Meet Our COR Family: Alexa Kupchyk

Hi, I’m Alexa! I am a support worker for individuals who experience intellectual disabilities. I have been at COR for about 5 years now and first learned about it through a friend after hearing about how much he enjoyed his work at COR! I am currently a part-time support since I am in school at the moment! I have completed my Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology, and currently in my third year of a bachelor’s in social work! I am very interested in pursuing a Masters in social work with a focus on counseling so I can become a counselor for people with disabilities one day! Another aspect of COR I am a part of is being the creative encourager! I also teach a dance class during the spring and summer! I have been teaching my dance class for a couple of years now and I really enjoy getting to meet and teach different individuals! Often times I end up learning new dance moves from the people who come to the class which is always a blast!

My proudest moment at COR was when I supported an individual during a difficult evening, and just my presence and the relationship I had built with them leading up to that moment allowed the individual to be very vulnerable and honest with me about their feelings. I felt proud that they felt comfortable enough with me to open up, and also that they were able to express how they felt in a healthy way which is something we had been working on for a long time. My relationship with that individual has only continued to grow since then and even though I am no longer on their team, I still see them as much as possible and I consider them a true lifelong friend. My advice for prospective COR candidates is to go in with an open mind and learn as much as you can! COR offers so many incredible training courses that help make us not only better supports, but better people too. I’ve found myself using lots of what I learned in training and through support in my daily life.

Fun facts about me!
-My favourite quote is “failure means you tried”. Trying new things and getting creative is one of my favorite things to do as a support and a creative encourager. Even if things don’t go as planned, I know I tried which is always better than doing nothing. We can always learn from failure, but we can’t learn from doing nothing.
-In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, kickboxing, and spending time with friends and family. I am truly blessed to have so many incredible people in my life and I love being able to spend as much time with them as possible.
-A fun fact about me is that I love adventures and anything that gets my adrenaline pumping! I have been skydiving twice now, and my next big adventure will hopefully be swimming with sharks!