Carolyn Thom is a certified child forensic interviewer who has helped families as a social worker for over 22 years. She has dedicated most of her career to keeping children safe as a Specialized Assessor/Investigator at the Zebra Child Protection Centre in Edmonton for the past 15 years. So, when Carolyn joined our team at The Forensic Practice, we were thrilled!
Over this past year, I had the opportunity to learn more about Carolyn, especially about some of the things she does to stay grounded and focused in a professional field where it can be, frankly, quite difficult and rare to see the actual difference you are making. One of these things she does is volunteering with Habitats for Humanity. As a volunteer with the international and local (Edmonton) chapters of Habitat, Carolyn has helped to build houses for people in Canada and around the world.
I asked Carolyn about her involvement with Habitat, and this is some of what she had to say:
Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.ca) provides me with opportunities to work with families that value safety and independence. I love to see hardworking families contributing their “sweat equity” into their own homes. The parents are so proud to work side by side with the volunteers, and they are so genuinely grateful to be in a position to provide safe, affordable housing for their children in their own communities.
The builds are always fun and it is so rewarding to see a tangible quality product after the hard work. Often times, working in the child maltreatment world, there are not many opportunities to see an outstanding end product. With my volunteer work I am always guaranteed that there will be lasting evidence of remarkable collaborative work that has changed the fate of a child.
Thank you Carolyn and Habitat for Humanity for the generous and exceptional work that you do. You are an inspiration to us all!