Class of 2021
Jenn Henderson volunteers coordinating and delivering meals to Elders each month, is employed by Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre, and is motivated by making a difference in the community.
She recently sat down with YMM and chatted about things that people are surprised to learn about her, her heroes, and her career.
YMM: What is the most rewarding part of your career?
JH: Knowing you’ve helped someone that may have been struggling. When you drop off food and the kids are excited to see fresh fruit & vegetables you know they needed it. It’s hard to ask for help, and many of those requests go unanswered. I try my best to connect people to any resources I can’t provide. I want them to feel heard, seen and validated.
YMM: For what are you most grateful?
JH: My family, we have had some very hard years, having a support system during trying times makes anything possible to overcome. We work together, we have open communication, unconditional love. I didn’t always feel I had this, I’m grateful I do now.
YMM: What is something people are always surprised to learn about you?
JH: I have my Reiki Master certification, my attunement was in the center of the Stonehenge several years ago. It was truly a life changing experience that I am forever grateful for. I’ve always struggled with a lack of confidence in myself and this is something that came to me naturally.
YMM: Who is your hero?
JH: I have two. My dad, he’s currently recovering after his fight with his second cancer in the last two years. He faces each day with optimism, and never gives up. He teaches my kids humor, shows them love, kindness, they are the center of his universe. The second is my mum, she works harder than anyone I know. She can make something out of nothing, recycles & reuses to no end. Supports everyone as much as she can, she never stops working till she sleeps!
YMM: How have your priorities changed in the last 10 years?
JH: I was working in the oil industry for 18 years, then moved to energy healing, then volunteering and in the end community outreach worker. Being able to take Industrial Training and experience, putting it to use for a non profit is so much more rewarding than I ever found climbing the corporate ladder was. Shifting the focus to community is more fulfilling for me, although the hours are similar the impact of the time spent in non-profit is tenfold.