11 Nov Welcoming StudentsCare Board Chair, Ali Wasserman!
So many exciting things have been happening at StudentsCare. Not only is Giving Tuesday around the corner, but we’ve just recently appointed Ali Wasserman as our new board chair! In her role, she will serve as a contact point for all board members, set goals and objectives for the board, create various committees, and lead board meetings.
Ali Wasserman is the founder of the Children’s Grief Network, a not for profit organization supporting children and their families facing illness, disability or death. After earning an MBA from York University, Ali moved to South Florida from Toronto, Canada to raise her family, where she completed a Masters in Developmental Disabilities at Nova Southeastern University with a concentration in Child Life. Upon graduation, Ali began facilitating bereavement support groups through the Children’s Bereavement Center. Ali also volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem (17th Circuit), providing guidance and support to children and families in family dependency court. Most recently, Ali relocated back to her hometown in Toronto.
“As a child life specialist, I understood and strongly believed in the mission of StudentsCare. The concept of young people helping kids is innovative and unique in the hospital setting,” says Ali. She continues, “When I learned about the extensive training and support that StudentsCare offers its student volunteers I truly understood how this program could have an enormous positive impact on hospitalized children. As a mother who had a child in the hospital for an extended period of time, I was able to see how incredibly valuable a buddy is to a sick kid.”
Ali is a dedicated and passionate board member who whole-heartedly believes in StudentsCare’s mission of providing support to hospitalized children and their families. “I hope to increase awareness and participation of our StudentsCare buddy program in order to have a positive impact of hospitalized children nationally and someday in the future internationally.”
Thank you, Ali, for your dedication and commitment to StudentsCare! We are looking forward to this next chapter with you!