Roseanna’s unwavering commitment to “The Take Action Society” goes above and beyond what is expected of a Chair of an organization. Not only is she the Chair, CEO, TA Leader, Program Coordinator, Youth Care Leader, Hub Coordinator, Garden Coordinator, Community Advocate, etc., she is also a participant of the SAC, the “Youth bringing Unity for Community” Committee, the Dartmouth North Association (DNA), the DNA Education Committee, as well as the “Between the Bridges” project. The scope of this initiative has been extensive and has required the creation of various working committees. Due to Roseanna’s determination, participation, and strength she has been a huge asset in assisting in focusing on policy change and challenges identified by residents to improve conditions for children, youth and their families. Roseanna is also a participating member of the “Between the Bridges” Residents Round Table, Student Success Alignment Team, as well as the Strategic Round Table; and has participated in the UW Poverty Solutions Project. Roseanna has brought many residents together in order to create “The Take Action Society” Outdoor Classroom and Community Garden, located behind Harbour View Elementary School, as well as the Northbrook Community Orchard, and is currently in the stages of expanding the community garden into the Lahey Rd. area, as well as collaborating the construction of a year-round greenhouse. With the support of many; friends and families could go and have fun while staying active during the winter as they skated on the Community Ice Rink. She has brought over 300 residents together to create the “Home is where the HeART is” Mural located at the entrance of Harbour View School, as well as the “Do the Right Thing” community theme project. With the Tidal Impact Group partnership, a “Kindness Rock Garden” was created to help build self-esteem and to encourage random acts of kindness. Due to the many barriers to students meeting the educational outcomes, Roseanna along with multiple other organizations and service providers created “The Food for Youth Task Force” to provide the students and residents with access, knowledge and tools to tackle food security issues faced in our community. Roseanna continues to support and encourage environmental leadership here in Dartmouth North by organizing and leading community cleanups for the past 10 years. And on top of all of that, she has found the time to assist in the expansion of the “Take Action” Group into the Demetreous Lane Community Center. Roseanna thrives on providing opportunities for the residents to become more involved; and inspires and encourages residents to obtain the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools in order to break the vicious cycle of poverty.
2018 Halifax Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
United Way Halifax and the Bhayana Family Foundation will honour seven people committed to community change on Friday, June 8. United Way partner organizations nominated front-line staff and volunteers who offered extraordinary contributions to the community. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to be used for personal or professional development so that they may better do their work.
Jackie Rivers was nominated by Alice Evans at The Club Inclusion for the creativity and energy she brings to the organization every day. “There seems to be no limit to the effort and ingenuity that Jackie brings to her work,” Alice says. “Her expertise, attention to detail and understanding of the issues that affect people who have significant disabilities has meant that The Club Inclusion can accommodate those who others turn away.”
The awards are made possible by a generous donation from the Bhayana Family Foundation. Raksha Bhayana, a former member of United Way Toronto’s Board of Trustees, says the awards were created to shed light on the positive impact of front-line staff. “Every single day they are in the trenches of difficult and demanding jobs, facing obstacles, fighting for justice and making a real difference in their community. They give tirelessly day after day, but their efforts often go under-recognized by all of us.”