Teesha was nominated because she assists youth in our community every single day and night. While she uses her work day to improve the mental health of youth from all walks of life, she dedicates her free time after work to supporting homeless youth that lack any other form of support. Many are subject to human trafficking and exploitation.
Teesha is profiled in a video commissioned by the MRCF. Some of her motivation for helping youth day and night was revealed when she said "to be the worker that I always wanted myself, and create services that are barrier-free, the ones that a youth doesn't need anything to access."
The CEED Centre Society is proud to have the volunteer efforts of Teesha more broadly recognized in the community. She was a nominated finalist previously for the YMCA's Power of Peace award. She is one of the founding youth supporters of the Youth Wellness Centre and is playing key roles in the creation of Foundry, a one-stop, wrap-around service hub for youth. Despite having a diagnosis of PTSD from years of abuse as a youth, which makes it challenging to appear in large groups of people, Teesha is a regular contributor to provincial and even international mental health conferences, sharing her knowledge of youth-friendly approaches for service providers, including sensitive issues such as self-harm and suicide.
Teesha is currently spearheading the campaign to create a youth safe house system for B.C. While a limited number of youth shelters are in place, there are no safe houses in undisclosed locations in which a youth under 18 or younger can remain in safety 24/7. And Maple Ridge youth do not have access to a shelter anywhere closer than 35 km away. Together, we can change this.