Founder Of OOY Workshops - 

Rosalia Alfonso, MClinSc (OT), OT Reg. (Ont.)

Rosalia (Rosie) Alfonso graduated from Ryerson University’s Nursing program in 1997. In 1998, she pursued her Master’s degree in Clinical Science in the area of Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. 

She has worked in the area of mental health for over 15 years and currently works full time as an Occupational Therapist; working with people individually and in a group setting who are living with mental health issues.

Through years of experience in the mental health field, Rosie began recognizing trends with childhood difficulties and adult psychological wounds. She found herself in a place where her clinical experience and skills dovetailed with a passion in her heart; to equip children and pre-teens with foundational truths about who they are and how to cope with the realities of life with the changing world around them.

The desire of my heart

In the years that OOY has grown, the Bible has served as an amazing tool to help work out the details of this vision. Below is the passage of scripture that is the cornerstone of OOY’s foundation: 

The people of Israel were kidnapped and sent into exile. While they were there, God chose the prophet Jeremiah to share with them the message that while they were in unfamiliar territory and although they were scared and uncertain about what their future held they were to still make a life where they were.

They Israelites must have asked questions like:

How do I fit in?

What will they say about me?

Is what I believe is still important?

What if they don’t like me?


God wanted to help them through this hard time. He knew how they felt; that there would be lots of people trying to tell them how to live and what they should do to fit in.

So God gave them this promise:

I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.   - Jeremiah 29.11

Adolescents feel a lot like how the Israelites felt; they were scared, worried, confused, frustrated, etc.  It is my hope that each child who attends an OOY workshop will be able to internalize what she has learned and gain the ability to apply the skills appropriately into her life, for her entire life.