3 in the Key (May/June)

This months edition of 3 in the Key is special.  Previous editions of this segment focused on front line staff and will continue to do so in the future.

But this month we focus on 3 Mental Health Management members.

1 new Director, 1 new Manager and 1 well known manager who is known to be the biggest Rafael Nadal fan in the UNIVERSE!

So what does eating raw lobster on a Cuban fishing trip, tossing undergarments at a Tom Jones concert and a Car wash/detailing service for staff have in common?  

Lets find out in this months 3 in the Key….

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Ping R. (Patient Care Manager for In-Patient Mental Health at the Birchmount Campus, 3B/3C/PIOU)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Playing with makeshift toys, nothing fancy.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

A Chinese actress– Sylvia Chang

What do you feel most proud of?

Baked a non-deflated Chiffon cake

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

The mysterious Machu Picchu

What are your top three favorite books and why?

All books in Chinese (English links provided)

Dream of the Red Chamber

Journey to the West

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If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Revisit the legalization and regulation of Cannabis

What is your favorite part of your job?

Opportunities to make staff proud of their work

How long have you worked at TSH?

5 months

How would your friends describe you?

Very practical and creative in getting things done

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Wake up naturally after having a good night sleep

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

Better cooking skill for life enjoyment

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know________

I don’t like nonsense

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Chinese obviously

Who did you first see live in concert?

Some Chinese singers back home

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Red carpet event to get rush tickets to the Hunger Games movie

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

It would have been something from staff feedback

What other languages do you know?

Mandarin & Taiwanese

Do you have any hobbies?

Go to movies and contribute to reviews

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? Taste.

How about weakest?  Sight and hearing

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Eating raw lobster meat on a Cuban fishing boat 

 

Shawnna B. (Patient Care Manager for Community Services; Crisis/POP/ACTT/JAMH/ICM/ADHD & Adult Out-Patient Services)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Playing Lion King with my younger sister and reenacting the “Long live the king scene.” Obviously, I was Scar and my sister was Mufasa. I used to have her hanging off the diving board as I recited the line, and then would push her fingers off and watch her fall into the pool. I also liked playing the “Queen game,” where I would act like the Queen of England (because we share a birthday) and get my sister to run around and do things for me.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

I can’t think of any South Asian actresses besides Mindy Kailing. We have the same pitched voice, so that works.

What do you feel most proud of?

I always wanted to pursue a career where I could help marginalized communities in some way, and be able to make meaningful changes. SRH has given me the opportunity to do this. I have been fortunate enough to be able to influence changes in the neighborhood I grew up in. I’m so proud of the achievements we have made, particularly how we have really worked to increase access to quality mental health care in Scarborough.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I love travelling and can’t pinpoint one place. Countries currently on my wish list include: Madagascar, Argentina, Cambodia, Vietnam, Portugal, the smaller non touristy towns of Italy and Spain, and I could really go on and on

What are your top three favorite books and why?

Pride and Prejudice

Why? Mr. Darcy, enough said. (On a side note, Colin Firth is hands down the best Mr. Darcy. Everyone should watch the 6 hour BBC version of Pride and Prejudice).

Emma

One of my favorite lines in all of literature is when Mr. Knightley says, “I cannot make speeches, Emma. . . . If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”

The Merchant of Venice

This isn’t my favorite play by Shakespeare. King Lear, Macbeth, and Titus Andronicus all surpass The Merchant of Venice for me. But, I fell in love with Shylock’s soliloquy the first time I read it, and it still moves me.

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,
organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same
food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,
heal’d by the same means, warm’d and cool’d by the same winter
and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If
you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?
And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the
rest, we will resemble you in that.

 If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Meet Nadal. We should really work on strengthening our ties with Spain.

 What is your favorite part of your job?

Refer to question 3!

How long have you worked at TSH?

5 years

How would your friends describe you?

Ambitious, loyal, compassionate, hardworking, determined, directionally challenged, and undomesticated.

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Sleep in, go for brunch with friends, grab a flight to watch the French Open in Paris, the end.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

How to fight. Refer to question 1. My sister is taller and stronger than me now, and for some reason she wants revenge.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know

I absolutely hate Jack Armstrong. And everyone knows my number one nemesis is Djokovic.

