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Peer-Led Support Group's famous "Glitter Jars"

 

Meet Team PLSG!
 
An inside look at the people behind the Peer-Led Support Group – why
they love the PLSG, how they practice self-care, and why they have coined themselves Team AMP…
 
Amy Burandt, LMSW – Program Manager for Survivor Care
 
Major/Involvement at SAPAC:
I started SAPAC as an MSW intern in August of 2003. I have been at SAPAC in a variety of capacities ever since.
 
Favorite part of the PLSG?
My favorite part of the PLSG is the creativity that the facilitators bring to every session. They are also great about soliciting feedback from participants to integrate into future sessions.
 
Ideal form of self-care?
My favorite forms of self-care vary from week to week. Some of my long-standing go-to's are going to see live music, talking to friends and family, and hanging out with my orange tabby, Salvador.
 
Favorite place around Ann Arbor?
I love just everything about Ann Arbor in the summertime, especially dining outside, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, and German Park.
 
Favorite song on your playlist right now?
Song for Zula by Phosphorescent
 
Words to live by:
The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken. -Longfellow
 
Self-care role model?
My mother. She was a social worker for several decades and is retired now. I get my all my good ideas for leaving work at work from her.
 
If you could be a household appliance/object, what would you be and why?
A toaster. They are useful, warm, and change things for the better.
 
Molly Ann Blakowski – PLSG Co-Facilitator
 
Major/Involvement at SAPAC:
I'm an unconventional student, "gracefully" straddling the line between undergraduate and M.S. candidate, both degrees in geological science.
 
Favorite part of the PLSG?
The amazing folks and the opportunity to spread self-care joy.
 
Ideal form of self-care?
I'm an avid snowshoer and tap dancer. Happy endorphins!
 
Favorite place around Ann Arbor?
Fourth floor C. C. Little. Just kidding. Probably Argo Pond, or ABC (shuffleboard challengers welcome, but be wary!)
 
Favorite song on your playlist right now?
"Someone Else's Muse" by Parenthetical Girls.
 
Words to live by:
"We are fossils in the making." - Wallace Stegner
 
If you could be a household appliance/object, what would you be and why?
I would be a chandelier because I'm beautiful and made out of crystals.
 
Persis Sopariwala – PLSG Co-Facilitator
 
Major/Involvement at SAPAC:
 
I joined the Networking, Publicity, and Activism (NPA) volunteer program within SAPAC in the winter of 2010 and I joined PLSG as a facilitator in the fall of 2012! Outside of the PLSG, I’m an English and Psychology concentrator!
 
Favorite part of the PLSG?
The amazing individuals who come to our group each week! And glitter jars.
 
Ideal form of self-care?
Turning my cell off, turning my iPod on, and taking a brisk stroll through North Campus!
 
Favorite place around Ann Arbor?
The Arb!
 
Favorite song on your playlist right now?
Rockin’ the Suburbs by Ben Folds (After attending his concert this semester, I’m on a Ben Folds high!)
 
Words to live by:
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear” – Mark Twain
 
Self-care role model?
My lovely supervisor/self-care diva, Amy Burandt! Through good and difficult times, Amy has been a rock for the PLSG, and there’s no way we could’ve gotten to this point without her constant support and guidance!
 
If you could be a household appliance/object, what would you be and why?
I’d be a fancy/schmancy massage chair! Because everyone needs to kick back and relax once and a while!
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