Hope-focused work – a balm in anxious times

Genevieve Alao

I am a home-grown Tyndale alumnus who was served by Tyndale and is now honoured to serve at Tyndale. I cannot think of a better discipleship example. It’s Jesus at His best. Genevieve Alao

With everyone facing heightened levels of anxiety, severe economic stress, socio-political upheaval and racially motivated violence in the context of the pandemic, Genevieve Alao (MDiv 2018) has her hands full.

Fortunately, she has a limitless capacity for empathy, which is serving her well as a clinical counsellor and psychotherapist caring for an anxious community.

“Lack of connection, increased loneliness, fear and uncertainty are at an all-time high,” Genevieve says. “As each day goes by, we realize more and more that things will never be the same again. The mental health fallout is immeasurable.”

Genevieve is deeply grateful to be building on the foundation Tyndale provided.

“I found intellectual minds and compassionate hearts at Tyndale, and I was stretched to expand my understanding of God’s compassion,” she says. “I am a home-grown Tyndale alumnus who was served by Tyndale and is now honoured to serve at Tyndale. I cannot think of a better discipleship example. It’s Jesus at His best.”

Right now, Genevieve’s hope-focused work is mostly done online, helping people who are finding it difficult to manage everyday life and offering free support to frontline workers. She is also working with social justice organizations to address the disproportionate impact of current events on the Black community.

The pandemic, Genevieve says, has changed everything. And although she knows it is impossible to quantify the impact she is having, she is doing everything she can to make a difference.

“From small things, like posting an encouraging note on social media, to building workshops, speaking on panels, and providing a presence as others process their fear and pain, the ripples of those acts resonate far beyond the moment.”