CSCL is excited to share that one of our Outreach Team members, Angela Vermeer, (pictured left with Outreach participant, Shelby) has won the BC Community Social Services Awards of Excellence’s Rising Star Award! This award was created to recognize the important work being done in the community social services sector. Many worthy nominations are received, showcasing outstanding work done by extraordinary individuals but her accomplishments stood above the rest and impressed both their member shortlisting committee and external judging panel. When Angela began her practicum at CSCL, while completing the Community Support Worker program, her intention was to work with children. Soon after she arrived, though, she realized her passion was in Outreach. As a single parent who experienced poverty and homelessness, Angela connected with and became a strong advocate for those who were in similar situations. She shows unwavering dedication to those she supports, often adjusting her own schedule and coming in on days off to ensure their needs are met. She has gone into homeless camps, shelters, and other locations to help vulnerable individuals in need of a listening ear and non-judgmental support. Perhaps Angela’s greatest strength is her passion for supporting women with disabilities who are new parents. Angela actively works with new or expectant mothers to acquire the skills to parent safely and effectively. She is knowledgeable about infant development and has been involved with developing a parenting program specifically for mothers with developmental disabilities. In her four years at CSCL, Angela has cemented her position as a much-loved colleague who co-workers regularly turn to for advice and direction.