Some of the best things about PCLA are the little conversations and relationships that are built between our employees and clients. This is true for Judy Morrissey, the Residential Coordinator at EBT. In a recent conversation, she talked about a client who had passed away earlier this year. “She had battled cancer for over 15 years,” said Judy, “and she is one who, every morning, I would knock on her door and just have a 10-minute conversation with and help her through the last few stages of her life.” Stories like these are the heartbeat of PCLA and they drive us to get up every morning and make an impact in our community.
Originally from Calgary, and a University of Saskatchewan graduate, Judy has been working at PCLA since 2002. In 2016, she moved to EBT and has been working as the Residential Coordinator ever since.
Because EBT is designed to provide more independent living, Judy works to facilitate volunteering, budgeting, leisure and social activities for clients. While discussing the importance of PCLA in B.C.’s mental health landscape, Judy said that there is still a lot of stigma around mental health, and that it continues to be misunderstood by the public. She says PCLA is here “to provide clients with a safe space and understanding”.
We asked Judy about the questions and comments she gets from friends and family about her work. She said that people often say that her job must be very stressful, but she doesn’t feel that way. “I feel more grateful to have [my job]. When you help [clients], you see your impact on them and it’s a great feeling”.
We cannot thank employees like Judy enough for the work they do and the amazing impact they have on the lives of our clients and our community. PCLA truly could not be where it is today without the support and hard work of each and every employee, volunteer, donor and partner. So truly, from the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you for all that you do.