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The Teresa Group advances the dignity and well-being of children and their families affected by HIV and AIDS
InTouch – The Teresa Group Newsletter, December 2015
Volunteer Corner
We’ve had more children register for our tutoring program and are looking for volunteer tutor/mentors. If you have experience as a teacher or tutor and can make a weekly evening commitment until mid-June 2016, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Constance Nobes volunteer.support@
on.aibn.com
or call
416-596-7703. For further details, please take a look at the information on our website www.teresagroup.ca/
volunteers

 
Job Posting: Program Manager
The Teresa Group has an opening for a Program Manager to lead the frontline Family Support team of social workers. Further details about the position and how to apply are available on our website: 
www.teresagroup.ca
 
Holiday Hours
The office will be closed from noon on Wednesday December 23rd and will re-open on Monday January 4th 2016. Happy holidays to all!
Thank you!
A huge thank you goes to all our donors for your support this year. Whether you contributed through the Mane Event, Chrissie Cameron-Boshart Memorial Dinner and Toy Auction, Giving Tuesday, Holiday Gift Program or made a donation though CanadaHelps.org you became part of The Teresa Group family. Your generosity has helped hundreds of children and families attend support groups, get urgently needed counselling and referrals, access practical items such as diapers, TTC tokens, vitamins, grocery cards, get school support through the tutoring program and learn new skills and make friends at summer camp. In short, you have helped to change the lives of children in our city.
Thank you.
 

The Teresa Group 25th Anniversary Feature Interview


- Wendy Firth
 
It is fitting that our final 25th anniversary feature interview is with someone who has worked at The Teresa Group for 23 out of our 25 years! Board president, Marcel Watier, sat down with Office Manager, Wendy Firth to ask her about her memories and thoughts about the organisation she
joined in 1992. 

MW: Tell us about your involvement with TTG. When you first started being connected with the organization, how it began and how it has grown/ evolved.

WF: I became involved when my children were quite young and I was looking for a part-time job. I saw an ad at the 519 Church St. Community Centre and applied.  At that time Penelope Holeton the founder of The Teresa Group was the only employee until I was hired and we both worked part-time. She had just moved TTG out of her basement into a one bedroom apartment.  She had the bedroom and I had the living room. We had about three client families and a handful of volunteers. Over the past 23 years we have grown to serve hundreds of children and families.

MW: What is your favourite TTG memory?

WF:
I have a few, but the one that springs to mind is helping register the kids going to our overnight camp. To see their excitement and trepidation was amazing, and then when we welcomed them back a week later, to see the friendships they had formed and plans they had for going back the following year. I also have great memories of all the international symposiums I have been lucky enough to attend.

MW: What do you wish other people knew about The Teresa Group?  

WF:
Penelope felt there was a need to help children and families back in 1990. Since then The Teresa Group has grown to serve hundreds of children and families and has developed ground-breaking programs to meet client needs. With a staff of just seven and some very talented and dedicated volunteers we have created an environment where clients feel safe, supported and welcomed when they enter our doors. I also want to acknowledge those staff who are no longer with The Teresa Group who were such an integral part of this. Because of their passion and commitment we have this strong foundation the agency is built on.

MW: If you had to sum up TTG in one word what would it be and why? 

WF:
Need. Penelope saw a need that was not being met. She didn’t hesitate to approach Dr. Stan Read at the Hospital for Sick Children to discuss her idea of supporting children and families. The rest is history.

MW: What would you want to tell a family with young children who has been referred to TTG for the first time?

WF:
I would tell them they have come to the right place. That they will receive the help and support they need in a safe and welcoming environment.
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