It’s been four months since I took on the role of executive director at Why Not and the time before and since has been an unprecedented, wonderful blur.
Truthfully, I feel like the past decade or so has been preparing me for this time and place. After teaching for ten years, I went on to work for ONEchurch Brantford in communications, getting to know and appreciate the greater church community in Brantford.
In the fall of 2019, I was introduced to the homelessness crisis in Brantford. As I volunteered and advocated for the homeless, I became disheartened by the chasms along the path to housing and wellness. My predecessor, Becca McLellan, compared this to a staircase with missing steps; I would add that some steps are so narrow that only a few will fit at a time. This leaves others to tumble backward into homelessness, addictions, and despair.
All of this drew me to joining Why Not in 2019 as a youth worker. I didn’t give up on the greater homeless community – far from it – but how much better would it be if these precious people had never become homeless in the first place? This, as you know, is one of the primary mandates of Why Not Youth Centre.
Working with the youth at Why Not has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. Big things have happened and more are on the horizon. I am confident that the things we dream of can become a reality thanks to our incredible community backing. People like you make our motto actionable:
“Some people see things and say, ‘Why?’
We dream things that never were and say, ‘Why not?’”