St. Stephen's Community House participants

Tam Goossen

Tam GoossenTam Goossen

A lifetime of service

Having experienced firsthand how vital St. Stephen's House is to the community, former board member Tam decided to give back by becoming a volunteer.

Tam said, "I've lived in this area since 1974 when I was a student at U of T. When my parents first came to Toronto from Hong Kong in 1976, I realised they were so limited by not speaking English. My parents were helped enormously by the Settlement program workers at St. Stephen's and made lifelong friends through the seniors groups at the House. My mother, Tam Kwai Lan, especially. It was then that I realised what St. Stephen's provided — the huge variety of services. For the first time, it opened my eyes about social services, what they can offer. These kinds of services for seniors make their lives happier and more connected.

"Then when my daughters were in grade 7/8, they benefited greatly from participating in the youth program at the Arcade. When I was school trustee for the area, I also had first-hand experience facilitating connection between the school board and the House. In short I have been so impressed by the diverse and innovative the programming at St. Stephen's, I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to help in their efforts to make Toronto a better place for all."

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