Meet The SHINE2018 Team - Teresa Laturnus

Please share a little bit about who you are and what you do. 

I enjoy volunteering on events like SHINE and started volunteering with different organizations when I was still in high school, many years ago. I am an Executive Assistant at Stantec Architect and work with a busy Vice President and a team of 20 people. I worked for the David Suzuki Foundation prior to that as their Communications Coordinator. I am passionate about the environment and sit on our building’s Green Committee that is run by Morguard.

How did you meet Dean Thullner?

I was introduced to Dean in 2010 by Kirby Epps when I was in desperate need of a haircut fix. Dean saved me from that very bad haircut and we have been great friends ever since. I volunteered for Dean at the first Brilliant in 2012 and have become more involved every year and in 2014 I became his Assistant and then eventually the Production Coordinator.

You are part of the SHINE2018 team. What is your position on the SHINE team and what does your work entail?

I am the Production Coordinator. I have contact with all Designers, Hair Salons, Makeup Artists and get all the relevant paperwork required done and in order. I also assist in getting prizes and sponsorships.

What is your "why"? Why were you drawn to offer your talents in support of this specific charity fundraiser?

I have a large family and a few members suffer from mental illnesses. I have also suffered losing a friend to suicide and do not wish anyone to suffer the same way.

What are you most looking forward to at SHINE2018 in terms of the amazing show being created?

EVERYTHING…but if I must pick one thing, it will be the fashion.

Any last thing you'd like to share - a quote, a thought, an encouragement for people to attend and/or donate.

“Early diagnosis is so important because the earlier a mental illness can be detected, diagnosed and treatment can begin, the better off that person can be for the rest of his or her life.” Rosalynn Carter

On stage with the Shine 2016 team
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