Meet Alex Zsager: Advocate, Activist, Community Researcher

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Meet Alex Zsager: Advocate, Activist, Community Researcher

Alex Zsager knows firsthand how easy it is to become homeless. Alex had a successful career, working for high profile organizations like the Vancouver Canucks, until he unexpectedly lost his job during an economic downturn, and couldn’t find work. When his savings ran out, Alex lost his apartment. He found a bed at Schoolhouse, one of Dixon Hall’s two shelters.

Being homeless took a toll on Alex, and his mental health suffered. Soon after arriving at Schoolhouse, he found himself dealing with increased depression and anxiety. He struggled with his lack of success in finding work during his first year in the shelter system. Alex decided to try something new, in hopes it would motivate him further. Over the next 4 years, Alex got involved in the community. He started volunteering with the Good Neighbours Club (now Haven Toronto). Eventually, his volunteering led to a job as a personal support worker.



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