As much as the Ambassadors’ have exciting projects, it is also one that is filled with many challenges. In this interview, we speak with Doris, who has been a very integral part of an initiative called CHAT PIER (psst: we have talked about that here: link). Even though there were many setbacks during the piloting of PIER, the Editor is amazed at how she manages to handle the situation and make necessary changes. Read on below for her experience as a CHAT Ambassador 😊
L-R: Doris and Nisa at an event early last year!
Hello! Introduce yourself.
Hey, I’m Doris. In a handwritten note, my primary school teacher once quoted: “Tell me and I forget, show me and I understand, involve me and I remember.” Little did she know how well that would describe my life thus far (:
How did you hear about CHAT Ambassadors, and what are your motivations for applying?
I entered CHAT during a period of self-doubt and setback. I had taken a two-year hiatus off volunteering as I had begun to doubt the true value of the projects I had undertaken thus far. The ad-hoc nature of these events made me wonder if my fellow volunteers were gaining more than the beneficiaries, and if we were disrupting their lives under a presumption that we were “providing help”. Till today, I find myself unable to commit to such ad-hoc volunteering events anymore.
CHAT presented itself as an opportunity for long-term commitment to instilling change, and I wanted to give myself a second chance.
How has your experience with Ambassadors been so far?
It has been empowering and fulfilling. I’ve always thought that the CHAT Staff believe in me way more than I believe in myself, and that has prompted them to open up opportunities for me to discover new possibilities in myself. My fellow CHAT Ambassadors are also amazingly passionate, cause-driven and fun to be with! I haven’t had the opportunity to do that in a while, but I love hearing their opinions about issues that are close to their hearts. The spark in their eyes and the frustration in their voice all hint at the beautiful fire that’s burning in their hearts. I’ve been privileged to be able to meet these wonderful individuals, and to work alongside them.
From our past interview, I believe that one of your projects has gone to fruition. How has that been and what are your takeaways from it?
Yes! I’m glad to share that we’ve had 8 sessions of CHAT Partners In Experience and Recovery (PIER) thus far. There have been ups and downs, but I’d say that we’ve been very quick on our feet to make the necessary changes, in order to better suit the needs of our participants. The PIER Facilitators are also amazing – they bring so much to the table, and are reshaping everyone’s expectations of a peer-led support group!
Describe the experience and/or the people you’ve worked with in Ambassadors in one word.
Anything you’d like to say to future Ambassadors (especially the new ones who just joined us)?
I can’t wait to see what you guys have up your sleeves! 😀 The road to rolling out your initiatives may be bumpy but I’m certain the CHAT Ambassadors (as a community) would ride out the journey with you together.