Community advocate Sharon Joseph didn’t think much of it when she applied to be a Pan Am/Parapan Games torchbearer this summer.
“I filled the application form online and left it at that because I knew there were going to be thousands of candidates,” she said. “I still didn’t think I was going to get in when I got a congratulatory note in February saying I has passed the first phase.”
A month ago, Joseph was informed she was among the 3,000 torchbearers that will take the torch through more than 130 communities in 41 days.
Each torchbearer will run/wheel at their own pace with the Pan Am flame for approximately 200 metres.
Joseph will run her leg on July 8 in north-central Toronto.
“I don’t know as yet which route I will be assigned, but if I had my druthers, I would like to take the torch through the Jane-Finch community where I have co-ordinated the annual Peace, Love and Unity Walk,” she said.
The mother of three, who migrated from Trinidad & Tobago 28 years ago, enjoys volunteering and working with young people. She oversees the Breakaway Relief Care organization, located at 4020 Dundas St. W. Founded in her basement 12 years ago, the organization offers family counselling, crime prevention and other community programs.
The recipient of an International Women Achievers Award last year for volunteerism, Joseph was a York West candidate in the 2010 municipal elections.