“Hallway Worker” or How to Contribute to Students’ Well-being in a Different Way.
Benoit Thibodeau, Spiritual Care and Guidance, And Community Involvement Animator (SCGCIA)
I am a professional spiritual care, guidance, and community involvement animator (SCGCIA). Due to the pandemic, I am unable to organize the usual lunchtime community engagement and committee outings.
However, since the beginning of the school year, one of the basic needs at my high school was surveillance. Quite uneventful, to say the least! Nevertheless, I took the initiative and offered my services to the administration to meet the school’s needs. So here I am, supervising students in the hallways, cafeteria, and other places.
How does one attribute professional meaning to a task, which is at times perceived as unrewarding? Give it a modern twist and change the title! I am now a “hallway worker”.
“Hallway workers help isolated teens—those without friends, and the shy and vulnerable—to integrate into school. They can also provide support to all the students in the school.” These are not my words; that is what Wikipedia says.
The sign on my office door still reads SCGCIA. It is included in my signature and I am still an SCGCIA. This is simply my perception of the task that has changed throughout the pandemic. It remains a way of life and helps me experience this period, which has been demanding for everyone, by making an additional contribution instead of just getting through it.