Jalesa L. Wallace
Hi! My name is Jalesa Wallace and my pronouns are she and her.
I have worked in the mental health field for over 6 years before starting at Rapport Youth and Family Services in 2016. I worked as a Personal Support Worker, supporting both young and older adults on the ASD spectrum. This was such a rewarding experience for me personally and professionally, as it opened my eyes to the beauty and importance of understanding mental health. I have also sat on the access and equity committee with OCASI for two+ years.
My journey at Rapport began as a placement student at ECLYPSE Youth Centre while in my second year of the Social Service Worker program at Sheridan College. I never knew that this path was for me professionally, but from the moment I entered the centre space, I knew this was home. This is where I would make a difference in the lives of those who needed it the most, a goal of mine in which I wanted to achieve for as long as I can remember. I am presently the Manager of Youth Outreach and Engagement Services for all three ECLYPSE Youth Centres in Peel Region. I am also a full time student at the University of Guelph Humber, in which I am in the process of obtaining my degree in Family and Community Social Services.
Here at ECLYPSE I have facilitated our Girl Talk program and supported young women in areas such as self esteem, self worth, healthy relationships and goal setting. This is an area of passion for me, in which I am dedicated to be for young people, who I needed when I was that age. My goal at ECLYPSE has always been to be a light and inspire youth who feel as though they are undeserving of encouragement, love or opportunities. My goal professionally, is to encourage and support successful and healthy family units, whatever version that looks like; through therapy and other counselling opportunities. ECLYPSE has changed my life, so I could assist others in changing theirs.
My name is Tamika Malcolm my pronouns are she/her. I am one of the Program Coordinators at ECLYPSE. I have graduated from Humber College in Business Management and Child and Youth Worker I recently became a John Maxwell Certified Leadership, Coach and Speaker. I have been in this field for 10 years; I have a strong passion for youth and everything leadership. I believe we all hold the solution to a problem in this world and I wake up every day to help our children and youth tap into their greatness and reach their full potential. I currently facilitate the Raise your voice program helping youth to own their voice and confidently expressing it. My dream is to one day open a youth center where youth can express themselves through various art mediums, build their confidence and soar in society.
My name is Chennel Watson(she/her) and I am the Program Coordinator of our Central Brampton location. I am an SSW graduate from Sheridan College, who chose the general stream to broaden my horizons and work with various populations. In the past, I did youth work with the YMCA, working with children and youth between the ages of 3 to 12, which gave me a great deal of experience and prepared me for my role here at ECLYPSE. Now, working with our current age group(12 to 24), I am convinced that this is where I want to be! I have always been very passionate about mental health, even more so about the mental health of our youth, so ECLYPSE is a very fulfilling place for me to work! I hope to continue reaching new milestones for my own professional growth, as well as doing the groundwork to get ECLYPSE’s services in the reach of as many youth as possible.
Hey there! My name is Chelsea Cheree Burnside, my pronouns are she/her. I am a program facilitator here at ECLYPSE youth center. My journey here has just begun as I was recently hired back in May of 2022.
My experience since then has been nothing short of amazing. This position has allowed me the opportunity to learn and grow not only within the child and youth care field but also within my own personal life.
I’ve been awarded the opportunity to facilitate a number of programs, one being Leadership. This has allowed me to share my experience with youth alike, to help encourage them to be the greatest versions of themselves. I aspire to inspire greatness and love within everyone I come into contact with, I am very grateful for this experience and I look forward to what God has planned for me in the years to come