There are so many exciting things happening in the expansion of Groundwork to Fall River. With this new location we are excited to welcome a new Community Manager as well; Camille Nichols. Camille currently lives in Fall River with her husband, and is excited to be a part of creating new GW community there, as well as introducing new people to some of her favorite places around the neighborhood. Camille brings with her a wealth of knowledge about film and TV (ask her about what trending Twitter thread she is currently following pertaining to this topic or to give you her opinion on the latest David Lynch project) and death. Yup, death. Read on to find out why. We are so thrilled to have Camille as part of our GW team!
What led you here? Give us a short summary of your journey up to this point.
I did administrative work in the financial sector for over a decade, and decided to go back to school while working full time in 2015. In 2018, I left my job, devoting my time to finishing my undergraduate degree at UMass Dartmouth. I am now working towards my masters degree, and I was looking for part-time work to best utilize my professional skills in a positive and innovative environment. Groundwork allows me to get creative and use my time wisely while interacting with like-minded people.
What are some of the things you’ve learned working in the different environments you have worked in up till this point?
Over the course of my career, curiosity and a genuine interest in others is key to making a positive impact. While I was working as a writing tutor for my classmates at UMass Dartmouth, understanding an individual’s learning style and working to their strengths was the best way to empower learning and growth. This also allowed me to anticipate their educational needs. Similarly, anticipating the needs of clients and colleagues is what administrative work is all about. Knowing if a person prefers coffee or tea, what their travel preferences are, how they like to manage their professional time, and other details can open so many doors to an appreciation for unique identities.
What excites you about working at Groundwork?
Being involved in the opening of the Fall River location is such an amazing opportunity to make an impact in the local community and shape the future of Groundwork.
What inspires you?
Outside my job at Groundwork, I’m deeply invested in the sociology of death and dying, which is my chosen research field in graduate school. I should wear a button that says “Ask Me About Death!” but I don’t think I’d get many takers. In all seriousness, though, I think it’s as critical to study death as it is to study childbirth or aging– how a culture manages death, memorializes their dead, and treats the dying is unique and fascinating to me. So, I encourage a dialogue about death, and its various topics inspire me every day.
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