Social Justice Team Reaches Out to Local Community
Neyla Kirby '22
The Social Justice team has been bringing joy to frontline healthcare workers and seniors over the past month.
CDS is helping Fatima Manshadi, owner of the Maple Teahouse & Bake Shop in Aurora, to make lunches for frontline workers at Southlake Hospital. This week, the ER nurses will be receiving chicken kebabs from Fatima thanks to the funding done during our last dress-down day. Members of the Social Justice Club wrote personal thank you notes that will accompany each hand-packed lunch, expressing our gratitude and appreciation for all of their hard work.
Fatima immigrated to Canada from Iran four years ago, where she used to work as a nurse for more than 10 years. Eight months after she arrived, she opened up her own bakery (Maple Teahouse, in the plaza near Longos), where she sells delicious handmade pastries and treats! One year ago, after her shop was closed down for a three month period, she began packing lunches for the hospital. Now, even after her own shop has reopened, she continues to work after her shop closes each day to prepare and pack the meals for the healthcare workers to enjoy.
Understanding the stress of being a frontline worker on top of the COVID situation was in her mind as she started her project and has since received floods of emails and messages from the recipients thanking her for her wonderful gesture of kindness. She was an absolute joy to speak with and we loved hearing her inspiring story!
Last month, the club prepared a special treat for CHATS Richmond Hill, writing over 100 cards for the seniors to open on Valentine’s Day, in which they shared how they’ve been staying positive and spread a little joy among the seniors during these trying times. Here are just a few of the wonderful letters written by the Social Justice team.