Treasured Youville Staff Member Embarks on New Adventures

March 8th, 2013

The atmosphere at Youville Centre was bittersweet last month as we received the news that a treasured staff member, Cathy Romano-Franzese, would be embarking on new adventures and leaving our centre. After 23 years of dedicated service to Youville Centre’s young mothers and children as an Early Childhood Education Student, ECE Teacher, Preschool Supervisor*, Student Support Worker and eventually in her most recent role as Child Development Program Coordinator, Cathy has proven herself to be a passionate, invaluable member of the Youville Centre team.


An excellent manager with natural leadership ability, Cathy provided Youville Centre’s young moms with a listening ear, a loving attitude and a wealth of advice on parenting and child development. We will surely miss Cathy as she moves into the next stage of her career, but we look forward to welcoming our new Child Devlopment Program Coordinator soon and we will enjoy introducing her to our greater Youville community in a future blog story.

To wish Cathy well, we held a surprise get-together with all current students, children and staff members. Roses were given to Cathy by the students with each young mom thanking her for a different quality she brought to the centre, such as a sense of humour, a listening ear and for “being real”. A handmade card was presented as well as a collage of photos in a frame, and the celebration was topped off with a cake!

Many thanks to Cathy for her dedicated, loyal and passionate years of service to Youville Centre’s young moms and their children. You will be missed.

*Note: we no longer offer services to preschool aged children.