At posAbilities, the individuals on our team help make the great work we do possible! Each team member contributes their unique skill sets, backgrounds, knowledge, and of course has a story to tell. For this reason, we are so excited to highlight the career-defining moments our ambassadors have experienced throughout the duration of the people of posAbilities campaign.

Emmalee Braun

I started working in residential care in 2015 and transitioned into the role of Community Support Worker. I entered the field because my little brother has autism and I was inspired by the people who worked with him to help him progress. When I moved back to Vancouver three years ago, I too wanted to help others in a similar way that support workers helped my brother. Since trying out something new was also part of my plan, I figured community support work was the perfect fit for me! Not only does this role allow me to work with tons of amazing individuals, but it enables me to see the city through a different lens and explore all of its nooks and crannies. For example, some of the adventures I’ve been on with my team include going to the beach, snowshoeing in the mountains, and gardening in the city. While engaging in plenty of fun activities is part of the job, this role does come with its challenges. The most difficult part is not always having the right answers in front of you. Using problem-solving skills and trial and error is a big part of the job. However, the deep-seated relationships I’ve built with the individuals I work with on a daily basis make every single challenge I face worthwhile. It is very fulfilling to see how much the individuals I work with have grown personally and solidified trust in me since I first started this job. I feel lucky to have the chance to work with a team and persons served that enjoy having fun and creating a safe environment for everyone. If I can continue making people laugh and smile at work, that’s something I’m really proud of.

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