Sisters Make a Habit of Community-Building
“We made it!” says Sister Jacqui deVerteuil, celebrating the Scotiabank Charity Challenge fundraiser which she and a team from Regis College completed last week.
"I was impressed with the commitment of the Regis faculty and staff as well as the team organization by Michele Clemo,” says Sister Jacqui (pictured right, wearing red). So far $18,000 has been raised to offer scholarships to needy students and the team has high hopes for achieving their goal of $20,000 by the end of October.
This past summer and into the fall, more than a few Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto participated in fundraising walks and rides across the GTA. This includes: Sisters Georgette Gregory, Rosemary Fry, Pat Boucher and Jacqueline deVerteuil, all of whom were inspired by the dedication and commitment by organizers and participants.
“When you take part in such an event where there are over 6,000 participants, you see how committed people are,” says Sister Georgette who is Volunteer Co-Chair for Homeless Connect Initiative. Sr. Georgette took part in the organization’s fundraising event Ride for Refuge, an organization in Canada and the USA which helps charities raise money for their work.
The bike ride occurred on October 3rd, a very windy and cold day. “I was struck by the age of the participants – from small children to seniors – and the fact that everyone reached their goal,” says Sister Georgette. “It reinforces my hope in our young people and the fact that we still are willing to help in whatever way we can.” Sister Georgette’s team had a goal of $2,000 and, so far, they have raised $4,685!
And, in August, Sisters Pat Boucher and Rosemary Fry participated in Linda's Walk 2015 in support of St. Clare Inn – a transitional housing project that offers accommodation to homeless women between the ages of 30 - 60 who are struggling with a diagnosed mental health issue.
“I think it is a great idea to participate with parishioners in activities such as this. Linda’s Walk is a fundraiser for a parish ministry to homeless women with mental health issues and is a very concrete and well organized helpful way to address the homeless in Toronto instead of just passing out loose change in the streets,” explains Sister Rosemary.
Kudos to all of the Sisters, volunteers, organizers and donors who make a commitment to be involved and to contribute in whatever way they are able.
By Lisa Tabachnick