One job loss in Little Burgundy; a big impact on a community
CTV Montreal: One job loss with a big impact
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2012 2:38PM EDT
One upcoming job loss in Little Burgundy is expected to have a big impact on the community.
Selena Isles is a mediator at BUMP (Burgundy Urban Mediation Project) a non-profit group that helps people in the neighbourhood.
Last month Isles's boss told her that due to budget cuts her job is being eliminated.
"We went in her office and spoke privately and she told me your position's being terminated," said Isles.
Residents like Maylin Wynter, and a teenager named Angie, say Isles is an extraordinarily helpful person.
Wynter, who has six children, said she sought
"I usually go to her if I'm having some problems in the school or I need her to intervene for me," said Wynter. "I was really surprised because I think she was doing a fantastic job."
As a young woman, Angie is concerned that the only female mediator at BUMP is losing her job.
"I feel like there should at least be a woman that works there," said Angie. "It really sucks that you have to talk to a man about your problems. A female can more relate to what you're going through, but a man can't really."
Many other community workers agree Isles's role within BUMP was unique.
"She gets calls for when young females are raped, or if they need to be carried to an abortion clinic. She goes to court with them" said Patricia Paul. "Her role entails so much and it's really a supportive role for teenagers."
Other outreach workers in Little Burgundy say many of Isles's clients are girls with no stability in their lives.
"It's that one person that they can always count on and that's taken away," said Tamara Hart.