Our Staff Make All The Difference

ADMINISTRATION

Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator

Pictured with Members Charlene DesRochers and Andrea McBride (Pre-COVID19)
Pictured with Members Charlene DesRochers and Andrea McBride (Pre-COVID19)

Shareefah Athman

"I started as a placement student in the Social Service Worker Program in 2015. Soon after I was hired as on-call and following that I was happily given the Day Program full time position! I am currently embarking on a new journey as the Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator for 1 year covering a mat-leave position.  I have formed lifelong friendships here and they are truly like family to me."

Programs Email: programs@sunriseyouthgroup.ca

(905) 438-9910 ext. 1001

Administrative Assistant

Pictured with Member Nicole  Gaspar (Pre-COVID19)
Pictured with Member Nicole Gaspar (Pre-COVID19)

Brittany McMinn

"I started out as a student in 2014. I quickly fell in love with this organization. The energy and positivity this place brings is hard to find. My favorite thing about Sunrise is definitely the dancing and singing. To be able to dance and sing like nobody is watching gives you everyday confidence. Sunrise brings a smile to my face everyday."

Administration Email: programs@sunriseyouthgroup.ca

(905) 438-9910 ext. 1001

DAY PROGRAM

Day Program Coordinator

Pictured with Member Derrick Randall (Pre-COVID19)
Pictured with Member Derrick Randall (Pre-COVID19)

Danielle Ferland

“I first started at Sunrise Youth Group in February 2010 and have enjoyed every minute of it! I am very fortunate to have a job that I love and I am able to have fun every day! My favourite thing to do at Sunrise is facilitating the literacy program. This allows me to share my love for reading and learning while making it accessible to all comprehension levels. The staff and members have become my second family”

Day Program Email: dayprogram@sunriseyouthgroup.ca

(905) 438-9910 ext. 1003

Day Program Support Staff

Pictured with member Shannon (Pre-COVID19)
Pictured with member Shannon (Pre-COVID19)

Jeff McGilton

"I began volunteering with Sunrise Youth Group in September 2018 and felt immediately welcomed by its warm members and fellow volunteers. Wanting to spend as much time as possible with this vibrant community, I signed on as a Day Program staff and facilitated the Performing Arts and Life Skills/Fundraising programs until the following May, when I left to complete a Master's degree in applied theatre. Now that this is complete, I am thrilled to be back in the Sunrise Day Program to explore connectivity and community in a time of isolation—and, of course, have fun along the way!"

Day Program Email: dayprogram@sunriseyouthgroup.ca

(905) 438-9910 ext. 1003

Day Program Support Staff

Pictured with member Dave Boychyn (pre-COVID-19)
Pictured with member Dave Boychyn (pre-COVID-19)

Fabian Di Martino

"I have been lucky enough to be a part of Sunrise since August of 2019 and am delighted to have found meaning and companionship among the many friends here. It is the light of my life to share both the pleasures and the struggles of daily routine with those who dare to be a little bit different. The Day Program at Sunrise reminds me how to find beauty and happiness in some of life's most underrated aspects; feeling appreciated, forming connections, and putting a smile on a friend's face. More importantly, it empowers me to help remind others of the same thing."

Day Program Email: dayprogram@sunriseyouthgroup.ca

(905) 438-9910 ext. 1003

Day Program Support Staff

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Kiran Sahota

"I became a part of Sunrise in May of 2020 as a CYC placement student with a BSC in Psychology. Following the completion of my placement, I was hired on as a full-time Support Staff in the Day Program! Since I have started at Sunrise, I have been openly welcomed and created new friendships along the way. My favourite thing about Sunrise is the interactive programming offered and how accommodating they are for all to participate in. I am looking forward to continuing on with Sunrise Youth Group and making lasting memories!"

Day Program Email: dayprogram@sunriseyouthgroup.ca

(905) 438-9910 ext. 1003

RECREATION PROGRAM

Recreation Program Coordinator

Pictured with Member Michael Vella (Pre-Covid19)
Pictured with Member Michael Vella (Pre-Covid19)

Carly Lambe

"I started off as a placement student in 2017 for 8 months and from there got brought on as on call staff. I covered shifts and volunteered for various Rec events. I have worked in the Day Program from the past year as a full-time staff and more recently have taken on the Recreation Coordinator position while I obtain my Social Work Degree! Sunrise is what rooted my passion for special needs and working in a Day Program setting. I love everything sunrise does and stands for and am excited for this new position!"

Recreation Email: recreation@sunriseyouthgroup.ca

(905) 438-9910 ext. 1002

Recreation Support Staff

Pictured with member Dave Boychyn (Pre-COVID19)
Pictured with member Dave Boychyn (Pre-COVID19)

Hi there! My name is Julia and I joined SYG in 2017.

When I was first introduced to Sunrise, I knew it was made up of something incredible, and now there is no way I could ever leave my happy place. Through the years, I have had the privilege to grow with Sunrise as a volunteer, placement student, 1 of 2 summer students, and now as a recreation support staff. Every member within this community has beyond spectacular traits with much wisdom to teach us all. My friends continue to remind me that accomplishments mean different things for everyone, but we will support each other every step of the way. I feel very grateful to have been given time to grow at Sunrise, where I have learned anything is possible.

Recreation Email: recreation@sunriseyouthgroup.ca

(905) 438-9910 ext. 1002

Recreation Support Staff

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My name is Andrea and I am a recreation support staff for Sunrise Youth Group! I am passionate about inclusivity, friendships and acceptance and love to see individuals grow and become self-empowered. I feel connected to Sunrise because of the welcoming atmosphere that is showcased, the happiness that the programming brings to myself, other staff and our members, and the memories that have and will be made that won't be forgotten.