Please join us in expressing our gratitude towards Bonnie Segers who is retiring after nearly half a century of dedicated service to the children, youth and families of Sarnia-Lambton. She was honoured at SCCYS on June 2, 2017.
She has been a trailblazer through her work at St. Clair Child and Youth Services (SCCYS) and in her profession generally.
There are too many accomplishments to mention them all, but here are a few noteworthy contributions that should be acknowledged:
- In 1972, the year she started at St. Clair Child and Youth Services, Bonnie helped to develop the school-age programme, which, until 1989, served children aged 6 to 12 years and after 1989, it serves children and youth of all ages.
- In fact, she has always played a leadership role in developing programming at SCCYS including, among other things, anger management and social skills programmes for clients, and staff training including in non-violent crisis intervention, for example.
- Bonnie is a specialist in play therapy and in trauma work and has provided direct treatment to approximately 2,474 children and youth and their families.
- She was integral to the agency's summer programme, which included day camp and overnight camp (including developing programming and overseeing summer students working in the programme), thereby positively impacting the countless young people who participated in camp.
- A life long learner and contributor to her profession, Bonnie completed her bachelor of arts in June 1965 and returned to school 32 years later, to complete a master of arts in child development. She models the value of continuing education for her colleagues and her students, and always encouraged those around her to always strive to do their best.
- Over the course of about 22 years, Bonnie has been the field instructor for 44 students from the child and youth care worker programme at Lambton College.
- In April 2015, Bonnie was found eligible for membership with the new college of registered psychotherapists of Ontario, enabling her to use the title "registered psychotherapist"
- Bonnie has been a resident expert in team dynamics and the senior child and youth care worker at SCCYS for 27 years and a team leader with the clinical services division for approximately 18 years
- Always one to give back, she has always actively been a mentor to others. In 2012, she was a nominee for the Krista Sepp Memorial Mentoring Award, which honours enthusiasm in the workplace with peers and clients; empathy toward co-workers, clients and community; creativity in providing service to children and youth; and initiative in striving to make a difference for children and youth.
She may be retiring today, but Bonnie Segers' legacy of work will continue on.