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SJMP Grad, Deanna Lentini (2012) founder of Fix the 6ix


Deanna Lentini is a former student of the TCDSB. She attended St. Gerald’s elementary school, and was concurrently enrolled in the gifted program at Blessed Trinity elementary school. Deanna attended St. Joseph’s Morrow Park Secondary school, and was a member of the 2012 graduating class.


Deanna is currently finishing her studies at York University, and will graduate from the Kinesiology and Health Sciences program in June 2016.
 
In 2016, Deanna founded Fix the 6ix, a Toronto-focused poverty alleviation project. Fix the 6ix collects donations of new and partly used gift card donations to purchase food, clothing and needed items for the homeless of Toronto, and for Sistering women’s drop in. This unique solution to left over gift cards was featured on Metro Morning radio show, in print in the metro newspaper, and online on the Torontoist blog. 

The project which is run entirely by York University student volunteers has had overwhelming support from the university faculty and students alike. Donations are collected across campus at 18 donation stations in gift card collection boxes, and are pooled together by the student volunteers at the end of the project to purchase items to distribute across the city.

 

Deanna credits her grade 7 teacher Mr. Kerr, and Enrichment teacher Mrs. Burrows as contributing to the inspiration that put her on the path to starting Fix the 6ix. She acknowledges the influence of Mr. Kerr on her passion for social justice because of his willingness to bring the topic into the classroom when he took a group of students to the first Me to We day in 2007. Mrs. Burrows was an incredible support to Deanna in high school by offering endless opportunities for SJMP students to be hands-on in their community. Specific instances that resonated were the opportunities Mrs. Burrows introduced for volunteering at the Good Shepherd refuge, and the annual social justice conference offered by Brebeuf in 2011 on homelessness in Toronto.

Deanna is a wonderful example of TCDSB students living our Catholic values beyond high school.

 

 
 
 
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