My name is Colin Jamieson. I am 27 years old and I was born and raised in Pointe-Claire. I am currently in the final year of obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Concordia University. This program has provided me the opportunity to learn, create, and implement recreation programs as part of a client’s rehabilitation plan. I am excited to finish and to start creating programs for those that seek recreation to be implemented in their everyday activities. My primary line of work is a lifeguard at the Pointe-Claire aquatic centre. This is where I first experienced working with individuals with disabilities through both the adapted gym & swim and aqua percept programs. I immediately fell in love working with the participants and gained a passion for helping others in need. Because of this passion, I applied for a job at WIAIH (West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicap). I animate a group for young adults with both intellectual and developmental disabilities where I organize weekly activities within the community for the group to participate in. For example, we go bowling, mini-putting, to the cinema to watch a movie, and out for dinner at a restaurant. These activities provide the participants an opportunity to engage in the activity, socialize with their friends, and practice social skills necessary for learning. This is an amazing group to work with and they always manage to put a smile on everyone’s faces. Finally, I volunteer as a Special Olympics swimming coach. My role is to design and structure swimming practices for athletes preparing for competitions while also creating a safe and fun atmosphere.
I grew up attending LBPSB schools and, although things may have changed since I graduated High School, I have first-hand knowledge of how the system and classroom functions. I believe this experience attending Lester B. Pearson schools, combined with my experience working with individuals with special needs as well as my educational background, will make me a valuable asset to this taskforce.