I am a social worker who works with children and youth struggling with various mental health and behavioural issues. Recently, the agency I work for decided to “go green.” In order to help support this initiative I researched the possibility of vermicomposting. That is when I found Cathy. In speaking with Cathy I became enthusiastic regarding Red Wigglers and passionate about implementing this idea into my workplace.
Together Cathy and I developed a plan to bring Red Wigglers to my agency and introduce this topic to the youth. I must say I was nervous about how well it would go over, worms can be disgusting you know! To my amazement the youth were fascinated by Cathy and her presentation. She was able to excite the students and staff about her Red Wigglers! What was particularly amazing to me was how she was able to keep their attention. Picture this…a room full of 30 teenagers who have significant behavioural difficulties, all watching, listening and engaging with Cathy. They listened, participated and asked questions for an hour and a half. It was incredible!
Thanks to Cathy, we now have 4 vermicomposters at our agency and they are thriving! Both youth and adults are responsible for caring for the worms and they love it! I was so impressed at Cathy’s ability to engage these youth while stressing to them the importance of being environmentally responsible. Her presentation was both informative and interesting.
Thank you Cathy!
Kristin Eidse, MSW, RSW
Intake Social Worker
Children's Mental Health Access Centre