Congratulations to Sabrina Jaspers on her nomination for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award. We are very proud of Sabrina’s work here at Social Work Solutions Canada and feel she is very deserving of this recognition. Sabrina is nominated in the Community Champion category. This award honours a woman who is a visionary trailblazer, a source of strength for her community, and has improved and enriched the lives of others during the pandemic. She is an influential leader through paid work, and/or volunteerism in the private, public, or not-for-profit sector. She may work in the area of public affairs, women’s rights, intercultural relations, social justice, or peace. She has created positive and meaningful social, economic, or political change that will impact people for years to come.
YWCA Hamilton’s Women of Distinction Awards is dedicated to highlighting women and girls in Hamilton and Halton who have made a real impact during the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, they have reimagined their award categories to shine a light on those at the forefront of Covid-19, including frontline workers, innovators, advocates, change-makers, young trailblazers, and everyday heroes who rolled up their sleeves in response to the pandemic. The winners will be announced at an online gala on March 4, 2021.
Sabrina Jaspers has a passion for maternal health. She is a Clinical Social Worker with 14 years of experience in acute care and adult mental health and trauma. Sabrina’s clinical focus is maternal mental health, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression and anxiety, and birth trauma. Sabrina uses a variety of ways to support the women in her community, including counselling, speaking engagements, seminars, and education on social media. Sabrina completed her BSW through McMaster University and has completed her MSW through Dalhousie University (May 2020). Most recently, Sabrina worked collaboratively with a local midwife program to bring interdisciplinary care and mental health support to women experiencing difficulties in the perinatal phase.
Sabrina was humbled by the nomination and thanked all who made it secretly happen on a social media post reproduced here:
Friends, there is a cool thing happening that I want you to know about. Because I roll with some rock solid people I have been nominated in the Community Champion category for the 2021 Women of Distinction awards through the YWCA Hamilton.
Thanks to a crew who facilitated this: consisting of Felicia Van Dyk, Bryce Jaspers, Pastor Bill DeJong of Blessings Christian Church and my Pastor Paul Jessica Vanden Brink of Grace Valley Church, along with awesome boss and colleague Dr. Christina Harrington and coworker and partner in social work crime Lindsay Miedema from Social Work Solutions Canada . Lastly, thank you to Registered Midwife and Owner of Access Midwives, Tamara Youngberg, who I worked with last year to develop the role of social work inside her Midwifery clinic.
They worked without me knowing and wrote letters supporting this nomination for my work and advocacy in maternal mental health in the community (and faith community) and I’m so humbled.
A few days ago I was on a call introducing all the nominees and there was 38 top-notch women, leaders and go-getters in the community, who have “rolled up their sleeves in the middle of the pandemic”. It’s a crazy privilege and I’ll take you along this ride with me, if you’ll allow me.