Fond Farewell

966 513 Jodi Montlake

This September we will say a fond farewell to three amazing and longstanding members of the Spread a Smile team.  We are sad to see them go and do so with every best wish for the future.  We are delighted that all three will continue to volunteer for the charity at our key family and fundraising events.

Family Events Managers, Caroline Lisberg  and Carolyn Klaus joined the charity in 2014 and 2016 respectively and have managed countless theatre trips, days out and Winter Parties.  Over the last 18 months they have hosted virtual entertainer visits as well as successfully adapted our events to digital offerings including virtual activity days during the school holidays and Smile Parties.  They have both decided that it is now to hand over the event’s baton to the rest of the team. Carolyn and Caroline said,  “The years we’ve had at Spread a Smile have been life-changing for both of us. It is an incredible charity and it has been a pleasure to have been part of its story. But most importantly we have loved creating so many special memories over the years. It has been such a privilege to have met so many wonderful families and inspirational children and we will always carry you in our hearts.“

Systems Manager, Loren Berkowitz, has been spreading smiles since the charity’s foundation in 2013.  Indeed, after our founders, Josephine and Vanessa, Loren was Spread a Smile’s very first member of the team.  Her positive ‘can do’ attitude and versatility means throughout her time at the charity she has worked across every department, from managing our website, social media, databases and systems and processes to supporting our fundraising activities, family events and hospital visits.  Her passion has always been focused on spreading smiles meaning she has supported thousands of children and their families at every kind of visit, trip and event.  And it’s been a family affair, her gorgeous dog, Cassie was our very first therapy dog.  With the same calming nature of all the Berkowitz family, Cassie and made hundreds of bedside visits with Loren and her daughter, Talia, reducing children’s anxieties and spreading smiles.

Caroline, Carolyn and Loren have made many important introductions to the charity and developed long-term relationships with our families and supporters.  We’re going to miss their fabulous creativity, enthusiasm and passion for Spread a Smile but know that they will stay in contact and continue to support our work.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.