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What is Social Work? 

A social worker supports individuals in accessing and coordinating services that they may find difficult to navigate on their own. Social Workers assist individuals in communicating their needs, empowering individuals by providing them with tools to advocate more effectively and exploring strategies to deal with life challenges.

The Centre’s social worker has mapped out information about various services provided by organizations throughout Nova Scotia. If the Pinwheel Wellness Centre does not offer a service that can support an individual, the Centre’s social worker and/or student(s) will endeavor to give the individual information on a program or service that can; this process is called service navigation. 

For more information, please contact us at pinwheel@autismns.ca or (782) 321-8811


Meet our Social Work Team: 


Katelyn Junus, LMSW, SWC, CAS
Intake Coordinator | Registered Social Worker | Registered LifeWorks ASIST Trainer | Pinwheel Wellness Centre Supervisor
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Katelyn has 10+ years of experience working in both private and not-for-profit sectors with Autistic individuals/individuals on the autism spectrum ages 16 to 70. 

A Halifax native, Katelyn graduated with her Master of Social Work (Clinical/Medical stream) at New York University (NYU ’18) where she completed two practicums at YAI: The National Institute for Adults with Disabilities Network; one with the Department of Clinical & Family Services and the second with Premier Healthcare’s Centre for Specialty Therapy. Post-graduation, Katelyn completed additional training with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and has received designation as a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS).

Katelyn has worked at two clinics since 2018 in the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx, where she gained experience providing mental health and wellness support to various populations as a healthcare social worker. Through her education and experience, she has developed a passion for anti-oppressive practices and works from a strength-based, person-centered approach.

​At the Pinwheel Wellness Centre, Katelyn oversees the day-to-day operations and is the first point of contact for services. She provides intake coordination, field instruction, training, and brief therapy interventions to promote self-management of emotional well-being with the aim of improving one’s overall quality of life.


​Meet our Social Work Interns:
 

Samantha Koladich
Master of Social Work Student
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Sammy Koladich is a social work student currently completing her MSW degree at Dalhousie University. Sammy worked as a support worker for children with diverse needs at camp since the age of 14, and then went on to run the program. After completing a degree in psychology, Sammy became an Instructor/Behaviour Therapist, primarily working with children on the autism spectrum. Sammy is a certified Yoga Teacher, and before the pandemic, she created a yoga program for children with disabilities in Toronto. Yoga is a very important part of her life as a physical, mental, and spiritual practice, and as a way of being. She also enjoys hiking, camping, and being in nature. She is very passionate about social justice issues, particularly relating to disability, mental health, and LGBTQ+ issues.


Alanna Hutchinson
Bachelor of Social Work Student
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Alanna Hutchinson is a social work student currently completing her BSW degree at University of Manitoba (distance program). Working as a residential counsellor in a small options home setting, Alanna provides person-centered support for various populations. Assisting individuals in leading independent and fulfilling lifestyles has been exceptionally rewarding. Alanna also has further experience in retail management and supervision, which has encouraged her to flourish in areas such as leadership and detail orientation. Alanna’s interests include exercising, listening to podcasts, spending quality time with friends and family as well as caring for her collection of house plants.