On this week’s Employee Spotlight, where we feature the staff here and what they do, we have Shane Beharry, our Manager of Community Resource Connections.
Name: Shane Beharry
Job Title: Manager, Community Resource Connections
What do you do at The Storefront?
My role at The Storefront is to ensure that the Community Resource Connections (CRC) team is equipped to serve the community by connecting residents to the information, resources, and opportunities that they are looking for. Another important aspect of my role is to maintain relationships with our service hub partners to ensure that they have the support they need in order to better serve the residents that they meet and work with. I am also always looking to build further connections and relationships with others which may in turn spark collaboration.
Favourite quote or motto you like?
My favourite quote is “we are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.” I first heard it in the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie and later found out that the quote originated from a poem written by an English poet. What the quote means to me is that you can believe in yourself and know that you have the potential to do great things in the world.
How did you come to work at The Storefront?//What did you do prior to working at The Storefront? (education, jobs)
Prior to working at The Storefront, I completed the Community and Justice Services program at Centennial College and volunteered at a youth probation office in Scarborough. My experience working with youth led me to apply to The Storefront for the position of Youth Resource Specialist. The day of my interview was actually an interesting experience. On the day of the interview, I decided not to go because the person who called me for the interview said that it would be a group screening with thirty other people and only one person would be hired for the position. I saw no point in going as I had just graduated and was new to the field. But half an hour before the interview, a thought came to my mind, and it was to just “go”. So, I got dressed in my semi-formal clothes and I was at the bus stop thinking that I’d be late for the interview. Then, I saw my friend who I haven’t seen in almost a year, who offered to give me a ride to The Storefront for my interview. I would say that is a fairly interesting story considering that I am approaching my 11th year at The Storefront.
What does it mean to you to be part of a Community Backbone organization?
To be part of a Community Backbone organization to me means building relationships with individuals, organizations and groups and to facilitate those relationships for the greater good and for the needs and the hidden assets of the community.
My favourite childhood movie is Charlotte’s Web.
My favourite teenage movie is Butterfly Effect.
My favourite movie in adulthood is Collateral Beauty.
What do you enjoy most about working at The Storefront?
The Storefront staff culture, the values and the leadership have really been an honour to be a part of these past 10 years. I really appreciate the enthusiasm and passion that The Storefront staff have for working in and for the community.
Do you have a favourite food?
My all-time favourite food is pizza, it’s the ultimate customization food! One day, you can feel like having this type of topping, with that type of crust and that type of cheese, and the next day you can order or make the exact opposite! 🙂
What is a project that you are working on at The Storefront?
I am currently working with my colleagues to finalize an employment model within The Storefront. This new employment model will help ensure that residents looking for employment are supported on their entire journey, from them first having an interest in job seeking to after they have found employment.
Apart from your work at The Storefront, what are some hobbies you have outside of the office?
I have taken up reading, especially on the art & science of marketing and consumer psychology. I am interested in learning why people are motivated to do what they do and why they purchase certain things.
If someone were looking to join the team at The Storefront, or looking for work in a role similar to yours or in the nonprofit sector in general, what advice would you have for them?
The advice I have for them is to really understand their reason for ‘why’ they want to work in the social sector or the non-profit field. Once they have their purpose and their why, work on the necessary skills needed to be successful in the social sector/non-profit field. Two non-negotiables I think would be striving to be empathic and understanding that every individual is unique with their own set of experiences, skill-sets and journeys.
Where would you like to travel to/why?
In the future, I’d like to travel to Portugal and India. I have ancestral roots in both countries and I would like to learn more about their way of life and the culture there.
What is on your wish list for the next five years?
I would like to find my place and voice in the world as some type of entrepreneur and influencer. I want to be able to help people find what moves them and inspire them to pursue their dreams and goals to live out their calling.