My name is Eveline Stewart. I am a French-Canadian who has lived in Hamilton since 2002. My husband David and I have been attending many of your functions over the years. We truly appreciate the love for the family and the community cohesiveness we experienced with you. We have been promoting those values in our work with the Universal Peace Federation and Women’s Federation for World Peace over many years. I decided to go back to school in 2016 to complete a diploma of Addictions Care-worker through a continuing education program at McMaster University. Additionally, I volunteered at a community treatment program for two years and did a practical experience course at a residential treatment facility. This formation helped me gain knowledge and enhance some skills but I must disclose that I have not acquired the official certification (CACC) from Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation, the addiction workforce regulation body. I have been inspired by what I have learned and the different approaches used to help individuals overcome this very persistent, problematic predicament. By opening a conversation on the subject we could deepen our understanding and recognize the factors that can improve our community resiliency. My hope is to submit short articles and different links as a starting point for conversation. This would enable us to have a more informed exchange. I would also like to invite anyone in the community to contribute your knowledge, experience, expertise or questions for the benefit of all. I believe such a collaborative approach would be more enriching and meaningful.
Some additional information;
After I introduced myself I was asked some questions from the HFCC officers. I think many members have similar questions so I will try to clarify some points.
There was some worry about maintaining confidentiality, a valid concern. In the training for counseling and managing the care of people with addiction issues, the importance of maintaining confidentiality is paramount. We thought it would be better for those with questions or concerns to send their questions directly to my e-mail. This way I can address your concerns and give you proper information. If/when I talk about your area of concern in a speech/article, your name would never be mentioned.
I was also asked if I am expecting to be paid for my contribution to HFCC Facebook. The answer is No! My intention is to support the well-being of the Filipino community: elders, adults and youth. Additionally, because I have not completed all the requirements to obtain the certification from CACCF it would not be ethical to ask for payment.
Hopefully, I will provide useful information for your community, more knowledge and a better understanding of how to deal with and help those in need. I will not offer treatment but can help to connect individuals to the proper sources of care in our community.