As many of you know BANA has a long history of hosting post-secondary Students for internships. Today, two of our Social Work Interns, Suhaida (Sue) Mutembei and Angie Kubica, both who have been with us since September 2013, have finished their placements. We wish them both the best of success and wanted to share some departing words from both of them.
I began my journey into the last year of my undergrad in Social Work as an intern student at BANA on September 9th of 2013. Coming into the agency, I felt nervous and excited about the education and work I would be embarking on for the next eight months. My supervisors, Dana and Leta, were extremely welcoming and made me feel right at home even prior to my first day during the interview process. The entire staff at BANA made the transition from student to working professional a graceful and enjoyable experience for a nervous student such as, myself. I was given my own office space and there was a name tag above my desk with my name on it. I was also thrilled to discover that I would be sharing this experience with one of my fellow social work peers and friends Suhaida and a psychology doctoral student Jean, it made the experience all that much more enjoyable.
I was given the privilege of meeting so many wonderful individuals that come through the doors of BANA. The learning experience here has been second to none. I was able to test out my skills as a social worker at an appropriate pace. I was guided and provided with positive reinforcement, constructive criticism and social work wisdom from experienced clinicians. I was able to gain experience on and individual, group, and community level. The health promotion team consisting of Mia and Amanda allowed me to join them on several community outreach projects. I was able to be a part of the weekly dinner program at Sandwich Teen Action Group that is put on by BANA to help promote affordable and healthy, balanced lifestyles within the Windsor Essex County Youth.
Sadly, the end of my internship is on April 30th, 2014. Overall, my experience has been more than I had expected. I have learned so much about the field of social work and have also gained a lot of insight in other fields; such as, psychology, statistics and office administration. I have met so many great people along the way. I would like to personally thank my supervisors Dana and Leta for being amazing educators and always having patience in working with me while guiding me through the journey of achieving my undergraduate degree in social work. I would like to thank Luciana for being the most easy going executive director and always making me feel like BANA was a home away from home. Mia and Amanda, I would like to say thank-you for always making sure that any community outreach activity that I did was exciting and for buying me coffee’s on those early mornings or late afternoons. It was always lovely to come into BANA early in the morning and be greeted first thing with a “good morning” from Chandi and Pat. Lastly, I would like to thank the newest members of the BANA staff Jaclyn and Nicole for being so friendly and having a great sense of humor to lighten everyone’s moods. I am very sad that I will no longer be coming to BANA every morning; however, I will continue to volunteer and visit regularly!
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING BANA! Angie Kubica
Hello, my name is Suhaida Mutembei. Many people call me Sue and I am a social work and women’s studies student intern at BANA since September 2013. My time here is soon coming to an end and I would just like to thank you all for this learning experience and opportunity for growth! I am grateful for being able to see the clinical and formal therapeutic side of the social work profession.
I am thankful for being able to utilize my feminist perspective here at BANA. When I first arrived, I was fearful of jumping into the professional role as Social worker. To be honest, I felt young, inexperienced, and nervous to interview a client or share my thoughts with the staff. My supervisors Dana and Leta have made me feel welcomed and appreciated which helped me to gain the confidence I needed. The atmosphere at BANA has also contributed to the feeling of comfort, respect, and honesty. The staff here are friendly, caring, and know how to make you smile on a cold cloudy day. I have also been able to share this unique experience with a fellow intern Angie, who has made it easier to normalize difficult emotions I feel from time to time. I was lucky to share an office with the psychology intern, Jean who has opened my eyes to the world of mental health. Traveling with the Health Promotions team Mia and Amanda, has given me a taste of community outreach and all the work that goes into spreading the word of what it means to be living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. But, I will truly miss all of the leftover baked goods and treats that are occasionally left in the fridge! 😀
And of course, working with all the inspirational individuals who have walked through the doors of BANA have taught me the importance of identifying emotions, reflecting thoughts, and expressing them in a healthy way. Every person who I was able to interact with has made me feel so grateful for allowing me to hear their stories. At first, I was almost 99% sure no one would want to share details of their life with me. After meeting with a few clients, I learned how supportive a genuine listening ear can be. As I listened to difficult stories, hard times and personal struggles, all I could hear were the strengths in every situation. The amount of resilience, strong will, and bravery I have witnessed has been truly inspirational and I thank you. I plan to continue my educational journey into the Masters program with special focus on crisis intervention and move forward from there!