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Get to know the BCRS staff

November 1, 2023
Quick intro about yourself and your role here.  

I am Geet Monga. I work as a Lead Facilitator at Branches Day Program. My primary job is to provide a therapeutic environment to our residents, involving them in indoor and outdoor activities which engage and enhance their knowledge and abilities.

Your favourite BCRS moment?  

Visiting Parc Omega with fellow staff and the residents.

Any professional or personal goals you're working on?

To become more self-conscious.

Hobbies or passions outside of work?

Making my home nice and clean.  

Share a fun fact about you.  

I like to ride bicycles with my 9-year-old son.

Your go-to snack during a busy workday?  

Bananas!


Introduction and role at BCRS.

My name is Dadirac Santos. I am a mom to a 10-year-old girl and live in Orleans. I have been with BCRS for over a year. My role with BCRS is a Day Program Group Facilitator at the Rockland Branches location.

What is your favorite moment or experience at BCRS?

One of my favourite BCRS moments was when the Branches Orleans and Rockland Day Program went to Mont Cascade Waterpark. It was nice to see our clients enjoy themselves and have a great time.

What are some professional or personal goals you're currently working towards?

I am currently working on some professional goals within the agency. Personally, one of my goals is to be more active (especially physically) this year!

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

My hobbies and passions outside of work is spending time with my daughter. I love her very much. I like listening to music, watching documentaries and stand-up comedians, especially George Carlin and Dave Chappelle!

A fun fact about yourself.

A fun fact about me is that I have an adorable kitty-cat named Bella who is over a year old and enjoys playing around my place lol …hehehe.

What is your go-to snack during a busy workday?

During a busy workday a go-to snack that I enjoy having is Ritz Crackers, Granola Bars and Yogurt!



Introduction and role at BCRS.

My name is Dora Foster. I have been at Bairncroft for about two years, working at the Blackheath house. I am a Keyworker for two residents and enjoy my role caring for them. The Blackheath house is a high functioning house where we have a lot of fun going on many outings. The girls enjoy outings like camping, swimming, and skating. Staff help the girls to strengthen and maintain their skills so they can be as independent as possible.

What is your favorite moment or experience at BCRS?

My favorite BCRS moment was my trip to Iqaluit, Nunavut. I escorted our client on a home visit up North. We spent a week enjoying sights. Our client made special memories with family and took many photos. We saw all the sights and enjoyed the pristine beauty Iqaluit has to offer. We immersed ourselves in the culture, eating the freshest country food. I got to try foods I would never have had the chance to try anywhere else. Foods like whale blubber, artic clams, caribou, seal and artic char. We saw sled dogs working and went in real igloos. It was a once in a lifetime experience.

What are some professional or personal goals you're currently working towards?

My professional goals are to keep learning and growing. I hope to keep advancing. For me, this job is long-term and I am really excited to see what the future has in store.

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

My hobbies and passions outside of work are spending time with my 20 year old daughter. She is currently completing her bachelor in journalism at Carelton University on a partial scholarship. As a single parent, I couldn't be more proud. Health and fitness are important to me. I enjoy being active outdoors, hiking, and going to the gym. Salsa dance is a new passion of mine and I've been enjoying weekly classes since the summer.

A fun fact about yourself.

A fun fact about me is I can sing really high opera notes in any bathroom. Lol

What is your go-to snack during a busy workday?

My go to snack at work is cheese and crackers.



Introduction and role at BCRS.

Hi! My name is Sydney Ramsey! I started my BCRS journey in 2021 starting as a full-time employee. I had a fantastic team! The supervisor and key worker allowed me to learn more outside of being on the floor. In just nine months, I applied to be a Senior Residential Counsellor. I have had the pleasure of being SRC at two great programs!

What is your favorite moment or experience at BCRS?

At my first program, one of the clients loved to watch movies. We had a few days of having to stay at home. We had a Game of Thrones movie marathon. We had our favorite blankets and pillows, popcorn station, drinks, and even ordered takeout. It was a great few days!

What are some professional or personal goals you're currently working towards?

