An educator for almost 35 years, Marisa has been a classroom teacher, student success teacher, guidance counsellor and Head of Student Services. As vice-chair of the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton, she works collaboratively to provide hope, help, and healing in our communities. Recognized locally, provincially, and nationally for her past initiatives on teen mental health, she strives to break stigma and bring awareness to the importance of mental wellness through education and advocacy. Marisa believes volunteerism is central to a healthy community and personal wellness. Her varied community roles include the Stoney Creek Site Coordinator for the Terry Fox Run and executive member of the Donnici Social Club. Committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, she continues to support various organizations for newcomers through presentations and workshops. She is grateful to Cable 14 for the opportunity to be the host and community producer for two successful series:
Arms Wide Open - showcased the successes of local immigrants and highlighted the experiences of newcomers
Keep It Together - addressed strategies to build mental, physical and spiritual wellness during the pandemic.
While she is busy with many endeavours, she is happiest spending time with her husband, four children and daughter-in-law, and dogs, Boomer and Peaches… and obviously, cooking!