Social Workers Help Make Sunshine Dreams Come True
Today is World Social Work Day, a day to highlight the role and contribution of social workers in providing services to the public. As a profession that focuses on helping to enhance the collective well-being, social work plays a large role at The Sunshine Foundation. There are numerous volunteers within our network, as well as staff, who have a social work background, as well as professional social workers who work both directly and indirectly with Sunshine to make dreams come true.
Social workers play a major role in the referral process for Sunshine Dream Programs - meeting with children and their families, often being their first connection with Sunshine and encouraging them to apply to have their dream fulfilled.
“Without social workers, a lot of children that would potentially qualify for a dream would get overwhelmed in all the paper work and the treatment schedules and their dream would get lost in the process,” says Krista Minnice, National Program Manager for Sunshine. “Social workers help to keep the importance of Sunshine’s mission front and center, not only with the families but with the medical team that cares for these children as well.”
Sunshine regularly takes on student volunteers and interns to help with our mission. Libby Wright is a 3rd Year Bachelor of Social Work student a Kings University College at Western University, currently doing her practicum at Sunshine. Joining us in the office since January, Libby has been involved in a quality assurance project, providing an impartial third-party between dream recipients and Sunshine to assure the best possible Sunshine Dream experience.
“As a student, I am building the foundational communication, interviewing and evaluation skills required to be an effective social worker. Talking to diverse individuals across Canada, I have gained valuable knowledge about the helping relationship as it relates to each individual. My favorite part about working at The Sunshine Foundation is hearing the wonderful stories families, volunteers and children have about their experience with Sunshine.”
Without social workers, Sunshine wouldn’t be able to serve as many children as we do each year so to all of you from all of us, thank you for helping make Sunshine Dreams come true.