My name is Delaney and I’m a facilitator for the Inclusion Services here at the Y. During the Y’s physical closure, I have been making virtual art lesson videos, which you may have seen on Instagram, Facebook or on the Y’s web site.
I was born and raised in Hinesburg, Vermont and moved to Montreal just over four years ago to study psychology at Concordia. While moving from a small town to a big city was certainly a transition, I’ve grown to love how artsy the city is, and am happy to call it my home. I have recently finished up my undergraduate degree and am currently taking a gap year before starting my Master’s. I’m excited to dedicate this time to giving back to the community that has welcomed me with open arms, and so quickly made me feel at home.
Art has always been a hobby of mine, so much so that I was once enrolled in an art education program back in Vermont! Throughout my various jobs in Montreal and Vermont, I’ve loved creating art lessons and getting my students excited about the arts. Working with kids has also been a passion since I was a kid. In addition to being a student, I’ve worked as a substitute teacher, a para educator, a camp counselor, a mentor, a mental health worker, and more. After I finish my Master’s, I hope to continue working with kids as a mental health therapist or social worker.
I’ve been working with the Inclusion Services since early 2019, and am so excited to be combining my love of art with my passion for teaching and community building. As an anglophone, I struggled to find work in my field for my first few years in Montreal, and was ecstatic to stumble upon my job at the Y. Over the past year and a half, I’ve loved becoming a part of such a strong community, and have learned so much from the people I’ve met along the way!
Learn more about Delaney’s art projects and YAFE programming here.