When I first started volunteering at the Door is Open, my regular Wednesday mornings quickly became something I looked forward to. The community that was created in the art room was strong and flavoured with everyone’s unique styles. Something I particularly enjoyed was when I would bring in a project for that day – the results from the ladies were always different, unexpected, and often inspiring. This was from having a place where everyone was welcome to sit in a safe space and create at their own pace. The value the women put on community was shown in the respect and love they had for the shared arts space. Working at the DIO is something I think back to fondly, as it was the foundation to my future in social service work, and what I learned from working with the women there will stay with me throughout my career. 

Categories: Reflections