 What’s your favoThairite type of cuisine?

Currently, it’s .

 Who did you first see live in concert?

My mom took me to see Tom Jones when I was a kid. I was confused as to why so many older women were throwing their undergarments at him.

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Food. Toronto loves lining up for food.

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Large screen TV for Grand Slams and playoff times.

What other languages do you know?

Tamil, kind of. At times it may just be me speaking in English, but with an accent…

 Do you have any hobbies?

I joined a pottery class, I wasn’t good at it. I joined ball hockey, flag football, dodgeball, volleyball, and softball. I wasn’t good at those.

Does watching sports, drinking wine, and travelling count as hobbies? Because then yes, I have hobbies.

 Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Strongest – taste

Weakest – sight

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Again, I can’t pick. I love travelling and try to go on one big trip each year. I’m fortunate to have friends with similar interests, and parents who took me all over the world from a young age. Some of my favorite “exotic” places have been Oman, South Africa, Israel, Egypt, Ghana, and Sri Lanka.

 

Sari G. (New Director for Mental Health, Seniors Health and Family Medicine Teaching Unit for SRH)

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What is your best childhood memory?

I have always loved animals, especially dogs. I was that kid that went up to every dog I saw despite the warnings from my parents so my best childhood memory was the day I got my very own, not stuffed, puppy for my 7th birthday.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Jennifer Lopez

What do you feel most proud of?

Being the mother of two fantastic amazing kids.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I’d love to go to Spain and Portugal and all around the Mediterranean. Sounds exotic.

What are your top three favorite books and why?

A Man Called Ove

Cutting for Stone

When Breath Becomes Air

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

I would never want the job as prime minister so I’d probably resign.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Working with amazing people and contributing to making positive differences in the lives of so many patients, families and staff.

How long have you worked at TSH?

20 years!!

How would your friends describe you?

I think fun to be around, a bit competitive (or maybe extremely competitive), and someone who would do anything for them

What does a perfect day look like to you?

In the summer, a round of golf with my husband and kids followed by lunch, a swim, and then spending time with friends in the evening in the backyard, enjoying a BBQ dinner and some great wine. In the winter, I’d probably exchange the round of golf for a day of skiing, and then dinner in front of the fire…also with some great wine!

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I’d really love to perfect my short game in golf. I need to be able to win.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____

I hate losing at any game.

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Sushi

Who did you first see live in concert?

Madonna

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

A ride at wonderland

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Car wash service – interior and exterior

What other languages do you know?

A bit of French

Do you have any hobbies?

Golfing, anything that keeps me active. I love to run.

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Smell is my strongest sense; and I think hearing may be my weakest.

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

A week-long sea kayak trip down the Baja peninsula

 

Mental Notes would like to thank Ping, Shawnna and Sari for participating in this months 3 in the Key installment.  You are key players in our department.

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3 in the Key (March/April)

Sorry for the delay.

A lot of changes happening at TS(R)H.  We all hope that these changes will maintain the exceptional care we provide to our community as well as push forward with the innovative visions we have put into place.

That being said, here is a semi-late post of 3 in the Key (March/April)

 

So what do these 3 stars have in common?

 

Introducing 3 Key staff members of the MH team at the Scarborough Sites……

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Nancy R. (Secretary at MH Adult Out-Patient Clinics, 1225 Kennedy Rd.)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Summers in Portugal

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Angelina Joile

What do you feel most proud of?

My three wonderful children

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Bora Bora, love the peace of nature and the water

What are your top three favorite books and why?

Receipe books – love to cook and bake,  try new things

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Created programs to support people in need (poverty, disability, single parents, mental health)

What is your favorite part of your job?

My fellow co-workers and patients make me love to work here. I love making people smile.

How long have you worked at TSH?

16 ½ years

How would your friends describe you?

Easy going, friendly, caring, helpful and dependable

What does a perfect day look like to you?

at the cottage, waking up and having my coffee looking out at the lake. Going kayaking on the lake, followed by a BBQ with family and bon fire with a few glasses of wine. lol

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

Crisis training, CPR, De-escalating conflict and  info sessions on specific illnesses to increase my understanding and ability to serve my patients.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I like to cook

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

I love a variety, love to try different culture cuisine. I love Indian, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, greek etc.

