So many parts of me have healed through this program…much more than I have even shared. I don’t know if the people [who] developed this program know what a tremendous impact it has… I don’t know how to put it into words, but the effect will last with me for a long time.
I actually believe that goals that seem too big can be accomplished. As long as you plan and put your mind to it… I’ve come to the realization that it’s actually possible to achieve what I want to do and that feels really good.
I’m doing the IM&M+ program with John Howard Society and it’s been absolutely amazing so far. This group has actually gotten me motivated and definitely ready to get in motion! I’ve been scared of going back to work or school for years because of anxiety issues, but just like I do with class I make a commitment, I have to push through and keep going even if it is out of my comfort zone.
Working towards a community project and completing it will give me the evidence and confidence I need to know that I can achieve things and that I do not need to be held back by my past.
I have nothing but good things to say about IM&M, it really helped me to push myself more and I feel a heck of a lot more confidence in all areas of my life.
My heart has been healed in places I had neglected and will continue to heal… it is a beautiful experience to be heard and acknowledged that what we went through was real. And then the acknowledgement of who we really are. Wow. We are not completely defined by our past but [by] who we really want to be.
Coming into this program I had no idea what I was getting into. I was nervous and unsure whether I wanted to continue or not but I decided to stay, and honestly, it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I can proudly say that this program has uplifted my confidence, taught me skills that I never knew I had and showed me that my voice matters and that is ok to get “NO’s” because if you continue to believe in yourself and stay true to yourself you will reach one step closer to your goals, and thanks to [my facilitator] and her resources I’ve achieved one of them, which is getting a job.
I was in a shadow, and sitting in a puddle of what I thought was the rest of my life, and this group and the people in this group are just opening up my eyes to what I have in myself and other possibilities in life.
I’m getting a plan, it’s like wow… there’s a plan for me. I’ve never done anything like this before.
For me, the IMM+ program was timely, given that I’m a new immigrant to Canada. It was also my first time attending this kind of program in a remote setting, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the overall process and outcome. I cannot express how great the facilitator was. She demonstrated professional and respectful guidance when interacting with participants; built strong, positive relationships with and among the participants and presented a happy, positive attitude generally. The program was equally well-researched, engaging and beneficial as it has empowered me to be a better version of myself. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.