Mary Jo Leddy, Founder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mary Jo is active in human rights issues and the peace movement. She is a writer, a teacher, and an advocate for many. She is also a recipient of the Order of Canada. Mary Jo has published a number of books, several of which feature or reflect on the work and life of Romero House. She is also renowned for her creative use of leftovers in making delicious meals, and her dedication to our neighbourhood.
Jenn McIntyre, Director
In her role as the Director of Romero House, Jenn is fortunate enough to both be an administrator and community builder—a perk of a live-in position! Hailing from Western Canada, Jenn is a lover of cooking and eating delicious food from all over the world, listening to the CBC and exploring Toronto on her bicycle. She is also a big fan of Romero House dance parties.
Alexandra Jimenez, Administration and Finance Manager
Alexandra has been part of the Romero community since 2002. She has served Romero House for many years in several roles including Bookkeeper, Finance Director, and most recently Administration and Finance Manager. Alexandra is an avid fan of the Blue Jays, and supports the Colombian soccer team. In her spare time, she loves biking and being part of the Romero House community.
Our Current Interns:
The following interns will be living and working at Romero House from September 2016 – July 2017.
Brenna grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and is back in Toronto for a second year as an intern. Brenna studied History of Science and Technology and Social Anthropology at the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University, both in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After leaving the east coast she taught English in an elementary school in northern Germany for a year. Having always had an interest in immigration and refugee related work, Brenna was delighted to learn about Romero House’s internship program. She feels particularly drawn to Romero House because of its focus on community and living together with refugees as neighbours. Brenna is happy to be back in the warm and welcoming community that she was able to call home last year and is excited to begin another year.
Brenna spends her time working on financial donations, education and advocacy programs, fundraising initiatives and working to maintain our buildings, properties and gardens.
Before coming to Romero House last year, Hannah was working on her Master’s in International Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Her research focused primarily on Child Labour in Ghana, which was born from experiences visiting and working in Ghana over the last few years as well as an academic background in Human Rights. Hannah felt pulled to apply to the Internship Program at Romero House as a way to serve refugees in Canada and live in community with others. The work and life at Romero House in her first year was energizing, life-giving, and full of learning. This is what has led her to return for another year as an intern.
Hannah focuses on public education and advocacy, programming for children in detention centres, housing initiatives and community life planning.
Born and raised in Canada, Matthew went to University and worked in Guelph. Before coming to Romero House, he enjoyed opportunities to work for several great organizations, including the YMCA, and also had the chance to try many new things. After his studies, Matthew was looking for a place where he could do some great work and be a part of an excellent community. Romero House seemed like the natural fit and he arrived as an intern in 2015. In his first year, he enjoyed meeting all of the inspiring people who are involved in this community and his year spent learning from others has led him to return for another year as an intern.
Matthew spends his time on housing, coordinating our walk-in program, furniture donations, continuing education, and is working to plan our year-end street party.
Jeff Cheng (email@example.com)
Jeff is one of the new members of the Romero House community joining us in September of 2016. Prior to his arrival, he spent the past years studying at the University of Guelph focusing specifically on economics and international development. After graduating, Jeff’s keen interest in current events and desire to join an organisation pursuing social justice initiatives led him to join the Romero House team. His interests include working and volunteering in emergency management positions as well as finding a way to explore the northern parts of Ontario.
At Romero House, Jeff is responsible for supporting our maintenance manager, is our financial assistant, plans bicycle donations, maintaining our vehicles and working on public education initiatives.
Ellen Fowler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Born and raised in Toronto, Jonathan joins us at Romero House as our 2017 Summer Intern. Entering the final year of his studies at McGill University in Montreal, Jonathan is pursuing a degree in Middle East Studies with a double minor in International Development and Music Composition. In addition to this, Jonathan’s personal research interests include international relations, Canadian immigration policy and social programming directed towards refugee
claimants. Jonathan is looking forward to engaging with the residents at Romero House from all around the world and welcoming them to Canada. Prior to joining us at Romero House, Jonathan spent the past three summers as a tree planter in Northern British Columbia as well as working as an English tutor for Syrian refugees at Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (JIAS) in Toronto. Outside of his work and studies, you can find Jonathan spending his free time listening to music, cooking, reading and scheming up various plans to travel the world.
Jonathan will be responsible for community outreach, summer camp programming, various housing initiatives and organizing the Romero House Scotia Bank Marathon fundraiser.