March 20, 2020 - Fourteen years ago when I built my first home in Welland, Ontario, I was able to house four so-called “unhousable” residents who had fallen through the cracks in the health care system, with critics trying to convince me that what I was doing was not “worth it” and not possible. Since then I have not looked back and have housed hundreds of Ontario’s vulnerable mental health population. Wi
February 18, 2020 - SupportiveLiving.ca is proud to present a six-part blog series: From Corporate to Community – A Tale of Two Realities.
Shama Chaudhry, now Director of Communications for SupportiveLiving.ca, is a published author, international best-seller and has worked in Corporate Canada for most of her career.
This blog series is a reflection of her transformation moving from the corporate space to w
This is Part 1 of a six-part blog series entitled From Corporate to Community - A Tale of Two Realities
It was September 2016. I sat at my cubicle, staring at my computer, the cursor blinking back at me. I woke up that morning, in complete dread of my routine: the commute, a hundred unread emails and looming deadlines.
After fifteen years, my heart wasn’t in it any more. The ambition for climbing the corporate la
While I was at Corporate, every turn I took towards advancement was a trial. When you come from a place where you once loved your job and suddenly you're thrown into a space where everything is in constant flux, the need for stability is paramount.
Although agility was one of my key strengths, there was only so much change I could endure. With being constantly told you can do better, I was up for the challenge, but as I mentio
This was it. I was following two of my passions: writing and giving back to the community.
After going through my own turmoil and having the resources for support and guidance, I knew deep down, I needed to pay it forward.
I began volunteering my time to write for organizations where the premise for their business revolved around the support, guidance and empowerment of their respective communities. I volunteered for o
In my last blog, I talked about how I nervous I was speaking to Barb.
I could hear her voice in the background. “Someone is calling for me?” she asked incredulously.
When she finally picked up the phone, I quickly introduced myself to her. There was so much excitement in her voice that I could feel her energy through the phone. As I asked her questions about her life before coming to SupportiveLiving.ca, he
Barb M at Walnut Manor
Many times I encountered a crossroad in my life. I would take the wrong path because I used my brain instead of relying on my heart or instincts. Perhaps it was derived from childhood beliefs to think more and feel less.
Over-thinking and constant analysis led to paralysis. I went down the path of least resistance for the sake of comfort. Doing what was familiar because
When in the corporate world, I remember visiting our offices downtown and walking around the homeless on my way to our penthouse suite.
In the blazing heat of the summer or the bitter cold winters with temperatures hitting record lows of -25C, I often wondered why they did not stay in shelters. Acquaintances would warn me not to give them money because instead of charity, I would be feeding their drug habits. Or they would try
SupportiveLiving.ca is proud to announce that they are the recipient of a National Enablement Award. Canadian over 50’s Housing Awards bestowed the honour upon SupportiveLiving.ca in a ceremony that took place in Mississauga, Ontario on Dec 10, 2019.
SupportiveLiving.ca's management team from left to right: Shama Chaudhry, (Director of Communications), Cynthia Lamb (Regional Supervisor), Jacqueline Honeysett (Director of
“Everyone in need must have access to high quality, effective and affordable mental health services…too often our mental health problems are left to play themselves out…in the streets, homeless centres and prisons.” David Satcher
The connection between homelessness and mental illness is presented as a complicated, two-way relationship. As a result, in dealing with the problem of homelessness, many cit