Summer is coming to an end, the air is getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change, and students of all ages are heading back to the classroom and to new beginnings. This fall, I too, am embarking on a new journey. I have just joined the Legal Health Clinic as a Legal Health Check-up Worker focused on Wellington County. My role will be to conduct outreach and administer the Check-up (https://legalhealthcheckup.ca/) all across Wellington County, from Clifford to Puslinch and all the communities in-between.
Growing up in Fergus and now residing in Centre Wellington I know the challenges of accessing supports from rural Ontario. As a rural resident I also come to this position with a background in youth justice issues, having sat on the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities for two years. The role of Legal Health Check-up Worker is allowing me to combine my passion for youth justice with my love of rural Ontario.
I look forward to taking on this blog and following in Sarah’s footsteps, who envisioned it as a platform to ensure transparency.
“Our mission is to make this project as collaborative and engaging as possible, so it’s only fair that you, our community, gets to see inside the kitchen to see what the cooks are up to, so to speak. We want, above all, for the Check-Up to be a useful tool for anyone who uses it, and you can’t tell us if it is or not if you don’t know what’s happening!”
She also saw the blog as a way to gain feedback.
“We want yours! Whether you’re someone who uses legal services, a social services provider, or an interested community member, we’d love to hear from you. No project that doesn’t invite ongoing input and critique is worth its salt. So don’t be shy – tell us your ideas about how the Legal Health Check-Up can best suit your needs.”
This is only my second week as a Check-up Worker and I am already excited by the new contacts, and community members I have met during this time. I look forward to even more interactions and learning opportunities during my time in the County.