Editorial | May 31st, 2016
Fabio Romeo, Peer Coordinator, Assertive Community Treatment, Vancouver Community
Won: The Unsung Hero, Award of Merit
The best part of working with the ACT Team is that everyday is different. Everyday provides me with the opportunity to obtain new knowledge and gain new skills. However, one thing which remains consistent from day to day is being able to work with and alongside an amazing team and clients. A great work day for me is being able to observe progress in the clients we serve and having the privilege of seeing them making strides towards their goals.
What does “People First” mean to you?
To me, “People First” exceeds the traditional definition. It means to provide unconditional positive regard and being able to continuously demonstrate a client centered approach to the population we serve. Establishing new relationships with community services and utilizing current ones in the core goal of providing the best possible service to our clients. People First is lending a helping hand when and where needed to both my team, community, and clients.
What did it feel like being nominated, and then winning, in your category?
When I first heard I was nominated for such an award I was shocked and overwhelmed with positive emotions. After much anticipation and finding out I had won the award in the category of unsung hero I was astonished. This is truly a humbling experience for me. I would like to thank the ACT Team and Vancouver Coastal Health for providing me with this amazing opportunity. This is a memory that I will cherish for a lifetime.
What his nominator said:
“Fabio is a genuinely trauma-informed practitioner, and he applies this approach to the people served on ACT as well as to his coworkers, which fosters trust, collaboration and respect among his colleagues and clients. Fabio builds bridges between services and clincians, and he speaks the language of strengths at all times. He is a role model to staff and clients alike, and is part of building a healthy, respectful workplace.”