In 2006, Tássia Camões walked through the doors of Santropol Roulant for the first time. Since then, she has become one of the most active and unifying volunteers at the agency.
Whether helping to prepare and deliver meals-on-wheels, or revealing the realities of frail older people through a video project, Tássia has invested hundreds of hours in building a strong intergenerational community at the Santropol Roulant. She also played a key role in implementing a pilot project for an intergenerational urban garden that allowed many seniors to break out of their isolation and experience the joys of gardening, without even leaving their balcony.
In 2013, as coordinator of the urban fruit harvest collective Les Fruits Défendus, Tássia helped to create strong ties of collaboration with the owners of city fruit trees by developing a data base that is still being used today. She managed to communicate her enthusiasm to a team of 40 volunteers, who that summer picked over 2,500 kg of fruit—fruit which otherwise would have gone to waste, but instead was used to supply the kitchens of the Santropol Roulant and two other agencies with fresh produce.
Tássia is recognized for her quiet leadership and her talent for building bridges that transcend cultural and generational boundaries. By getting people to develop a community spirit, she sows the seeds of citizen involvement. Not surprising that many volunteers mention her name when asked what brought them to the Santropol Roulant!
Centraide has supported the Santropol Roulant since 2002.
Tássia Camões is the winner of the Solidaires NextGen 2015.