Hello! My name is Fitsum – though most people call me Fitz – and I’m proud to call Kitchener my home. I’ve worn a number of different hats in both the public and not-for-profit sector for over 10 years with a focus on health promotion, youth advocacy, and program delivery. I also volunteer with REACH for it, a recreational program for youth diagnosed with FASD, and the Young Carers Project, a research-based community collaborative that is working to mobilize supports for young carers in the Region.
My experiences have helped me understand the different types of barriers to inclusion that many people face. This conflicted with my vision of a community where everyone’s life has meaning and purpose, and so in 2014 I joined Bridges to Belonging (formerly Facile WR) as an independent facilitator to work to that end. Though I had to step away from facilitation last year to finish school, I’m excited to return to BtoBe in this new role. With my ground-level understanding of the organization I look forward to ensuring that facilitators can continue to ‘work their magic’ helping individuals build a life in community.
Dr. Sandy Shamon
I look forward to a long term collaboration and learning with the Bridges to Belonging board and everyone else who makes BtoBe possible, especially the individuals who inspire this initiative and give our lives a greater meaning.