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Meet our Outstanding Canadians: Tito Gomez

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Tito is a member of the Greater Forest Lawn community in Calgary and an active advocate for children and youth in the community. Tito is the founder of the Dover Kids Club, a grassroots no-cost afterschool program that focuses on creating a positive social space for children and youth in the neighborhood. At the Dover Kid's Club, Tito facilitates a space where children can find their voice. A great example of this is the spoken word workshops he provided for members of the club. The children in Dover Kid's Club performed their pieces at an event at the Alex Community Food Centre, and members of the audience were moved to tears with the clarity that these children brought to issues that they face as indigenous and/or low income children. Tito creates awareness in the most powerful way possible - by creating a space for the people who are impacted by the issues to speak.

Tito recently joined community action training at the Alex Community Food Centre (CFC) and the most amazing thing about Tito is that he is a new Canadian (originally from California). Despite being a newcomer, he is so devoted to the community, doing all this work for free as he cannot legally work in Canada yet. He is seen as being truly selfless, calm, and patient, and his lightness is a constant reminder to the team at the CFC of how to approach community building work with grace. He is a considered a powerful advocate for children and youth, and in particular indigenous children and youth.