Joe Tonneau is a program facilitator at Green Hill. We sat down with him to learn more about his background and his experience working in our field.
Could we get some brief biographical info from you? Hometown, previous experience, education, etc.?
My hometown is Niskayuna, NY where I graduated from high school. I have an associate degree from Wake Tech and I’m currently applying to transfer to State or UNC. I used to work as a camp counselor in high school, and it is my second favorite job to being a program facilitator. My favorite part of high school was a short French exchange my junior year.
What is one thing your hometown could be known for, and why?
The original creator of AirBnb graduated from my high school. This is just an example that shows the luck I had to attend Niskayuna public schools. The high school regularly sends students to Ivy League universities and other prestigious schools each year. They truly prepare students to be successful in the world.
What made you want to work in this field?
Being an alumni and deciding to stay in Raleigh for school, it only made sense for me to join the Green Hill community once again as a team member. I believe that Green Hill changed my life and I want to help to facilitate similar change in the lives of new residents.
What do you believe makes GHR stand out in its field, and why?
I think Green Hilltruly vouches for clients and has their best interests at heart. The program could look vastly different for two residents sharing a room, with each resident getting an individualized program that is suited to their individual needs.
What does your ideal day look like?
My ideal day off starts off with some good coffee. Later I might head to the gym or go for a hike depending on my geographical location. After this, I’d be happy reading a good book before getting dinner and seeing a movie with some buddies.
Can you name one role model you have, and why that person has had such an impact?
My Dad is one of my favorite role models. He has a kind and generous heart, and has always been a great Dad and doctor. Although he always hated running into his older patients at the grocery store, I realized how important he was to those he treated when I would see them approach him with a smile and open arms. He motivates me to make a similar difference in the lives of those I come into contact with.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? How has that advice affected your day-to-day?
“Would you date yourself”? Not only can this be applied to dating, but to how I go about treating others in my day-to-day relationships with people.
What is your favorite GHR memory?
As a resident, I had a blast going on a white water rafting trip. It was a ton of fun and I think everyone really connected over that weekend.
What’s one message you wish our clients would always take with them?
It’s scary to completely change your values, beliefs, and lifestyle. Sometimes it seems like the fun will die with recovery. Personally I believe that although recovery is challenging and there are countless hurdles you’ll face in a sober life, they can’t compare to those of addiction. With time you’ll find enjoyment and peace, and it will have been well worth the patience.
Favorite Movie: Schindler’s List
Favorite Food(s): Popeyes Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Steak and Potatoes
Hobbies: Hiking, Skiing, Gaming
Favorite sports team: Belgium National Football Team
Pets: Archie the mini-labradoodle
Favorite Book(s): First on the Rope
Favorite Album: “Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino
Favorite Podcasts: YMH – Tom Segura
Dream Vacation: Skiing and hiking in the Swiss Alps
What you wanted to be as a kid: An Astronaut!