"I do Peer Family Support. Our son had a manic episode at 17. Having been through the experience, I am passionate about partnering with families as they support their loved one's recovery."
I’ve lived in the Valley my entire life except for a year on Horse Lake in a beautiful log cabin: you could jump on your horse and ride forever. By 17, I was quite successful in barrel racing at junior rodeos – I had a wonderful horse named Barbie.
I started at Fraser Health as a community care facilities licensing officer. After eight years, I wanted something different: that’s how you learn. I became a case manager in the Supported Housing and Residential Program in MHSU (Mental Health and Substance Use). It was a big learning curve, but I thrive in chaos.
Now I do Peer Family Support. I help families work through stuff I wish I'd had someone walk me through. Our son had a manic episode at 17. We eventually got him into the EPI (Early Psychosis Intervention) program. He's been stable for three years. Having been through the experience with our son, I am passionate about partnering with families as they support their loved one's recovery.
Gardening gets me back to the earth. I live on six acres in Aldergrove. We sell veggies - pumpkins, apples – out front using an honour box. People stop by and chat and we share life together. It's a vibrant community.
~ Wendy Clark, Community Engagement Specialist, Mental Health and Substance Use Peer Family Support