In early December 2020, we caught up with former Booth UC Board of Trustee member Greg Reid (BSW/06), to chat about his work as Interim Chief Operations Officer at The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), particularly during the pandemic.
His professional journey has been an interesting one, one that started at Booth UC. “I came to Booth UC for the first time in 1990 and did my first practicum at St. Boniface Hospital.” says Greg, noting that his practicum advisor Debra Kostyk and Professor Emeritus Bonnie Bryant were instrumental in helping him develop solid clinical skills. In fact, to this day, they all keep in touch on a regular basis, supporting each other in their various roles within the community.
In 2006, Greg returned to Booth UC to complete his Bachelor of Social Work degree. He was quick to credit his solid clinical skills from his time at Booth UC. “The Social Work program is stellar”, Greg notes. With this upgrade from a BA to a BSW, Greg gained the foundation to go on and serve in various leadership roles in Manitoba in the fields of mental health, homecare, palliative care and now, addictions.
“It is a real privilege to step in to provide operational leadership at AFM. The team here is tremendous and passionate” Greg notes. AFM provides evidence based, client centred addictions services to Manitobans at no charge. The organization has been deemed an essential service during COVID-19 and they continue to provide services, with minor adjustments for client and employee safety. In an increasingly long and stressful pandemic climate, the challenge is great.
It is always meaningful to see Education for a Better World in action. In Greg’s case, helping those who are vulnerable is an ongoing passion and we are all blessed by the many he has helped and the personal worlds he has impacted.
More information on AFM’s programs and services can be found at https://afm.mb.ca/