What is your connection to ICO? I learned about ICO through my church, Christian Centre, where ICO is based. I’ve always admired the work they do in the community, so I was excited to be given an opportunity to join the team.
What is your educational background? BA Psychology from York
What is your favorite program at ICO?
Currently, my favourite program at ICO is the Homework Club. I love the Homework Club because it allows me to connect with so many kids and families in the neighbourhood. I really enjoy helping kids grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. It is so exciting to see a child get better at reading, learn how to express their emotions, or build friendships through the Homework Club.
Why do you love Jane and Finch? I have lived in Jane and Finch for most of my life and I have loved growing up here. All of my friends, family and community are right here in this neighbourhood. I love the cultural diversity of Jane and Finch. In spite of its reputation at times, Jane and Finch is truly such a wonderful community with amazing, hard-working people and families. There is so much beauty in the different people who make up this community. Jane and Finch is my home and I hope to raise my own family here as well!
Share a memorable ICO moment. One of my favourite memories at ICO so far is when we did a life lesson on Self-Esteem at the Homework Club. We spoke to the children about what self-esteem is, and why it is important to have confidence and love yourself. Every child drew their own self-portrait. Then, to combat bullying, every child wrote a compliment on each other’s self-portraits. Our Homework Club leaders participated as well. It was so uplifting and beautiful to see the kids build each other up with kind words, and receive each other’s compliments. They were all so excited to see what their friends & leaders had written about them, and it has created a great foundation for helping them to remember to use kind words with each other.