My professional goal is to keep learning new aspects of the job. The more I know, the better I am at dealing with all situations. My personal goal is to travel more. My first trip is to Florida in February!

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

I decided my 2024 resolution is to start crocheting and making bread again. I spent much of my childhood doing these activities with my grandmother. I have loved returning to these, though not good enough to show!

A fun fact about yourself.

 I just learned I can swim 100 meters underwater in one breath! 

What is your go-to snack during a busy workday?

 I love dill pickles and cheese. Many of my coworkers laugh when they see me with my bowl, but It’s my go-to snack.



Introduction and role at BCRS.

Hello, my name is Geurlin and I am a police foundations graduate. I work at the Gardenway residence. I have enjoyed and been with BCRS for 3 years as a behaviour counsellor.

What is your favorite moment or experience at BCRS?

My favourite moment has been going on the fairy bridge boat with the residents and seeing their happy smiles while crossing the bridge.

What are some professional or personal goals you're currently working towards?

I am continuing my education at Carleton University in psychology program. I hope to pursue my career in a psychology major. 

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

I like to stay active, so I go to the gym, play soccer and basketball on the weekends. I like to go on road trips with friends and family. I love to bbq for family gatherings and spending quality time with my little cousins. 

A fun fact about yourself.

A fun fact about me is I enjoy Japan’s culture, tattoos and I love their paintings. 

What is your go-to snack during a busy workday?

My go-to snack would be a granola bar with yogurt.



Introduction and role at BCRS.

 My name’s Jewelyann but most people just call me Jewel! At Bairn Croft, I am Senior Residential Counsellor at the Cara Residence. I love supporting my clients in their day to day lives and always ensuring we have fun activities planned inside and outside of the residence!

What is your favorite moment or experience at BCRS?

My favourite memory at Bairn Croft has got to be flying up North to Nunavut with my client for a home visit! It was fun, beautiful, and a little chilly!

What are some professional or personal goals you're currently working towards?

I just finished up my Bachelor of Social Work and am interested in pursuing my Masters. Still trying to figure things out!

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

I'm a huge extrovert and love going on adventures with friends such as road trips, zip-lining, and finding any good food deals in the city!

A fun fact about yourself.

Fun silly fact, I used to be an American Girl doll hair stylist so I’m always having fun trying new hairstyles on my lovely clients!

What is your go-to snack during a busy workday?

My favourite snack during a busy workday is probably Welches Fruit Snacks! 



Introduction and role at BCRS.

My name is Aisha, I am 23 and a Group Facilitator at Branches Day Program. I have worked with BCRS for over a year! 

What is your favorite moment or experience at BCRS?

My favourite BCRS moment was the Branches Canada Day BBQ. It was so fun seeing all the clients and staff and getting to relax, laugh and have fun altogether. 

What are some professional or personal goals you're currently working towards?

I am working towards becoming a licensed psychotherapist in Ottawa and I am currently in a Master of Counselling program. 

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work?

I love to craft and make greeting cards. I also enjoy reading, playing with my dog, seeing my friends, and having a good ole nap every now and then! 

A fun fact about yourself.

A fun fact about me is I adore tattoos and have 16. Hopefully more soon! 

What is your go-to snack during a busy workday?

During a busy workday I always need a boost of energy and love a small treat. I always bring candy as a pick me up and a boost of energy/sugar rush.



Introduction and role at BCRS.

My name is Katie Page! I am the receptionist here at the main office. My job is to welcome, so I do my best to be friendly and positive. I also handle of a lot of filing, filling order requests, and handling appointments. I feel rather like a jack-of-all trades and love it. 

What is your favorite moment or experience at BCRS?

My favourite BCRS moment? I have several! There are lots of staff and clients who make my day brighter. How could I choose just one?

What are some professional or personal goals you're currently working towards?

I have been trying to improve my French, albeit very slowly. And I have been planning my daughter’s third birthday party.

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work? 

Outside of work, I am a proud mom, I play World of Warcraft, read, and do quite a bit of crafting! I have a weakness for themed parties/events.

A fun fact about yourself.

