Colleen Lamond, an interview with our Team Lead of Admissions.
Meet the front lines of Bellwood Health Services Team Lead of Admissions
Colleen Lamond has been working with Bellwood for 8 years. She is the lead of admissions team and is one of the many faces people meet when starting their journey here at Bellwood. We asked how working in this field has changed her perspective:
“Everyday I am changing and I am learning, to the point where I have fundamental changes in how I navigate my life…how I communicate or share with my family and friends, how I impact others or how others’ experiences impact me, ways to cope with my own stress… Sometimes, it happens overnight and I wake up the next morning and I have such a profound awakening for something I learned the day prior…Whether it’s working with my team or working with a client or another organization…”
Leading a team of 8 staff can almost feel like leading a family so we talked to Colleen about how she would describe the family here at Bellwood and EHN Canada, which came together in 2014:
“We are a new, blended family that has come together…we are skillfully, mechanically and structurally sound, but the glue that binds us is our strong embrace of family-centered values.”
With most health care facilities, there is a lot of people looking for information to make sure they can get the best possible help for themselves or their loved ones and the screening process can help answer those questions. When talking to Colleen, I asked, “what is the question you get a lot that you wish people knew the answer to before coming here?”:
“Bellwood has very comprehensive programs that will leave no stone unturned. We will treat with the biopsychosocial model, so we look at what are your physical needs?…What are your mental health needs?… What are your social needs? So how do we work with you and how you relate to your family, your friends or other people? How do we work on any underlying traumas, mental health needs, your thinking patterns?”
She went on to say:
“We’ll also help you get physically well again with the medical care, with the nutrition, with the recreation training and so forth…I think that takes people by surprise at times, how you think you’re going to come in and you’re going to learn the skills for your addiction, how do I not use, when in actuality, you’re going to learn how to navigate your life in a whole different way that makes it a lot easier not to use. How do I create a life whereby it is easier not to use?”
We had a great time talking to Colleen, she is an adorable person, strong team player and a valuable asset to what makes Bellwood an incredible work environment. Looking forward to see what the future has to bring for her.