This year Romero House has welcomed six interns. Together with Mary Jo, Jenn, Alexandra, José, Kristin, and a dedicated group of volunteers, this group will be supporting and working to build the ever-growing community of Romero House.
Our interns this year come from around the globe, bringing a diverse range of academic and practical backgrounds. Many of the group are coming to Romero House with experience working in refugee shelters across the world, in Belgium, Korea, and El Paso, at the Mexican/U.S. border. Others in the group have worked extensively in child and youth programming 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.
Our team is shaped by two returning interns; You Sung, who brought us all back beautiful colorful fish key chains from her home of Seoul, Korea this summer. And Annemie, whose silent fits of laughter are infectious and keeps us all in good spirits. Completing the dynamic we have James, whose Saskatchewan lingo is both confusing and informative, teaching us new expressions like “Don’t upset the apple cart”. Chelsea, who has already shared her love of singing along enthusiastically to any great pop song or Flemish rap. Kristen, who is happy to call the pack back together when needed with a long, loud wolf howl. And Lucas, whose singing voice has been described as “soo dreamy ohmygosh” by his fellow house mate, James.
Throughout this year the interns will be joining the already strong team of Mary Jo, Jenn, Alexandra, José, and Kristin.
Mary Jo is renowned for her creative use of leftovers in making delicious meals, and her dedication to our neighbourhood. She is a social activist, teacher, and writer, whose long term commitment to Romero House has formed the foundation of this community. 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. 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. Alexandra, 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. José loves chess and is proud to work for Romero House, as he understands how difficult it is to move to a new country, to need the support of a community, and to learn a new language. Also joining us this year is Kristin Marshall, who will be acting as an adviser at Romero House.
Mary Jo Leddy: Founder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jenn McIntyre: Director (email@example.com)
Alexandra Jiménez: Administrator and Finance Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
José Sanchez: Maintenance Manager (email@example.com)
You Sung: Intake Support, Housing Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Annemie: Volunteer and Community Life Coordinator, Boutique Manager (email@example.com)
James: Fundraising, Public Education Outreach Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chelsea: Communications Team, Finance Assistant, Booking Community Space (email@example.com)
Kristen: Communications, Public Education, Furniture and Second Harvest Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lucas: Furniture Coordinator, Maintenance and Fundraising Assistant and Financial Donations Support (email@example.com)