Averee’s passion for youth grew during the eight years she volunteered at Anvil Island as a camp counsellor. But, she saw a need for the youth to have continued support after camp life was over and wasn’t sure how she could provide them with it. In her words,“I would encounter youth who really needed more support, and who grew to trust me- but I didn’t have enough time or energy to give them on top of my day job.”
These days, you can still find Averee caring for young people, this time as a youth worker with Youth Unlimited. And each day can be different, depending on the needs of her youth at the moment. But for her, it’s all about relational connections.
Averee provides support to her youth through a variety of ways including playing games together at their Mobile drop-in centre, giving support to a late night panicked phone call about a friend who is overdosing or sometimes taking a youth out for coffee and assisting them with their resume. For Averee, it is simply being there and providing care for the youth that give Averee the reason to do what she does. “I love that this job is non-clinical – these kids feel like we really care, because we really do!”
When Averee has a day off, you can find her floating on a lake, making pottery, or on a road trip with her husband, Kevin.
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