Laura McLennan (2005)

Laura MClennanLaura completed her practicum at the Aboriginal Mothers Centre Society. She assisted in the organization of the Indian Homemakers Association archives and in the compilation of a history to honour its important achievements.

How well prepared did you feel entering the project?

Fairly well – the interview projects of the FNSP 320 class helped a lot and my history and background helped a great deal

Three things you learned from/about the organization:

1. How difficult it was to get government funding
2. How easy it is to fall into a hard time in life
3. Grass roots organizations are difficult to run yet are the best for effecting change and identifying needs

What was the highlight of the experience?

Seeing how happy the Mothers Centre was with the final project and getting positive feedback from the many people who read the paper and saw the room being organized.

What surprised you the most?

How friendly everyone was at the Mothers Centre despite many difficult circumstances.

One thing you would do differently next time:

Start writing sooner!

Advice for next year’s students:

Be organized and pace yourself – it’s a lot of work.