Who did you first see live in concert?

Bon Jovi

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Passport

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Renovate office, a nicer waiting area for patients and no carpet.

What other languages do you know?

Portuguese, understand Italian, Spanish. My patients teach me how to greet them in their language, Polish, Greek and Cantonese.

Do you have any hobbies?

Cooking, and I love the out doors

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Strongest:  Taste

Weakest: sight (I wear glasses lol)

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Being a single mother, I can’t afford to travel but would love too. I went to Aruba

 

Steve T. (Case Manager, Community Programs Assertive Community Treatment Team, 2425 Eglinton)

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What is your best childhood memory?

My Grandmother cooking in the kitchen.  I was just in awe of how many dishes she was able to make.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (of Kim’s Convenience) – he seems to channel how I look only he carries it better!

What do you feel most proud of?

At home: My family.

At SRH: Having the privilege of working at the community programs site with some of the best people I have ever met.  Their sense of caring and compassion for clients and colleagues are what I feel most proud of.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would love to take a cross-country trip across Canada as there is so much to love about our wonderful nation that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience seeing it from coast to coast.

What are your top three favorite books and why?

A Wrinkle in Time: This was the first book that made an impression on me in grade 3 and got me interested in the Sci-Fi genre.

The Art of Racing in the Rain: An unexpected book where the author tells the story from an auto-racing loving golden retriever’s perspective and how we develop our inextricable connections with our beloved canines.

Ordinary Moments – The Disabled Experience: A wonderful book of compiled individuals’ accounts of their struggles with various disabilities in their daily lives.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

I would ensure there are more supportive housing resources for people who are at-risk.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Seeing over time how individuals we work with tap into their own strength and resilience to forge ahead and reach their recovery goals.

How long have you worked at TSH?

18 years

How would your friends describe you?

Thoughtful, helpful, with an ok sense of humour.

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Waking up to a warm, sunny spring day and going for a drive with no particular destination in mind and no place I have to be at.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I would really like to learn to play the guitar as it seems so versatile to be able to take it wherever you want and to play a tune either for yourself or to entertain others.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I really like to watch improvisational comedy.

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Yes! Cuisine is my favorite…. any.  As long as it’s cooked with care and love.

Who did you first see live in concert?

I think the first concert I saw live was when I was in school and went on a field trip to see the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  The amazing richness of the live sounds subtle and loud made quite an impression on me.  As for the first live concert I paid money to see, I believe it was Genesis (the band).

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

I seem to remember it was for Krispy Kreme doughnuts when they first opened in Mississauga.  I waited with some friends for two hours to try those “super-delicious” warm classic glazed wonders.  Ahhhh memories……  (see #13)

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Individual hvac controls for each office

What other languages do you know?

Cantonese

Do you have any hobbies?

Aside from food…..?  Does barbecuing count?!  I do like to work on/geek out on cars, music and woodworking.

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

I think my strongest sense is of hearing, my weakest – smells.

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

China was amazing as I’ve never been to mainland China until we went there to adopt our eldest son Justin.  The sheer numbers of people in the cities were incredible as was the Great Wall.

 

Ashley M.  (RPN/Case Manager, Community Crisis, Birchmount Campus)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Skiing with my grandfather

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Cameron Diaz

What do you feel most proud of?

My nursing career

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

If I could go anywhere, I would travel to Africa. I would really enjoy helping the communities and going on an adventurous safari!

What are your top three favorite books and why?

I don’t have much time to read, however when I do get a chance I enjoy reading Jodi Picoult novels. One of my favourite is “House Rules” which is about a child with Asperger’s syndrome that finds himself involved in a murder. Very intense, had me reading for hours.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Put more money in to mental health programs in the community

What is your favorite part of your job?

Being a positive influence in my patients lives.

How long have you worked at TSH?

Since 2005, I started on 3C medicine at the general campus

How would your friends describe you?

Well, I asked my friends this question and got many interesting answers…I will go with “Hardworking, genuine, passionate and empathetic”

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Hiking with my dog, cooking a new meal and killing it at the gym!

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

How to have better control of a motorcycle so I could get my full M license this year!

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know________.

