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A few months ago, one of my closest friends told me that her and her partner were looking to adopt a child. She shared with me the lengthy interviews and application forms that they had to fill out as well as the numerous parenting classes they had to attend to even qualify as a potential foster family. She then asked if I could be her reference for me to vouch for her as a person, her capacities as a parent as well as provide a safe environment for this potential child.

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As a social worker with over 20 years in the field of helping others, striving to make a difference in the world and battling to maintain my optimistic view that the world can become a better place, I find myself wondering at times whether or not the small steps that I take as well as others to facilitate global change really does make a difference.


10 July 2019
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20 August 2016

Janice Hamel

Janice Hamel is a devoted social worker working in the health care field and proactively engaged in the international field.  She graduated from the University of British Colombia with her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in International Social Work.

Over the last 20 years, Janice has taken on the role of advocate, researcher, counselor, group animator, guest speaker and manager. She has worked with adults and children living with mental health issues, woman and children affected by violence, seniors and those in palliative/hospice care. As well as in combatting to end human trafficking.