Sandra Wagner MA, RSW
I am a registered social worker who has worked in the not for profit social service sector since 1996 with a diploma of Social Work from Mount Royal University and a graduate in 2015 with a Masters of Leadership from Royal Roads University. I have often referred to my social work journey as one that is a blend of experience and education. My social work career has allowed me opportunities in Women’s Shelters, Hull Child and Family Services, and for the last 16 years working with and leading programs to support vulnerable children, youth, and families who are facing challenges with attachment, family cohesion and mental health. Much of my career has been integrating and utilizing evidence based models that support the development of early childhood, youth and family wellness and resiliency.
What inspires you?
What inspires me are the people we are in service of each and every day. The resiliency that I have witnessed within the most vulnerable of families is what inspires the work. The dedication, passion, empathy and persistence that staff share within their work excites me for the many opportunities to continue to collaboratively evolve programs.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishments are ones that have direct impact to the individuals who utilize our programs. I feel most proud of the team of people who work collaboratively to grow or sustain agency programs that best meet the needs of the Adoption community. Seeing ideas come to life brings me great joy!
What are your Hobbies or interests?
I am married with two sons aged 12 and 14 who are the loves of my life. My family makes me a better person every day. It is busy times raising two sons in middle school, but love who they are becoming. In our spare time in the winter months you will find me watching their hockey games. In the summer we love to camp and hike. We also have a Border Collie- Blue Heeler mix named Snoopy who fits right into a very busy house! If I can sneak away for a run with Snoopy, we’ll often head to the Bow river which gives me a great deal of peace.
Why should people come to Adoption by Choice?
People should come to Adoption By Choice because of the inclusive philosophy of safety, sensitivity and respect which are threaded throughout each program. Adoption By Choice ensures that each unique need for each unique family is supported by staff who have a wealth of experience to support this significant milestone. Each unique situation is valued throughout the entire process while at the same time providing evidence based clinical skill and knowledge through training and practice.
Why you chose to work for ABC?
I chose to work for ABC because of the rich history and unique opportunities’ to continue to support the evolution of programs and services in this field.