Meet DASH’s newest team member: Alicia

This September, I was faced with a dilemma that haunts so many recent post-secondary school graduates; what now? Where do I go from here? How do I make an impact? Will I even get to do what I want to do?

Having a degree in nutritional sciences, health has always been on my mind. Through internships and summer jobs, I’ve learned that it is not just about healthy eating, but also about a healthy lifestyle. In all of these past experiences, I have worked closely with children, but found that, although fulfilling, a fully hands-on approach with children all the time was not exactly what I was looking for. So I found myself asking, how could I impact the lives of children and create better futures for them, but in a more behind the scenes way?

So that’s how I ended up at DASH, which provides me with the perfect balance. It’s working for to promote healthy schools at a higher level, but still being able to fully see the impact you make. For example, iWalk has been in the works for the past couple of months and now that it’s here, we are able to go visit the schools and participate in the festivities! Being able to see your plans in action always brings an overwhelming amount of joy and fulfillment and schools tend to give me a happy and nostalgic feeling that I cannot seem get anywhere else.

The past few weeks have been wonderful. I really didn’t know what to expect when stepping into this role as Project Assistant. My favourite aspect so far is being able to have a part in all the amazing projects and programs happening around the office, such as iWalk and the After School Sport and Arts Initiative. The ever changing projects keeps me on my toes, I don’t think I will ever be bored! The culture at DASH is also great, everyone seems to work hard and work passionately, but still find time for the small things like taking a meeting outside on a nice day or reading everyone’s horoscope on a Friday. DASH is definitely unique and I’m very glad that my first out-of-university experience begins here. I’ve found my place and now the only question is; where will DASH take me?

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