As part of Mental Health Week 2023 and the theme of #MyStory, the WRSPC team is going “beyond the bios” to answer 5 questions which share different pieces of their stories.
Continue reading to learn more about Chantalle, one of the Program Coordinators with WRSPC!
What is one song, movie, or television show that is guaranteed to make you smile?
Oh, this is a tough first question for me, but I will go with the classic show, “Friends”. I have seen every single episode multiple times, and I think I laugh out loud or at least smile during every episode no matter how many times I’ve seen it. Everyone has a different sense of humour and I think “Friends” nails it with every single main character being funny in their own unique way.
Name one place, community, or situation where you feel a sense of belonging or feel most at home?
Other than being with my husband and children in my own home, I feel a strong sense of belonging with my extended family. My mom’s side of the family has always been very large but tight knit. My cousins felt more like siblings to me when I was growing up and we still gather often even if it’s just to take up a 25 seat table at a restaurant every few months.
Most of my husband’s family lives in Jamaica and I have been there more times than I can count. It truly feels like a warm, second home to me.
What is your favourite self-care or stress-reducing activity or habit?
It’s taken me a long time to prioritize true self-care and sometimes it’s still hard, but one of my favourite ways to reduce stress and care for myself would be going for walks; I can just feel that energy shift. Getting lost in a good, “just for fun” book is another great one for me! But maybe most importantly, is coffee! Not even because of the caffeine but being a busy mom of 3 boys and working full time doesn’t always leave me with a lot of time for myself. I prioritize being able to sit down and drink my coffee while it’s still hot, and those few minutes of self-care help set me up for a good mental health day.
What is an accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Hands down, I am most proud of the mother I am and strive to be. Maybe being a mother itself isn’t always seen as an accomplishment but being a dedicated, open minded, ever evolving mother certainly is. I have realized that even though loving my sons fiercely is easy, almost everything else can be challenging at times. I have the mindset that I am growing and learning alongside my children, and I am really proud of what comes out of that.
Which aspect of your work gives you the greatest sense of purpose or meaning?
I am so thankful to have a job that brings me so much purpose and joy! Connecting with community members, especially youth, through schools and community events really fuels my passion for the work I am doing. I have often found myself amazed at the resiliency I see in individuals as well as the unique strengths each and every person brings to this world. I also feel a great sense of purpose when I am able to have a conversation and educate others on mental health and suicide awareness and prevention.
To learn more about Mental Health Week or to check out the other beyond the bios, visit: www.wrspc.ca/mental-health-week-2023