Social Service Worker grad driven by passion for helping others

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Graduate Spotlight: Ajurenmisan Emiko

For Ajurenmisan Emiko, social work is more than a job. It’s a calling to make a difference in the world.

The new graduate of the Social Service Worker program at Durham College (DC) is ready to get out there and help those in need, regardless of their circumstances.

“Social work is a profession of hope and compassion. The world may think in good or bad and black or white, but as social workers, we are grey,” she said. “We are the spot in between, a safe space with no judgement and no discrimination; only advocacy and a strong passion for equality and equity.”

From courses in counselling techniques and group dynamics to community outreach projects and placements at various agencies, the program gave her the practical skills and experience needed to work in the diverse and complex field.

“The past two years have been an incredible learning experience. I’ve gained valuable knowledge and insights into the world of social work,” she said. “I’ve met inspiring professors and fellow students who share my passion for positively impacting people’s lives. I also had the opportunity to work alongside dedicated professionals who inspired me to continue on this path of making a positive impact in our community.”

Though she’s always had a passion for helping others, the curriculum gave her a solid academic foundation, from courses in psychology to specialized subjects like counselling techniques, case management, and addictions and mental health. There was also a strong emphasis on gaining practical experience with a required student placement of over 600 hours at different agencies. That allowed Ajurenmisan and her fellow students to apply their classroom knowledge in real-world settings, working directly with clients and communities.

“My experience and the connections I made here showed me the power of empathy and care. It’s incredible how a compassionate ear and genuine support can make a world of difference in someone’s life,” she said.

Her goal is to provide compassionate support as a counsellor and to help people work through the struggles and issues they are unable to share with others out of fear of being judged or misunderstood.

As she moves forward in her life and career, she’ll look back fondly at DC.

“I’m filled with gratitude for the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired here,” she said. “I’m thankful for experiencing this amazing chapter in my life at Durham College. I can’t wait to take what I’ve learned and apply it to create meaningful change in our community.”

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