Well, hi there, I'm Joanna and welcome to my Social Work Profile Story Board! This story board is going to explore my evolving profile as a social worker over the span of the SOWK 201 course. I love gardening. I find it not only therapeutic but also very gratifying to nurture and watch something grow from a seed. When it comes to gardening the possibilities are limitless and I think the same can be said for social work.
Every gardener knows that the secret to a successful harvest throughout the season, all depends on rich, nutrient dense soil - it's the foundation of a good garden. Lets take a closer look at who I am as the foundation of my social worker profile.
This year marks my 10th year as a university student - education is very important to me and I believe it should be accessible to all. I believe people have the right to quality education regardless of where they are located and they should be safe while attending school whether it be primary or post secondary.
As a chiropractor and birth doula I believe everyone has autonomy over their body. People have the right to make informed decisions about their health care, and that their consent is paramount to the care they receive and their decisions be respected.
As someone who previously was homeless and did not know when my next meal was going to be, I am a strong advocate for affordable housing and access to healthy, nutritious meals. I do not think anyone should have to make the decision between affording rent/bills or food. One's home should be their sanctuary and refuge, not a place of violence and trauma. I have sat on Boards of various not-for-profit organizations to ensure marginalized communities have access to safe affordable housing and food.
I believe literacy is a fundamental human right and the basis for any individual's ability to learn. It is essential for social and human development and provides individual the skills and empowers them to transform their lives, and in turn, an improved standard of health and ability to earn a higher income. All forms of literacy are important, including health and financial literacy.