I love ice cream!

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

I enjoy food in general… but would have to say italian.

Who did you first see live in concert?

The Backstreet Boys

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Tim Hortons… otherwise I don’t do lines!

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Be able to open the windows in the crisis office on 3B so we could get fresh air

What other languages do you know?

Sadly, none

Do you have any hobbies?

Cooking, hiking with my dog, the gym and travelling

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Strongest- Smell Weakest- Hearing…however maybe I have selective hearing!

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Been to many places but I would say Santorini, Greece

 

 

Mental Notes would like to thank Nancy, Steve & Ashley for this months contribution.  You are all Key players in our department.

 

3 in the Key (February 2017)

February was short and unfortunately our latest post of 3 in the Key is a day late but the show must go on!

For February’s edition of 3 in the Key we focus on yet another Social Worker from our Justice and Mental Health (JAMH) program, another Social Worker from our Adult Out-Patient clinic at 1225 Kennedy Rd. location, and an exceptional and experienced RPN on our in-patient unit 3B.

So what do Kerry Washington, 3 day weekends & a concert to Journey have in common?

Introducing 3 key staff members of the MH department….

Halimo H. (Social Worker for Justice and Mental Health/JAMH)

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What is your best childhood memory?

My best childhood memory is eating dinner as a family every night. This was really important to my parents, and with seven family members, dinner time was often a riot. With all my siblings grown up and all over Canada, those memories help us remain close.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Kerry Washington.

What do you feel most proud of?

I am most proud of the relationships I have with different people in my life. I think they are a testament to who I am, and they bring me a lot of joy.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

My dream is to one day go to Ireland, find a vast field, and make my way to the middle of it and lay down. That’s the happy place I go to in my mind when I am stressed. Having lived my whole life in the city, there’s something very humbling and serene being surrounded by sky and land with no obstructions as far as the eye can see.

What are your top three favorite books and why?

  1. The alchemist-beautifully written, and encourages me to my value my dreams.
  2. Harry Potter series– because they’re awesome
  3. The complete collected poems of Maya Angelou– I love poetry, and Maya Angelou is an exceptional poet, author and woman.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Free dental care for everybody! It’s so absurd that dental is not included in ohip.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My team 😀 . I work with amazing people, and that extends to all the staff at 2425.

How long have you worked at TSH?

I was a student with JAMH before becoming a staff member around May 2016. So in terms of working, my one year anniversary is approaching.

How would your friends describe you?

I posed this question to my friends, their response “open-minded”.

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Sunny, good sleep the night before, and no line at Starbucks. I’m very easily pleased.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I would love to learn how to sew. I tend to go shopping with an outfit already in mind and can never find what I pictured. Why not just make it myself.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I never know the right words to songs but I sing them like I do.

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Anything with cheese in it.

Who did you first see live in concert?

Backstreet Boys

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Not by choice, but Service Ontario wait times are the worst.

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

A little library

What other languages do you know?

Somali

Do you have any hobbies?

I play ball hockey poorly. I’m a little too into board games as well

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Strongest: Smell

Weakest: Sight

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

We lived in Syria when I was very young. As an adult, the most exotic (but not really) place I’ve travelled to would be Australia.

 

Melissa D. (Social Worker at Adult Out-Patient programs at 1225 Kennedy R.)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Swimming with the dolphins with my family. I love dolphins!

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

I really don’t know, but many people have drawn parallels between me and Emma Stone?

What do you feel most proud of?

That I get to wake up every day doing the job that I dreamed about since I was little. 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would love to go to Africa to explore the culture and the jungle!

What are your top three favorite books and why?

“Love You Forever”- Robert Munsch

My Mom used to read this to me when I was little. It has a lot of sentimental value to me. 

“Next” –Michael Crichton

I read this during a period of time when I was really interested in genetic counselling.  It was riveting.

  “Camp X”- Eric Walters

I really enjoyed this book when I was in elementary school as I related the content to my Great Grandfather who would always tell more stories about World War II.  I got the meet the Author, which was really cool.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Make weekends 3 days instead of 2. I firmly believe that this would increase quality of life and life satisfaction immensely. 

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love listening to people’s stories; I feel privileged that I get to help client’s be successful in achieving their own goals.

