Work Placement Student Reflection

Hello CASDA members,

Considering the COVID-19 situation, my placement with CASDA is ending sooner than anticipated. May will be my last month as a graduate student with you.

These past four month have been quite the journey! And I mean that literally, as I have been acquainted with you by gathering your narratives about the journey of how CASDA became CASDA, from Nova Scotia to Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and even the Yukon. I have listened to the stories of those who pioneered the alliance’s growth and have valued this opportunity to work with you all in this strong national alliance that you have built together.

These next few weeks, I will be continuing my work with the French WAM webinars and updating the COVID-19 Navigation Guide everyone has so wonderfully contributed to. In addition, my program at Ryerson University is taking the initiative of meeting the immediate needs around COVID-19 of youth and young adults in four identified “at-risk” sectors, one being young people with a disability*. We want to hear from young people about what it is that they need! Please take a moment to send the attached flyer to all the young people and families you know.

Although this means that certain plans won’t see their ends as anticipated (RIP my thesis), it does mean that they may be rehashed in the future once we are all in a safe place.

Thank you for being a part of my journey.


Stephanie Côté MA of Child and Youth Care Candidate

* The other sectors are youth transitioning out of care, Indigenous youth of remote communities, and youth living in group homes.

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