On April 2, 2018, the 1st Year Community Worker students at George Brown’s St. James Campus spreading awareness about Sickle Cell Disease. The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario’s Team Member, Serena Thompson was on hand to assist them in answering questions and providing information to the attendees.
Representatives from the Black Health Alliance, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada and TAIBU Community Health Centre were in attendance along with Beverley Salmon, Toronto’s first female black Councillor to participate in the event.
The Community Worker Program at George Brown prepares students to work with individuals and communities across a range of issues (i.e. poverty, housing, violence, discrimination, settlement, etc.) in ways that are responsive to their multiple and changing needs. Awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and it’s impact on the community in which these future Community Workers will serve will help them to better meet the needs of those living with the disease.