Since May 1st, I've had the opportunity to highlight ten moms who are doing wonderful things in our community but I know there are so many more. In recent weeks, moms have needed to balance working from home, essential frontline work or a sudden loss of income with homeschooling and keeping their families safe.
If your mother is ill or has recently passed, I know that this is an especially difficult time to be away from family and my heart goes out to you.
Thank you to all the #ScarbTOmoms for what you do. Our community is fortunate to have you.
#ScarbTOmom Shernett McLeod
Continuing the #ScarbTOmoms celebration, we are celebrating Shernett McLeod nominated by Thipika Balakrishnan.
"Shernett is an amazing mom not only to her own children but many others in the Danzig Community. During the pandemic, she continues to work as a Personal Support Worker and spends time ensuring assistance is provided to the most vulnerable and marginalized seniors in various parts of Scarborough. Her incredible advocacy for the Danzig Community has paved ways for additional resources
#ScarbTOmom Renee Ritchie
Today's #ScarbTOmom is Renee Ritchie, nominated by Thipika Balakrishnan.
"Renee balances her full-time job with being a devoted mother to her son Kaden. What makes her unique is her active role in the fight against community violence. Ever since the tragic death of her beloved son, Brendon Bowler, Renee has crusaded against community violence to help prevent these tragic incidents from occurring.
She worked with youth from the Galloway Community and Sir Wilfred Laurier to apply for the Commun
#ScarbTOmom Andrea Hazell
Today's #ScarbTOmom is Andrea Hazell, nominated by Ashwani Bhardwaj
"Along with being a mother of three, Andrea has dedicated her professional career towards expressing generosity, empathy and compassion. Andrea is the President of the Scarborough Business Association, where she remains committed to helping small #ScarbTO businesses build a network and identify opportunities for growth. Andrea is a strong leader in her role, and has created new ways of engaging small businesses in response to C
#ScarbTOmom Salma Zahid
To celebrate a special Saturday edition of #ScarbTOmoms, we're going to be highlighting two mothers today – beginning with Member of Parliament, Scarborough Centre Salma Zahid, nominated by Umaid and Usman.
“Mom, we are so blessed by all you do for us. You have filled our life with nothing but love and kindness. You have taught us to be selfless, humble and support others where we can. You show us each day, by example, the importance of working tirelessly and have overcome adversities with stre
#ScarbTOmom Sabita Somani
Today's #ScarbTOmom is Sabita Somani, nominated by her daughter, Srijoni Rahman.
"Growing up, my mother was the epitome of leadership, fearlessness, passion and empathy. Once, while walking home from my daycare, I had nonchalantly plucked a flower from a nearby plant. To this, my mother had immediately paused on the side of the road, knelt down in front of me and said to me, "The flower is like the hair or the arm of the plant. When you pluck it, it pains the plant." With that, she had patted m
#ScarbTOmom Natoya Anderson
Today's #ScarbTOmom is Natoya Anderson, nominated by the Community Services Department at Philadelphia SDA Church.
Although, Natoya Anderson gave birth to two children, she is known to have mothered countless people, through education, health, legal advice or food assistance.
Natoya's past has shaped her future – she was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, where she experienced challenges finding a mentor; was not financially able to attend university and faced discrimination.
#ScarbTOmom Sue Calabrese
#ScarbTOmom shout-out goes to Sue Calabrese nominated by Tara Sinclair. “In our community, Sue wears many hats. Not only is she the brain child behind the Altamont Care Community support engine but she is also a nurse practitioner; professor; West Rouge mom of amazing grown kids; quilter; knitter and children’s party planner extraordinaire. When Sue's son was unable to experience the Santa Claus Parade, she created a gingerbread party for him and all of his friends. To read more, click link!
#ScarbTOmom Ranita Dey
#ScarbTOmom highlight for today is Ranita Dey, nominated by Olivia Dey.
"My mom is the biggest blessing of my life. I cannot imagine how my life would have been without her.
Even during this time of uncertainty, she has continued to support our neighbours through kindness and compassion.
She has created "Greenbriar Strong" a neighbourhood group to help spread happiness during the pandemic. Within a week of starting the group, we have 16 families from my neighbourhood join the group, sharing th
#ScarbTOmom D'Arcy Perkovic
D’Arcy Perkovic is today’s #ScarbTOmom, as nominated by Heather Hawley.
D’Arcy is a familiar #ScarbTO face and has been the powerhouse behind our community drive-by parades.
From Heather, “D’Arcy has gone above and beyond to show the spirit in the community. She is spreading love and joy in a time of uncertainty.”
Thank you for showing us that we are stronger together, D’Arcy!
See more about D’Arcy and the origin of the parades here: https://www.toronto.com/news-story/9921986-no-parties-no
#ScarbTOmom Heather Hawley
Our first #ScarbTOmom shout-out goes to Heather Hawley from Katie Wicik.
“Heather is not only a fantastic mom to her own 3 children but she has an exceptional ability to bring together other moms in our community, in order to encourage the best and healthiest versions of ourselves. Heather motivates and inspires us to look after our own self-care needs, which in turn, builds a stronger and more resilient community. The immense support, care, and genuine interest that Heather takes in the lives