Finding Balance in a Wired World


Our children learn how to use cell phones, video games, iPads, Kindles and other technological devices by watching us, their parents, so it’s up to us to model healthy habits, find balance with activity and technology and ultimately avoid being so absorbed in our devices that we miss our kids’ bids for attention.

We’ve all seen that mom texting, taking selfies and snapchatting at the playground while her three year old is calling out to her “mom, mom, mom look” we’ve also maybe been that parent. We upload a photo on Instagram or Facebook of our kids at the park- in real time, answer texts, answer emails and check our “likes”. The thing is, our kids notice, they’re watching us, watching our phones.


3 Things You Can Do to Change that, Starting Today.


Be a role model. Set an example by using tech the way that you want them to use it. Many parents feel they need to be accessible to their jobs. But that’s not realistic, set boundaries for work and family time, keep cell phones away from the dinner table, be fully present with your kids while you’re at the park and turn the TV off when it’s not being watched.


Set limits. Establish technology time limits offers a quick easy way to create a personalized family media plan and offers a recommended “media time calculator” based on your children’s ages.


Use tech together. Watch, play, and listen with your kids. Sharing your thoughts, opinions and values regarding the content can be great teaching moments.


Remember, our children should never feel as though they have to compete with devices for our attention.

Careers for social good: Finding real career fulfillment


“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi.

A career at a not-for-profit human services agency is a great way to dedicate yourself to serving others, it provides you with an opportunity to get more involved with your community and make a direct and positive impact in the lives of those with who we share it with.


Why Work at a Not-for-Profit Human Services Agency?


Because you actually want to get up and come to work

Unlike a job in the corporate world, human service not-for-profit agencies offer work that enables you to utilize your education and professional skills but also delivers soul-feeding, meaningful outcomes. Encouraging you to strive to make a difference, and guaranteeing you’ll feel good about the work that you do.

The office culture is WAY better

Employees of human services agencies collaborate easily, you are all working for an organization because you believe you are making a difference in the world, you all believe in the mission and direction of the organization and you have a shared passion for the work that the group does. Not-for-profit agencies also offer more flexible working conditions, such as flexible scheduling, contract work, job sharing, leaves of absence, and health benefits.

There’s always an opportunity to advance or change careers

Working for a non-profit human service agency often means that you wear many hats. At one point or another, you’ll job share. Whether it’s helping a colleague with their workload or volunteering for one of the organizations events, it all leads to diverse experience within the agency and opens doors to advance into another role.

You literally change lives and see it first-hand

All not-for-profit human services professions are important in promoting social good and helping people in need. The goal of most human service organizations, including Family Service Regina is to strengthen individuals, families and communities through responsive leadership and innovative programs. Leading to a safe, inclusive and vibrant community in which all people are resilient, confident and filled with hope. How lucky are we? We get to witness the positive impact we make, just by coming to work every day.

If you’d like to spend your days feeling good, helping people, working for a cause or otherwise doing something extraordinary to improve your community, working at a not-for-profit human service agency is definitely for you.

Staff Spotlight: Colleen Barss, Counsellor

Colleen is passionate about investing in others and developing relationships that dig deeper than just the surface level. Her passion for people was discovered while working as a hairdresser and learning about her clients. Colleen set out on a journey to find a career that would utilize her skills and qualities while providing a service to others and decided to pursue social work- obtaining her Masters and a full-time position with Family Service Regina in 2004.

“I did my practicum under Ray at FSR when I received my bachelors in social work in 1995, I was hired to coordinate workshops in 1996 and held that position until I returned to the U of R for my Masters in 2001.” said Colleen.

When she’s not striving to make clients feel comfortable, you can find Colleen singing in choirs, gardening and spending quality time with her with her husband, children and grandchildren. Learn more Colleen in our Staff Spotlight:


  1. What personal style or experience, do you uniquely bring to counselling?

Well, I have three years of experience and training in Somatic Experiencing. Somatic Experiencing is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. The SE approach enables individuals to LEAN IN and release traumatic shock, which is key to transforming anything from PTSD to the wounds of emotional and early developmental trauma.


  1. What do you have to know to be a good counsellor?

Probably that you need to be interested and adaptable, you have to figure out what the individual needs and do it their way. It’s also important to have your own eclectic style and commit to life-long learning.


  1. What are three words that describe you?

I’d say I’m patient, flexible and interested in learning.


  1. What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Honesty and integrity are the most important qualities to me.


  1. What is your favorite food in the whole world?

Salad! I love salad, salads are interesting, you can have cranberries and pecans on one, or egg and chicken in another, it’s weird, but I love salad.