At Fernie Youth Services we have always understood the importance of building supportive relationships with youth. For over 50 years, we have helped nurture hope and self-esteem through honest engagement and mentorship. Our programs and our staff aim to provide guidance as well as the opportunity for young men who have been involved in the justice system. We recently sat down with Nolan Broome, who in his role as Fernie Works Supervisor has had the greatest opportunity to guide and mentor the youth we serve.
How would your friends describe who you are?
I believe my friends would describe me as being very reliable and organized as I tend to be the one that organizes an event or to turn up on time.
What are the three things you’re most passionate about?
I’m passionate about my family, my friends, and building meaningful relationships.
How have those passions affected your growth as a person?
Well, my passion for building and maintaining meaningful relationships has shown me the importance of keeping an open mind while growing up. It has also helped me to realize that you can get a lot accomplished if you don’t care about who gets the credit.
How did you come to join Fernie Youth?
When I first applied here, three years ago I initially thought that I was applying for a volunteer mentorship position.
What is your role here at Fernie?
I’m the Fernie Works Supervisor.
How do the youth value the work that you do?
I think that the Youth here at Fernie value the work I do, by knowing that my influence is important and can create a significant impact in their lives
What three words would you use to describe Fernie’s culture?
Supportive, Collaborative, Rewarding
What are you most proud of as it regards to what Fernie does?
As a Fernie Youth Services employee, I am proud of Fernie’s willingness to help clients reach their full potential and create a positive environment for them to grow into young men.
Why should others choose to support Fernie Youth Services?
Fernie does not settle. Fernie continues to find new innovative ways to synergize and obtain results for their clients, and I think Fernie supporters appreciate Fernie’s desire to make a difference in the lives of their clients.
Is there a moment or memory of working here that stands out for you?
Every time one of our clients accomplish something that they thought was impossible, the staff here at Fernie knew it was inevitable.
What did you study in university?
I studied Criminology and Justice at UOIT
What was your favorite subject in high school?
I really liked Science
What’s your hidden talent?
I like riding motorcycles
What does success mean to you?
Success means being the best I can be with every opportunity that I’m given.
What advice would you give to the teenage version of yourself?
Don’t be in a hurry to grow up.
Where is your happy place?
Well not to sound like a jock, but my happy place is on the ice playing hockey. The sights and the smells that I experience when I’m out there, always bring me back to my childhood. I think my teammates played a big part in that too. We’ve all been playing together for years.
What type of music do you listen to?
I listen to all types of music
Who were some of your favorite artists when you were a teenager?
I was really into Pink Floyd, AC/DC, The Tragically Hip, and The White Stripes
Do you have any favorite sports teams? Do you play any sports?
Favorite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs. I enjoy playing hockey and softball
Do you take part in any activities, clubs or groups?
Well, I coach Skating and Hockey for the City of Toronto. I also enjoy being outdoors, so I like camping, fishing, hiking, and swimming.