Creative Options Regina has over 220 employees, all with different stories. This blog series will highlight some of the amazing people that work at COR and what fuels their passion and purpose.
This is Julian Seilman. Julian is a Home Support Worker and has been at COR for three and a half years. This is his why!
What brought you to COR?
In 2017, I started my application process to apply for a position at Creative Options Regina as it was recommended to me by a professor of mine. At first, I was a little hesitant to apply because I did not feel confident in the skills I had. After a coffee conversation with my professor, I was convinced to apply. I heard COR’s presentations in a few of my classes with Michael and Jim and I loved the philosophy of the organization, supporting people in a culture of gentleness, rather than using physical management. At COR, people are treated like people, they’re not defined by their disability and it was clear that everyone at COR was one big family!
Why do you stay?
I believe the work we do at COR makes a difference in the lives of those we support. It’s neat to see how much progress and personal growth the people I support and support with, have accomplished over the years.
What’s the best thing about your job?
When you leave your support time you feel a sense of reward, you know you are making people happy and allowing them to create healthy lifestyle choices on their own. I like making people happy and when I see the people around me smiling and laughing, it makes me happy and it’s such an awesome feeling!
What’s been the most impactful or meaningful experience you’ve had?
When I first started to support at COR, the team I started with had other new supports starting at the same time as I did. The new supports and I created games with one of the guys we supported. The games we created impacted the life of this individual that it made his mother cry tears of joy during a visit to the mall. In the past, the individual would be steps ahead of his mother ignoring her, but this time during their visit, he talked with his mother and stayed by her side. It was such a meaningful experience and I will remember it for the rest of my life.
What do you wish others knew about supporting at COR?
COR is not your typical job; the relationships you make become long-lasting friendships and everyone becomes like family. The activities they plan at COR are fun for all with arts, crafts, music, sports and BBQs. These activities bring everyone together! Also, the culture of gentleness grows on you and anyone who becomes a part of COR will grow as a person carrying these amazing experiences with them throughout their entire life.