How long have you worked at TSH?

Since August 2016; 7 months

How would your friends describe you?

Always laughing and giggling; the “Mom” of the group; also has a dirty sense of humor 😀

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Not waking up to an alarm clock, homemade brunch, maybe a nice walk outside with my dog, a good book and quality time with my loved ones

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I’d like to learn to play the piano.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I’m very shy!

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Mexican….mmmm tacos!

Who did you first see live in concert?

Hedley

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Tickets to see Jimmy Fallon live in New York City

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

A chef who could make lunches for the staff, because food made by someone else always tastes better!

What other languages do you know?

Sadly none, but I would love to learn Spanish

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a sucker for dance; I teach fitness classes and I love to dabble in the odd tap or hip hop class. I also love to swim! 

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Strongest- eyes

Weakest- I don’t know. I’d like to believe they are all pretty strong.

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Grand Cayman. I hope to expand this repertoire soon!

 

Jessica B. (RPN on In-Patient Psychiatry 3B)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Going with my bestfriend to their farm for a month in summer, stealing her grandparents mangos.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid of the Philippines

What do you feel most proud of?

Being a nurse

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

In Madrid to watch bullfighting

What are your top three favorite books and why?

All Dale Carnegie’s books. So informative.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Cut taxes and government spending.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Giving psychoeducation, counseling and health teachings to patients

How long have you worked at TSH?

6 years

How would your friends describe you?

Funny, bubbly, friendly and approachable

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Everybody’s happy and smiling

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

Sign language. To make friends with deaf-mute

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I am a Virgo. Down to earth. 

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Solid Filipino or Chinese

Who did you first see live in concert?

Journey

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Hahaha waiting for my Hello Kitty at McDonald’s in Hong Kong (1994)

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Swimming pool

What other languages do you know?

Basic Spanish, Cantonese, Italian and German

Do you have any hobbies?

Oh yes! Karaoke, dancing, biking, coin collecting, sewing, drawing, arts and crafts

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Touch is my strongest and sight is my weakest.

(Haha you’ll see me napping on my breaktime because my eyes get tired so easily; and likes day shifts.)

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Hong Kong, China

 

Thank you Halimo, Melissa, & Jessica for contributing to Mental Notes!

-Mental Notes

3 in the Key

Working in Mental Health at The Scarborough (& Rouge) Hospital or any facility where there are numerous branches within a department can be overwhelming.  Many know that you can get stuck within your own branch not knowing what really happens throughout.

At The Scarborough (& Rouge) Hospital our mental health department is made up of 4 main trunks.  In-Patient Mental Health, Adult Out-Patient Mental Health, Community Mental Health Programs and Crisis.  Each trunk/branch playing a key role in this ecosystem of Mental Health.  As someone who has worked within a couple of these areas as well as connected with various staff members in lesser known ones, I have found that majority of the staff have no clue what other branches actually do.  Let alone know who they are and how inter-connected we actually are.

 

Every month Mental Notes will shine light on 3 staff members within mental health.  3 staff members who many may or may not know.  All in hopes of acquainting each other and breaking down these ‘silos’ that many have come accustomed to.  So the next time you see some of these new/old faces, your response would be a ‘hello’ instead of ‘who are you?’

And to keep things interesting instead of the run of the mill LinkedIn style profile.  Mental Notes has come up with a set of entertaining questions.  Have a look and prepare yourself, you might be called upon in the coming months to answer these questions.

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Introducing

3 in the Key

 

Dr. Denise Sum (Psychiatrist at Adult Out-Patient, will be transitioning to In-Patient)

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What is your best childhood memory?

summer weekends in Muskoka

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

hmm there aren’t many well known Asian actresses… maybe Zhang Ziyi

What do you feel most proud of?

maintaining a healthy work-life balance

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Russia to see the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet companies, marvel at the Hermitage Museum, and walk in the steps of Dostoevsky and Pushkin

What are your top three favorite books and why?

Hamlet

Notes from the Underground

anything by Augusten Burroughs

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

choose a good cabinet

What is your favorite part of your job?

hearing people’s stories, being part of their recovery and seeing them get their lives back

How long have you worked at TSH?

