The weirdest things get you thinking. The thoughts swirl around in you head, just waiting to get out. My thoughts always seem to lead me to change the world in any sort possible. As I was watching CBC’s the National, they did a segment on new graduates creating jobs because it seems that schools are creating clones. I know for certain that I am not a clone. For one, in the last years of my degree I was pulling in 4.0s and excited to graduate. I was was also given the opportunity to expand my horizon. I challenged myself. My criminal justice degree is one of human services, geared towards being the first responders to situations of help. Further school will help you become the person that individuals see after the first response. While still in undergrad I was given the opportunity to change lives. I went full force. With the success of the Calgary street survival guide. I took the notion, made it my own and made something similar, but different for my future home. I hit the ground running, and cold called the practicum place (which allowed me the freedom to go forward with my idea). The practicum was in Addictions and counselling. Something that criminal justice is familiar with, but not much delved into while in university. So with my ambition and innovation I entered into the field of Addictions – with a Criminal Justice background. I created the Yk Street Services Guide booklet and website (ykstreetservicesguide.weebly.com). It seemed that everyone I went to about the guide loved it, from the RCMP, to Salvation Army, to John Howard, to various other major agencies.
The good news came while I was back here after just recently graduating… My practicum place received more funding to print even more copies than the proof of concept over the summer. So i feverishly with help from those in YK updated a new booklet and website and set forth to publish again. To date over 2,300 views since inception on something base solely on word of mouth.
This is what I call Innovation. I saw a need; took it head on; and succeeded (all while doing an undergrad degree). So now I am thinking of Masters of Social Work or a Masters of Sociology where I can taking my innovative personality to a higher level. I’m excited for what the future has to hold. Thank you to those who allowed me to grow.