We work with an amazing group of volunteers. We want to honor their hard work and dedication to the cause of creating a safe, inclusive community in Northern Colorado.
Tanya is one of SAVA’s amazing interns. She started over the summer and wanted to stay throughout the school year. We were so excited to keep her on, and get her involved in all of the programs! Tanya works in direct service, assisting clients on the hotline, and accompanying individuals to the hospital, police station and courthouse to offer in-person support. Additionally, she works with our prevention programs, helping with a SpeakUp! group, and is getting more involved with the It’s On Us- Fort Collins initiative! She does it all! We are thrilled to have Tanya as part of our team. She is part of what makes SAVA great.
Tanya, tell us a little about yourself.
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
I think there are so many amazing dogs in the world that they deserve a party. There would be prizes for the cutest, most athletic, and best tricks. I would be sure to have a swimming pool, plenty of running room, a tug of war contest, and infinite tennis balls to play with! Obviously, there would be treats of all shapes and sizes. Although I considered a party for cats, I have a feeling that the cats wouldn’t be as enthused as the dogs would.
This is a fun one. Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity?
No, I have not been told that I look like a celebrity. However, if someone wants to take pictures with me, I’ll surely pose and pretend to be whoever they are excited to mistake me as.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor, who would it be and why?
I would pick Gloria Steinem or Angela Davis as my mentor. These women are prominent leaders of the feminist movement and have been doing anti-oppression work for many years. They recognize that sexism is not the sole issue in the quest for equality. Oppression is an intersectional issue that is related to gender, age, ability, class status, nationality, and many other identities that can make a person vulnerable to discrimination or violence. I value Steinem and Davis’s hard work to create a culture that recognizes multiple ways that oppression can negatively impact a person. I look up to these women, and use an intersectional lens when working with survivors so that my work is considerate of all identities.
And finally Tanya, what do you enjoy most about volunteering at SAVA?
My favorite parts about volunteering is the fact that I look forward to coming into the office each day. One of the reasons I enjoy what I do is because of my amazing co-workers. This field of work can be very intense at times, but the SAVA team resembles a family that continually supports each other through thick and thin. I am very fortunate to work with staff who have made a lifelong commitment to supporting survivors.