Level 1 – Mrs. Tamara Cipriano
Tony and I have two daughters, Kayla and Lana. We have been members of St. Gianna’s for three years and we are very grateful to be part of such a wonderful faith community. This is my second year as a Catechist in level 1. When I was asked about being a Catechist I thought that being new to the Catholic faith myself, this would be a perfect way for me to pass on everything I have learned through my journey. I have been a softball coach for 7-10 year olds for three years and I absolutely love teaching the kids. I have learned so much from them and I find being a Catechist extremely rewarding.
Level 2 – Mr. Aidan Guttormson
Hey there, my name is Aidan Guttormson and I am a 17 year old student currently attending St. Paul’s Jesuit High School. My family has been involved with the parish since its early days some 10 years ago. I myself have been involved with the parish as an acolyte and a teen catechist. Besides volunteering with the church, I spend my time reading, snowboarding, and playing hockey and rugby. I am very excited to be teaching Faith Formation again this year!
Level 3 – Mrs. Antoinette Huggins
Level 4 – Ms. Patricia Navarro
Level 5 – Mr. Carlo Navarro & Mrs. Grazia Bermisa
This is in my first year as a catechist. I currently work as a Clinical Case Manager for New Directions, supporting high needs children in foster home placements. My husband, Gerald, and I have 2 daughters; Sabrina, 9, and Sasha, 6. We have belonged to St. Gianna’s since Sabrina’s baptism in 2006. I look forward to spending time with the Level 5 class and doing my best to educate the children about our faith while making it fun!
Level 6 – Mr. Jerome Knysh
Caitlin Madden: Caitlin is 15 years old, and is currently attending grade 11 at St. Mary’s Academy. She joined St. Gianna’s with her family in 2005, and has been a teen catechist for the past 4 years. Caitlin enjoys playing basketball, and the piano and is the 2015 General Ambassador for Folklorama .
Stephanie Knysh: Hi my name is Stephanie, I am in grade ten at St. Mary’s Academy and this is my fourth year as a teen catechist at St. Gianna Parish. I enjoy being a teen catechist because I like teaching children and learning more about my faith through teaching them. At school I participate in the debate club and outside of school I enjoy synchronized swimming. I also enjoy cooking and reading in my spare time. I look forward to this year as a teen catechist and am excited for another year of faith filled learning to begin.
Caroline Knysh: Hello my name is Caroline Knysh. I am 13 years old. I am in grade 8 at St. Mary’s Academy. This is my second year as a Teen Catechist. Last year I really enjoyed talking with the kids and helping them. I like the color purple and cute baby animals like puppies and kittens. I am commonly found reading a book, on the computer, or texting with friends.
Adrian Dano: Adrian is in Grade 10 @ St. Paul High School, a Catholic all boys school. He’s an active basketball player in a certain Rising Star Basketball Club, he loves reading, singing & teaching as well. He is the eldest among 3 siblings in the family.
Ticon Dano: Ticon is in Grade 8 @ Henry G. Izatt Middle School. He’ s a rising star Basketball Player of a certain basketball Club. He likes playing guitar & clarinet and loves taking care with the little ones. He is the middle child among 3 children in the family.
Noah Banmann: Hi, my name is Noah and I am in the 7th Grade at St. John Brebeuf School. My family and I have been a part of St. Gianna’s since 2005. This is my first year as a teen catechist. My hobbies include reading, playing video games and Tae Kwon Do. I am a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and also the 2014 Canadian National Sparring Champion for my division. I love children and love learning more things about my faith so I decided to combine both of those interests and become a teen catechist this year.
Sacraments – Mrs. Monaliza Vianzon and Mrs. Isabel Rea
Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator – Mrs. Rachel Suarez-Banmann