Checking in with Mount Royal Alumni: Florence Omara
Your name program and year of graduation
Florence Omara, Social Work, 2001
Describe your career path
Since graduating from Mount Royal, I have earned a BSW and MSW in Social Work from the University of Calgary. In 2005, I got a job with Child and Family Services as a caseworker and I continue to work with them. I’ve also worked with Alberta Health Services as a casual social worker at the Foothills Medical Centre and Peter Lougheed Centre for the past 8 years. I started helping four school in Uganda in 2014, providing them with basic supplies like pencils, t-shirts and soccer balls. Next I’m hoping to buy uniforms for their grade one pupils.
What do you miss most about being a student?
The environment was very pleasant. I miss being a mom to some of the students who had no family to go to. I was an adult student so I found myself playing the mom role. I miss the professors who were there when I needed them. All of them – Arlene, Carolyn and Dr. Armstrong – were passionate.
What was the most important course you took at MRU & why?
How to work in a group (group class). It taught me to be patient with others. Dr. Armstrong taught with passion and explained everything in detail, so I enjoyed the class.
Describe how you have made a difference in your community after graduating from MRU?
I volunteered with the graduation team at Mount Royal, as well as with young offenders. I also worked at the women's shelter for about seven years, and was a board member at the women’s centre for five years.
What is the best piece of advice you received at MRU that helped prepare you for your career?
I was told by Dr. Lloyd Armstrong, my former professor, that when you work with people, you have to start from where they are at. He talked about how empathy is very important when we work with people.
What is your claim to fame?
I am on the President‘s List for getting an A in almost all my classes. My name remains on the wall at MRU.