Child Life Specialist Month!

Thank you Afifah, and all your colleagues, for all the great work you do. Join us in celebrating Child Life Specialist Month in March! 

Q 1. What led you to working as a Child life Specialist?    

I was a volunteer at the legacy site for a few years, and then my little sister spent some time at the hospital. As a new student at Dawson, at that time, I spent the majority of my breaks at her bedside. This is when I became in awe of the pediatric setting and the professionals that I was encountering. As months went by, my family and I found support in a Child Life Specialist. I started to explore the career further and made the decision to change my path from becoming a lawyer, to becoming a Child Life Specialist. Working with patients to help promote positive healthcare experiences and to help reduce the stress and fear associated with coming to the hospital is a role I feel honoured to be able to do. 

Q 2. What is the best advice that someone at the MUHC ever gave you?    

The best advice I have received from a colleague is that a simple smile can go a long way! 

Q 3. Tell us about working with your colleagues.  

Working with my colleagues has been a true gift. Over the last seven years, I have been able to create meaningful relationships with my colleagues in both Child Life and Hematology/Oncology. These relationships have created a work environment that is supportive, fun and collaborative! We all share the same goal; providing the best quality of care to our patients and families, which is a unifying factor across the MCH. 

 4.  How do you like to relax and unwind after a shift? 

I like to relax and unwind after a shift by spending time with my loved ones, going for long walks and discovering new cafés in Montreal.