Monday, January 24, 2011

Introducing Julie, Marketing Representative Intern!

The Psychology of Quest

Sometimes you walk into a new place and know instantly that this is a place where good things happen; this is a place inhabited by respect, cooperation and vision. The first time I stepped through the doors at Quest, I knew this.

My name is Julie and I am so excited to begin working with Quest! I am a counselling psychology grad student at Adler School of Professional Psychology doing a part-time practicum placement at Quest for the next six months.

I feel so fortunate to be working with Quest, especially since we share the same passion and values. I strongly believe that protecting and building a sense of self-empowerment is vital for all of us to be the best we can be for ourselves and loved ones. Plus, as a bit of a health nut, I also believe that a nourishing diet and having choice over our own fuel is the basis of an energized and focused way of living life. Empowerment, respect, energy, choice and a sense of community all existing in one organization; what more could a practicum student ask for?

I will be spending the bulk of my time working on one specific project. This food security project will entail connecting with many social service agencies in Vancouver that could potentially be utilizing programs that Quest offers, such as the bulk ordering program and the stores. In addition to gathering data about the agencies, the core idea is to inform and familiarize these agencies with Quest so that they realize how beneficial it would be for them to use Quest as their main food supplier. If these hardworking agencies can save time and money on feeding their clients, then they will have more resources to put towards fulfilling their own mandates. It sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t…everybody wins!

I will be blogging regularly and keeping everyone on the edge of their seat, waiting to hear about the sure-to-be ground breaking discoveries and progress that will be made. I will also be doing a bit of research on food security programs from a psychological perspective and will be posting any interesting tidbits of information I uncover there.

Thanks for reading!

Julie

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