Marose Bellehumeur (MScOT’05) was drawn to the client-centered values of occupational therapy. After stumbling upon a promotional banner during OT week and volunteering with an OT at Bridgepoint Health, Marose developed a further interest in the profession and being a part of “finding the strengths clients have within themselves so they can recover from the challenges they’re experiencing, whether it be a physical health injury or a mental health concern.” Her work often includes supporting clients to self-advocate in order to navigate cultural, social or institutional barriers such as poverty or lack of access to resources.
Currently, Marose works as a Mental Health Advisor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Marose was always interested in mental health “because it is universal and a part of the human experience that we all share. Some students I work with have a diagnosed mental illness and all of them have capacity for good mental health. Being mentally healthy is about wellness, resilience, achieving our dreams, and recovery.”
Using a strength-based approach, Marose and her team provides one on one short term counselling and case management support for students to enable their personal growth and skill development to succeed in their academic work and other life goals. Additionally, her team develops and implements various mental health initiatives, including fostering student engagement, developing the community’s awareness of mental health and increasing their capacity to respond to peers needing emotional support. This year, the team’s initiatives include the development of a Student Advisory Committee and Campus Connected.
Marose has recently been awarded the Staff Awards of Excellence which recognizes staff members who have made outstanding contributions in their roles and achieved excellence in demonstrating UOIT’s core competencies. The award reflects her team’s ongoing efforts in highlighting the importance of mental health for students at UOIT. Furthermore, as continuing education is important for Marose, she is currently in the process of attending workshops and completing certificates to support her learning goals. Congratulations Marose!