Portrait of Jennifer Hermer

Jennifer Hermer

Developmental Services/ Independent Facilitation/ Dementia and Alzheimer’s/ Older adults

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”
– Margaret Wheatley

About Me

It has been my passion to support people to have choice and control in their lives for over 20 years. I believe helping people discover what is important to and for them opens doors for good support and creating meaningful lives.

What others like and admire about me

  • I am funny
  • I am open, passionate and empathetic
  • I am thoughtful and observant
  • I am eager to learn
  • I am creative and adaptive
  • I am willing to try new ideas

Whats important to me

  • Family and Home – to create a home for my family that is a soft place to land. My Mom’s Alzheimer’s also changes how I value family and influences how important it is to me to maintain family connections. I take this perspective into my work recognizing the importance of supporting families in my person-centred practice.
  • Meaningful work – I am driven by connecting with people and celebrating their success. I have worked in several distinct roles supporting people including education, front-line, and leadership. I am happiest using my skills to connect people and support them to work towards their goals.
  • Quiet time – I have good sense of myself and know that I need downtime to recharge. I work hard to understand different points of view and to understand the big picture which can be exhausting! It is not something I would change but knowing to create space for quiet is important.
  • Morning Coffee – Steve and I enjoy coffee every morning, it is the time of day when we dream, chat, and feel optimistic about the day ahead. I also just need a good cup of coffee to start the day!

How best to support me

  • Time to think- I like to have time to process information when possible and I also enjoy feedback. This could be a minute to thinking about it or a few days. Feedback helps me understand your experience as well as what is working and not working.
  • Be authentic – if you do not know or cannot do something I am fine with that. It helps me know what is expected and keeps me on track with the task. I am happy to adjust with you.
  • Remind me to move! Exercise and movement have a positive impact on my mood and ability to problem solve! I enjoy being outside or my spin bike! A gentle reminder or suggestion that it is time to take a walk or break support this part of my own self-care.