Words+Interviews: Sumona Roy
An evening of celebration of building a strong community and a stroll down memory lane with Michael Feinstein and his interpretation the American Songbook was an inspiration for people to give and support others at the historic landmark of the Palais Royale. This venue’s history of great music legends created the perfect ambience for Feinstein and the 16 piece orchestra. The evening was dedicated to the Nanny Angel Network (NAN), an amazing charitable organization.
NAN’s inaugural Angels & Heroes celebrated the impact that Nanny Angel volunteers and partners have created for the families and communities that they serve. This celebration recognized the Angels – the volunteers, donors, and supporters who have given life to NAN – and the Heroes, the mothers who inspire with their strength and courage.
Besides having the an unbelievable performance by Michael Feinstein and the orchestra, the night also consisted of great food, a very lively silent auction and inspiring stories about how this organization has made a difference in countless number of families and communities in the local area.
The Nanny Angel Network (NAN) is a registered charity and the only organization of its kind in Canada to provide free in-home childcare support for mothers who have been diagnosed with cancer, for those requiring palliative care and for families requiring additional relief during the bereavement period.
NAN helps mothers feel assured that their children are in safe, caring hands. For a minimum of five hours per week, Nanny Angels volunteer their time so mothers can get much needed rest, go to appointments or run errands or simply have time for themselves. Delivering these services in the family’s own home reduces stress and allows women to focus on their own well-being.
Please enjoy the following interviews by Founder Audrey Guth and also Michael Feinstein
Founder Audrey Guth is a breast cancer survivor, mother of four and the president of Diamond Personnel, a nanny placement agency. After meeting other moms who were struggling to find childcare while they went to treatment sessions, doctors’ appointments and tried to get the rest they needed, she decided that there was a significant gap between healthcare and social services that simply wasn’t being met. So she decided to find a solution herself, and the result is the Nanny Angel Network, which provides free in-home childcare support for mothers who have cancer.
NAN’s Board of Directors consist of:
- Audrey Guth, Board Chair, Founder and Director of Diamond Personnel Inc.,
- Helena Axler, Vice Chair
- Glen Mortimer, Treasurer
- Barbara Steinberg
- Shauna Guth
- Joyce Frustaglio
- Gershon Hurwen
Images courtesy of bkonthescene