What is your personal relationship to or connection with mindfulness?
I have studied Mindfulness at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic and began co-leading mindfulness meditation sessions at the Ottawa Hospital's General and Civic campuses about six years ago with Sheila Robertson. Today Sheila and I continue to bring mindfulness meditation to interested staff members at the General Campus on a once a week basis.
Today both Sheila and I instruct a mindfulness meditation class to 1st and 2nd year med. students at the University of Ottawa. We are presently in our third year of this endeavour. Mindfulness is now a compulsory course at the UofO for students in their first and second year of study.
I have delivered several brief talks and intros to mindfulness meditation at retreats organized by Hospice Care Ottawa (HCO) and use mindfulness when co-facilitating the ten week Spousal Loss program at HCO,
Last but not least I continue to have my own personal practice in mindfulness and am a member of the Pagoda Sangha Buddhist community here in Ottawa, attending weekly Dharma talks and sharing as well as participating in the retreats organized by the sangha. I have received the Five Mindfulness Trainings as written by Thich Nhat Hanh.
What is your professional work? As this is a mindfulness-based professional's network we require each member to disclose his or her profession (i.e. teacher, psychotherapist, MD, lawyer, etc.)
My mindfulness studies began while I was still working as a Social Worker at Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa (CA). My career as a social worker began in Montreal with the Directeur de protection de la jeunesse and evolved into a twelve year stay at CA where I assessed members of the community to be volunteer advocates with people living with disabilities.
Using mindfulness-based techniques in professional work
Being a retired Social Worker I now focus of bringing Mindfulness to professionals in the hospital milieu as well as med students who have not yet begun their professional careers. The goal is to offer them a way to live better within a stressful work and study environment and demonstrate tools that they can use in their professional and personal lives to bring positive change to their lives and to the community that they touch in the course of their profession.
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