This year Romero House has welcomed six interns. Together with Mary Jo, Jenn, Tembe, Alexandra, John, You Sung and a dedicated group of volunteers, this group will be supporting and working to build the ever-growing community of Romero House.
Mary-Jo Leddy is renowned for her creative use of leftovers in making delicious meals, and her dedication to our neighborhood. She is a social activist, teacher, and writer, whose long term commitment to Romero House has formed the foundation of this community.
Jenn McIntyre, our director, is a lover of cooking and eating delicious food from all over the world, listening to the CBC and exploring Toronto on her bicycle. Jenn has been involved at Romero House for many years in a variety of roles and now supports the community through both administration and community building.
We are welcoming Tembeka this year in a new role as assistant director. Tembe has a bright sense of humor and is appreciated by all in her support of the team and community. Also new to the team is John, who will be working as the maintenance manager and is known by his warm and welcoming personality.
Alexandra, our finance manager, is an avid fan of the blue jays, supporter of the Colombian soccer team and lover of biking and being part of the Romero House community. You Sung has been a dedicated member of this community for the past two years. You Sung will continue working with families and interns, also with placement students.
Our interns this year come from around the globe, bringing a diverse range of academic and practical backgrounds. Each intern has dedicated years to study in the academic world and are keen to be working directly with the populations and groups of people that has inspired their commitment to a community organization. Some of the group are coming to Romero House with experience working in the business and hospitality sectors. This experience will be help to shape and grow public outreach and the organisation of Romero House. Others in the group have worked extensively in volunteering and fundraising initiative planning and have had meaningful experiences living and working within organisations such as L’Arche Canada and living abroad in communities across cultures.
From the interns:
We are excited to spend this year living in community with the residents of Romero House and with each other. We are each aware of the great need that refugees experience and wish to provide support and welcome to newcomers to Canada.
Mary Jo Leddy: Founder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jenn McIntyre: Director (email@example.com)
Tembeka Ndlovu: Assistant Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alexandra Jiménez: Administration and Finance Manager (email@example.com)
John Nino: Maintenance Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You Sung Chae: Programs Assistant (email@example.com)
Claire: Second Harvest Co-ordination, Public Education Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joel: Volunteer Support, Info Account Manager, Bicycles Intern (email@example.com)
Robbie: Fundraising Support, Furniture Co-coordinator, Kids programming (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kristen: Communications Team, Boutique and Clothing Donations Coordinator (email@example.com)
Carolina: Communications Team and Social Media Manager, Fundraising Support, Kids Programming (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lucas: Furniture Coordinator, Fundraising and Marathon Support, Public Education Team (email@example.com)