Faces of ILNS

Get to know the #FacesOfILNS - each Friday we will highlight a consumer, staff member, or board member so you can get to know more about ILNS.

Welcome this week’s #FeatureFriday Dawson Keoughan. Dawson began working with ILNS in July 2022 and is now a Team Lead at one of our small options homes. Meet Dawson: 

Q: What does your role entail?

A: As a Team Lead, I work closely with a wonderful supervisor who has guided me into becoming a leader. I help with the paperwork and tasks around the house, make sure the clients are set up to succeed, and make sure things run smoothly. I also support other staff who might need guidance within the house.

Q: What are a few things everyone should know about you?

A: I was born in Cape Breton and I moved to Halifax four years ago. Ever since I was little I always knew I wanted to work in a job that would help people and make a difference in their life.  After attending school to be a child and youth care practitioner I was presented with an opportunity to work with ILNS, and I fell in love with this opportunity and haven't looked back. If I'm not working, you can find me hanging with family and friends or spending time at the gym.

Q: What’s one piece of advice you want to share with our audience?

A: One thing I’ve learned working in this environment is that you are always learning and will be faced with difficult challenges but if you make sure you’re surrounded by the right people you will succeed. 

Q: What’s one future goal you have for yourself?

A: A future goal I have for myself is to continue to grow in my role and potentially taking on a bigger responsibilities within ILNS. 

Q: What do you enjoy the most about working for ILNS?

A: What I enjoy the most is the people I'm surrounded by and getting to make a difference in the clients' lives that I work with. Everyone has their own strengths, but when we all work together, as a team we are bringing the best possible life to the clients we support.

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