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Faculty: Heather Sago

Heather Sago, Coordinator

I want to introduce myself by speaking to the roles I am most passionate about.

I am a partner of over 10 years, a mother of two beautiful boys, a daughter, a sister, caregiver of multiple animals, bilingual (French/English speaking), an athlete, a traveller, advocate for children’s rights, a professor, a clinician and child and youth worker. These are just a few of the hats I wear, intertwined, on a daily basis. I thoroughly enjoy the above roles due to the learning that has come with each. After all, the most important things I know in this world come from the environment around me and those I have had the opportunity to interact most closely with.

I have been fortunate enough to work in this field for 20 years and in various locales in Canada (Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Lethbridge, and Peterborough). Thus, I am able to offer students a national perspective on practice with children, youth, and families. My specialization is in working with and for youth with both child welfare and criminal justice histories. Outside of my work at the college, I continue to do hands on practice in residential justice settings. CYC to me is not just a job but part of who I am. I hope to help you discover where your passions lie and how to integrate this into your personhood.

I have a BA in criminology from the University of Manitoba, a BSW from the University of Calgary, and an MSW (thesis option) with a child and youth care specialization from McGill University. I am a trainer for the DLE (see www.transformaction.com/dle-training.html ) and OTM (see www.transformaction.com/otm-training.html ). I am also a firm believer in continious learning and therefore participate in as many conferences and working groups as possible. I currently sit on the At Risk Youth Justice Committee & Judge’s Roundtable - both in Peterborough, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies Research Evaluation Advisory Committee, the Development & Implementation Committee for the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada, and international working groups.

While I might have lots to share, I also can’t wait to see what you will teach me. Everyone has something to bring to the table and every moment is a teachable one!

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