Sandra Verissimo is one of the longest tenured SECC staff. She is currently a Case Manager with Community Services, assisting seniors, persons with disabilities, children and families connect with the services that they need.
Q: How long have you worked at SECC?
SV: 18 years.
Q: What do you remember about your first day?
SV: It was New Year’s Day & delivering meals in a snow storm.
Q: Happy Anniversary. Your first day was New Year’s Day? I guess that proves that the need in the community doesn’t go away just because it’s a holiday.
SV: There are clients who do need our services all days.
Q:What is the highlight of your career here at SECC?
SV: Being able to help people and knowing they are being taken care of.
Q:What is your favourite song of all time?
SV: Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey.
Q: I have to know. Why that song?
SV: Never stop believing all things are possible . I also love the tune of the song.
(Dear Reader: Please take a minute to get the chorus out of your head before resuming reading. Difficult, isn’t it?)
Q: Name one thing on your bucket list.
SV: Spending New Year’s Eve in New York – Times Square. I know crazy.
Q:Definitely crazy. What would make you want to do that?
SV: Well for years I’ve always remember when spending New Year’s Eve at home we’d watch the ball drop, always wanted to experience the craziness of being there, live bands, etc. I’m not sure about the wait though.
Q: Who was the one person who had the greatest impact on you and why?
SV: My mother who has inspired me since I was little, I learned a lot from her & still am.
Q: What’s the most memorable lesson she taught you?
SV: To always be honest.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A Secretary.
Q: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
SV: To be fluent in various languages.
Q: Any particular ones?
SV: Spanish & Arabic.
Q: What was the greatest meal you have ever eaten?
SV: Barbecue steak with fresh mashed potatoes & gravy.
Q: You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you going to go?
SV: Somewhere down south- where its warm, there’s a beach, sun & to relax.
Q: If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
SV: I would choose 34 – this is when I had my son.
Community Services run multiple programs for seniors and persons with disabilities including Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Friendly Visitation and Adult Day Program. The SPARK After School Program provides a safe space where children can learn and grow and involve the whole family. To contact Sandra or another Case Manager to learn more about our services, please call 519-326-8629