Literary Heart: Julie Hall
Julie Hall of Orangeville self-published her first book at 16.
Described as, “An exceptional young woman who understands and displays true compassion and respect towards others” by the Humber College staff members who nominated her, 20-year-old Julie Hall has already made significant personal and professional contributions to her community through the arts and social work.
In 2014, the then 16-year-old Orangeville native wrote, edited and self-published her first novel, Keep Quiet. “My connection to writing began at a young age with the purchase of a five-cent typewriter from a garage sale. I tried to write creative stories throughout my childhood, and then once high school came around I became quite serious about my writing,” she says. “Writing has always been a creative outlet and a self-care regimen for me.”
A graduate of the Erin District High School French immersion program, Julie went on to Humber College for her social service worker diploma, and received a Board of Governors Award, which acknowledges significant contributions to the recipient’s future profession. She was given the award for her innovative work during her placement at Headwaters Heath Care Centre where she received exceptional feedback for the programs she developed while supporting her patients. “Community service means everything to me. I enjoy helping people, and I am very fortunate I get to work with like-minded individuals in the healthcare field on a daily basis,” she says. “I hope to make a difference by providing support to individuals in their time of need, which can look different in every person I work with.”