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Meet the Team – Hello, I’m Erin Nolan, Clinical Therapist

Join us on this journey of discovery as we shine a spotlight on the people who collectively embody the spirit of Radius. Below we continue on this journey and meet Erin – another remarkable individual who represents all that we do at Radius!

Why Did You Choose to Work At Radius?

Over the years I had heard so many wonderful things about Radius (SAFE-T and HTC prior to the merger) that when I saw the job posting I decided to take the leap!

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WORK WITH CHILDREN/YOUTH WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED, WITNESSED ABUSE, NEGLECTED, OR WITNESSED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

I have always wanted to work with children, even before I decided what avenue to take my career. When I was doing my MSW, I did a placement at CAS Toronto and for the first time felt like I’d found my passion. There is such responsibility to support families struggling with abuse and harm, but it is truly an honour to help families and see them make changes and come out the other side healthier, stronger and safer.

Working at Radius is an extension of the work I started 17 years ago; instead of referring to an agency to support the children and youth, that’s where I am now- doing that work; providing that support. The opportunity to support other professionals in better understanding and supporting the children, youth and families that Radius serves is another area that I am really passionate about.

Can you share a memorable experience or achievement that you’ve had while working at Radius?

Creating a presentation with colleague Kelsey Harford to deliver to a 4th year York University social work class regarding the impact of domestic violence on children was really special.

Are there any specific projects or initiatives you’ve been involved in that you’re particularly proud of? Why?

Because of my background, I really enjoy the CAS consultations and supporting my former colleagues who continue that amazing work. In addition, I am hopeful that more collaboration with CAS’s will be possible with the creation of protocols or partnerships or trainings.

What motivates and inspires you in your work?

I believe change is possible.

I believe people can make incredible comebacks; and that mistakes don’t define us or indicate our worth.

I believe that difficult conversations are often the most important and that in those conversations, kindness is found in the clarity they provide.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in this field?

This work is hard. It will sit with you. It’s not the kind of work you can drive home from at the end of the day, and so creating self-care strategies that allow for rest and rejuvenation is vital for longevity and to maintain perspective.

That being said, the possibility to witness and be a part of the incredible journeys of children, youth and families is humbling and an honour.

Is there anything else you would want to share with us?

Two of my favourite quotes:

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”  ~ Maya Angelou

“Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.”  ~ Dobinsky

Thanks Erin for taking the time to let us get to know you a bit better!

Stay tuned for our next “Meet the Team” post, where you’ll meet another incredible individual at Radius!