What is your role with COAST?
I have been employed with London-Middlesex Paramedic Service for 23 years.
What interested you about working on the COAST team?
Through my years of working I have come to understand how critical and time sensitive the window of opportunity is when supporting individuals experiencing crisis. So when the opportunity came to partner with LPS, CMHA and SJHC to establish an outreach and support service for those experiencing crisis, I immediately knew I wanted to be part of that team.
What benefits do you hope this program will provide to the community and to vulnerable populations?
Coast offers many avenues for individuals accessing and navigating mental health and/or addiction services and programs, creating a more positive outcome for clients. I believe that when we instill hope in someone, meeting people where they are at, without judgment, something very powerful can happen. Change is possible.