Melissa Faithful – Mothers to be Mentor

November 15, 2019 in:

After I graduated with my diploma in Correctional Services, I worked in a half way house for over five years. My role required me to work with offenders transitioning out of the federal system. This is where I started to recognize the gaps in the systems that we are required to work with as front-line workers.  After my time there, I felt like I need to expand my knowledge, so I decided to go back to school and completed the social work program. Following my convocation, I applied to work in the inner city at an organization that prides it’s work on harm reduction practices. At first, I had no clue what I was getting myself into, but it’s where I credit the unique front-line skills that I have attained. I was submerged in a life of working along side marginalized populations that were living rough in Edmonton’s vast river valley system. Quickly, I realized my passion for helping those that are disconnected from services and assisting them in building a support network around them.

Less then a year ago I took a big leap to move out of an Urban setting and settle my family closer to where I grew up in Frog Lake. I now reside in Cold Lake with my beautiful family. I recently just returned to work from mat leave and naturally was drawn to the Mother to be Mentorship program. It stands on the premise of work that I fell in love with. I look forward to building community connections in Cold Lake and helping mothers in need.

When I am not exploring the hiking trails in and around Cold Lake you will find me at home with my family. I enjoy attending cultural events and attending round dances with my children. I also really enjoy beading as it allows me to connect with my creative side and has shown to be an ‘escape’ from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.