunteers I come across in my training, I’m fortunate to spend time with like-minded human beings. I have great respect and truly feel grateful for the commitment and time you chose to spend doing this project.

I’m always pleasantly surprised by the quality of people I meet in my training. Please hear from my heart, Thank You volunteers! You all make a BIG difference!

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