Fun fact? I can remember gosh-awful dad with no problem, and I have been writing a Sci-Fi novel for the last few years. There may be horrible puns in said novel… 

What is your go-to snack during a busy workday?

My favourite work snack is probably carrots and peanut butter, but a nice crisp apple is second best!



Introduction and role at BCRS.

Hello, I'm Marc Beckstead. I have been with BCRS since 2018, working as a Behavioural Counsellor. Last year, I made the switch to BCRS's Social Media Consultant and I absolutely love crafting posts from the fantastic photos showcasing residents having a blast in their activities!

What is your favorite moment or experience at BCRS?

While I have numerous cherished moments at BCRS, my favorite involves our house trip to Omega Park. The entire day was incredible and witnessing the joy it brought to the residents truly created a wholesome memory for me.

What are some professional or personal goals you're currently working towards? 

Professionally, I am working towards getting better every day at using new technology and ways to improve BCRS visibility online. Personally, I am working towards eating healthier and living a more holistic lifestyle. 

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work? 

If you know me, you know I am a big fan of sports… Playing and watching, hockey and baseball being my favourites. I also enjoy learning about the timeline of our planet and how we have become who we are today!

A fun fact about yourself. 

A fun fact about me is that I have lived and played hockey in both France and Italy!

What is your go-to snack during a busy workday? 

Peanut butter and banana sandwich with a cold glass of milk!



Introduction and role at BCRS.

Hello, I am Emily Gibbons! I have been in this line of work since 2006 and at BCRS since 2018! I am the supervisor of the French Hill program and have had the pleasure of watching the clients grow and learn since 2019. Best team in the agency!

What is your favorite moment or experience at BCRS? 

That's tough, to pick just one. I love our BCRS functions. My favourite one was the Food Trucks that we had one summer. Clients and staff were so happy!

What are some professional or personal goals you're currently working towards? 

Professionally, my goal is to always help my staff grow and learn. And of course, make a perfect score on my monthly appraisal! Personally, my goal is always to help my children grow and learn! And be more organized.

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work? 

I love to craft, no specific craft, I just like to create things. Consequently, I also love to collect crafts. I also LOVE to read and I run two kids book clubs at my local library.

A fun fact about yourself. 

A fun fact Hmmmmm... I've lived in four provinces and been to all ten. No territories yet!

What is your go-to snack during a busy workday? 

The chocolate chip cookies from Costco, which my staff now call Emily's cookies!



Introduction and role at BCRS.

Hello, I am David Desmarais! I joined BCRS in March 2020, starting at The Emmett residence, and later was promoted to 2-Key in August 2021. Outside of work, I'm an active guy, thanks to the Goodlife fitness deal from BCRS. On Wednesday nights, you can find me at Rockland Boston Pizza for trivia with friends and family. I also love reading on my Kindle and giving back to my community through volunteering. The Big Brother volunteering program @ Rockland Valoris has always been a passion, making it easy for me to adapt to my role as a behavioral counselor. I'm truly enjoying my time here at BCRS!

What is your favorite moment or experience at BCRS? 

I worked with a resident who expressed a desire to travel to Montreal, so the team collaborated to organize a successful day trip. We had a fantastic time, prompting us to plan an overnight stay a year later! The experience was filled with laughter, pictures, and lasting memories. The resident caught the travel bug and we can't wait for our next adventure.

What are some professional or personal goals you're currently working towards? 

I'm satisfied with my professional goals and maintaining a good work/life balance at the moment and would dislike for any adjustments to jeopardize this balance. On a personal note, my goals include getting a minimum of 8 hours of sleep per day, procrastinating less, and improving my response time to text messages to the same day I receive them (lol).

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work? 

I LOVE to read. It's how I start and end my day. I carry my Kindle with me everywhere I go. I'll cycle at the gym and read. It's as easy and accessible as checking your phone. I recommend a Kindle to everyone!

A fun fact about yourself. 

My father and I share the same birthday, October 16th!

What is your go-to snack during a busy workday? 

I always have 1.8kg of Kirkland/Costco trail mix bag at work. It’s basically smarties with obstacles. I love it.  


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