Seed for this Project
The seed for this project was planted after a community group run in November 2016. Since then, it has evolved over the last few years, culminating in a series of workshops/presentations which have been successfully offered in Mission and Abbotsford. We are a Mission BC-based company committed to the following.
Changewerxs was developed from a commitment to the understanding that while knowledge is wonderful, unless knowledge is applied, it is just theory. Practice does not come from Theory. It’s the other way around. We can always obtain knowledge from all different forms of social media. But the application of knowledge, and the continued practice of that, is what facilitates change.
All workshops are interactive (individual, paired or small group activities and discussions), only of a 2- hour duration each and seek to accomplish two objectives. Firstly, it’s predicated on enhancing and deepening group learning through the dynamic and organic sharing of participants’ knowledge and experiences pertinent to the topic at hand. Secondly, in our ‘busy’ lives, a 2- hour workshop helps to sustain our attention and focus, keeping it pithy, specific and effective.
Workshops and seminars are adapted for specific client groups. With teams or homogeneous groups, there will be consultations on the learning needs of each target group. And each participant will be given a handout package which enhances the in-session work as well as providing extra material (often with up-to-date research articles, depending on the topic).
Our topics include, among others, Assertiveness, Boundaries, Conflict Management, Managing Change, Procrastination, Crisis Management, Stress Management, Resilience Skills and Workplace Stress. A host of other topics can be found on our website: changewerxs.com, which include a summary of each topic’s content.
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To date, our community partners have included, but not exclusive to, the following organisations (both in terms of workshops or presentations):
North Shore Emergency Management (NSEM), UFV (Abbotsford Campus), Mission Lifetime Learning Centre, Abbotsford Learning Plus, Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, Emergency Support Services (Mission Fire Rescue), Fraser Valley CPA Association and the City of Mission.
Jason is a retired Group Therapist and Social Worker in the field of Community Mental Health & Substance Use Services. He has over 40 years’ experience as a practitioner, facilitator and manager in the social services arena (over 26 of those are in the field of mental health).
Trained in England, his experience included work in England, Wales, the United States and Canada. He has a BA in Economics and a Masters in Social Work (& Social Policy). He is also UK-trained as a Probation Officer.
He specialises in interpersonal communications, cross-cultural communication, personal development and workplace management. Jason is a UK certified Field Instructor, and in recognition of his skills, was awarded the Practice Teaching (Field Instruction) Award by the UK Central Council for Education & Training in Social Work. He also earned his Certificate in Training & Development from the UK Institute of Training & Development, and was a Ministry staff trainer for 3 years in the UK.
A few years prior to retirement, Jason’s role (a self-demotion!) was as a facilitator/trainer with Fraser Health Authority’s Group Therapy Services in Mission, where he facilitated workshops and intensive groups for both staff and clients. Previous to that, he was a Clinical Coordinator at the same centre for over 20 years. Currently, he still co-facilitates evening Anxiety, Depression and Assertiveness groups at Mission Mental Health.
Jason has also co-facilitated Relationship Violence groups at Abbotsford Probation for 17 years (‘retiring’ in 2022).
On the volunteer front, he has been volunteering with MESS (formerly Adopt-A-Block) since 2017; Mission Folk Music Festival since 2017; Canada Day since 2018 and is a self-published author in 2019. His main interest is as a volunteer with Emergency Support Services (ESS), part of Mission Fire Rescue (since 2018). He is privileged and humbled to be of service to his community and beyond (like being involved with the 2021 wildfires and flooding).
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