Dharti Patel

Social Worker



"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank.

A Social Woker

My identity as a Social Worker privileges me when I interact with my clients. My education in the field and the placement experience gives me credibility, as well as it helps me build trust in my relationships with the clients. However, I must remain curious to learn about the perspectives of my clients and avoid getting trapped into “I know it all” myth. The client is the best expert of his or her life matters after all!

 

Immigrant Identity

Immigrant Identity (a person of third-world or a colonial country). This piece of art highlights the atrocities done by Colonization and the effects of racism that are still so apparent in the lives of those who have connections to these countries.Being an Immigrant of a country such as Canada undoubtedly showcases the superiority and luxuries that I hold and take for granted. Examples include: being able to achieve post-secondary education, and being able to live a protected and a comfortable life.

A Canadian Citizen

This particular identity will always operate as a privilege for me because it adds credibility to my words and knowledge. With this in mind, I need to be aware that my Canadian status might play a role in oppressing someone who is not a Canadian resident/citizen, or someone who does not want to be recognized as a Canadian due to his or her personal experiences of racism and/or colonialism.

Women of Colour

My experiences as a woman of colour will allow me to empathetically connect with my clients because many of our struggles may be similar. But, I need to be mindful that our contexts and needs might be very distinct and different from each other based on our unique life circumstances.

A Social Worker

My identity as a Social Worker privileges me when I interact with my clients. My education in the field and the placement experience gives me credibility, as well as it helps me build trust in my relationships with the clients. However, I must remain curious to learn about the perspectives of my clients and avoid getting trapped into “I know it all” myth. The client is the best expert of his or her life matters after all!