Since January 2016

How would your friends describe you?

caring, loyal, & creative

What does a perfect day look like to you?

sleeping in, going to a yoga or barre class, reading and sipping a cappuccino in a quiet café, exploring a new neighborhood in the city, dinner with loved ones, and maybe catching a concert or dance performance.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

surfing, for a fun challenge and different way to experience the ocean

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know: I love giving and receiving cards!

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

it’s a tie between Japanese and Italian

Who did you first see live in concert?

Weezer… unless you count Raffi

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

TIFF rush tickets

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

a yoga studio and sauna/steamroom

What other languages do you know?

some French, Spanish, and Cantonese (but not fluent in any of them, unfortunately)

Do you have any hobbies?

flamenco dancing, yoga, and karaoke

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest?

listening, because I’m a psychiatrist 😉

How about weakest?

sight; I am nearly blind without my glasses.

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Thailand or Chile

 

Kathleen P. (Registered Nurse for In-Patient Mental Health)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Going to New York City every summer to visit my aunt

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Any Filipina actress!

What do you feel most proud of?

Completed my first half marathon October 2015

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Asia backpacking trip! (fun and affordable)

What are your top three favorite books and why?

Anything from Series of Unfortunate Events

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

STOP CUTTING DOWN ON NURSES!

What is your favorite part of your job?

Seeing patients get better and go home

How long have you worked at TSH?

5 years this coming May 2017

How would your friends describe you?

Always there to listen to their problems and an NBA fanatic!

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Hiking with my boyfriend and my dog

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

Cooking

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know:  I am a night owl!

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Anything Japanese

Who did you first see live in concert?

This is embarrassing… Air Supply

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Uncle Tetsu cheesecake (2 hours)

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

A better hand-sanitizer/hand soap for the staff, I’ve noticed many colleagues over the years suffering from dermatitis because of that

What other languages do you know?

Tagalog

Do you have any hobbies?

Running and biking & baking

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest?

Smell

How about weakest?

Hearing

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Bahrain, Paris, & Cuba

 

Jawad B. (Social Worker for Justice & Mental Health/JAMH)

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Jawad B. (on the right, obviously)

What is your best childhood memory?

Travelling with my family every summer across northern Ontario, I think we made it as far as Hearst.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Most Definitely it would be Mos Def!

What do you feel most proud of?

My education, after completing my first undergrad degree and working for several years I returned to school part time to complete my BSW and quit my job to complete an accelerated MSW.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I’ve always wanted to ride a motorcycle to the west coast of Canada and then south through the Americas ending my trip in Tierra del Fuego. I think it’s important to know, see, and experience the land you are in.

What are your top three favorite books and why?

Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul

It is a comedic tragedy…there is humor in pain and challenge.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

It is a must read, it shows how much a person’s past and experiences make them who they are and the power of friendship and brotherhood.

Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom

It is a great reminder to live life to its fullest

Anything by Paulo Coelho and Noam Chomsky!!!!!

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Increase funding for Aboriginals focusing on increasing health care and mental health services for Aboriginal children and youth.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love the fact that every day of my job is different, locations, clients, and the challenges that go along with them.

How long have you worked at TSH?

5 years currently and I was here as a student and for a 18 month contract prior.

How would your friends describe you?

The guy always drinking a coffee, cooking something, that always has a story to tell that he never gets to the end of…

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Calm water on a lake fishing.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I’ve always wanted to learn to dj.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know:  I’m a prolific writer.

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

I have a few but they are predominantly south east Asian. Vietnamese, Thai, and Malay etc..

Who did you first see live in concert?

Shabba Ranks

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

I don’t do lines…

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

We need a lounge with some funky lighting, bean bag chairs and sofas, a house dj would be nice too but I’d settle for a jukebox in the lounge!

What other languages do you know?

I speak a little French, Urdu, and Punjabi.

Do you have any hobbies?

Fishing, reading, and cycling.

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest?

My sense of sight, I have better than 20/20 vision.

How about weakest?

I’m told that my hearing is weak!!!

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Singapore

Thank you to Jawad, Katherine and Denise for their submissions and supporting Mental Notes.

Again, 3 in the Key will profile 3 staff members every month.  Be on the lookout for February’s edition.

-Mental Notes