Nanny in Kitchener
Hello! My name is Rachel Clements, I am 23 years old, and I have graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Since graduating, I have spent the last two years living and working in an intentional community for adults with developmental disabilities, called LArche Toronto. The house I live in consists of five core members (adults with disabilities) and four assistants. My role at LArche is the role of an assistant, which is similar to a personal support worker. I am responsible for helping the core members with daily routines including bathing, cooking, accompaniment to medical appointments and various outings, shopping, and household cleaning. I am also responsible for providing emotional support to the core members. This past August I transitioned into the role of House Leader, extending my responsibility to include care of the core members, as well as managing a team of assistants, and organizing the rhythm of life in the house. The role of House Leader includes managerial tasks such as scheduling, financing, and facilitating meetings and job reviews. I chose to spend my summer holidays working at Ontario Pioneer Camp in Port Sydney, ON. I was a small group leader at a program for teenage leadership development. My role included mentoring teens as they completed a four-day canoe trip, followed by a two-week training program. I like to keep active in my spare time. I have many hobbies including lane swimming, yoga, running, and biking. I am an avid reader and I enjoy painting and writing. I love anything outdoors- camping, hiking, canoeing, and sailing. I have found my work with developmentally disabled adults difficult and yet extremely rewarding. I have found relationships with the core members of my house to be mutually transforming; I have learned a great deal about myself as well as my housemates. I am passionate about helping empower others. I enjoy helping others discover and develop their own leadership abilities. I am looking to nanny for a family in Kitchener come January (2014) Although my experience as a nanny is limited, I believe my two years with LArche has given me valuable skills that will help me as a nanny. I am able to complete household duties, drive, cook, and I would not shy away from children that may have behaviour challenges. I am also flexible in my working hours. I have worked four summers at Ontario Pioneer Camp, in Port Sydney, ON. I have worked with children ages 3-17 during my time at Pioneer.
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