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PhD candidate recognized as Volunteer of the Year at Tides

CELEBRATIONS!

PhD candidate XiXi Tian was recognized as Volunteer of the Year at Tides, which provides grief support for children, teens, and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. Over the past five years, XiXi has been working with upper elementary school students who seek grief support. She gives participants the opportunity to share stories about their loved one, their feelings, and hardships while also allowing time for games, fun, and laughter. One of the participant’s parents recently shared, “I just wanted to tell you how much [my child] loves Tides. He SO looks forward to chatting with XiXi…He comes out of those meetings SOOOO happy.  I just wanted to express my gratitude.” As Holly Oxendale, the Execute Director at Tides, writes, “XiXi has been the rock of our upper elementary group, holding it together and consistently being there for these children during the pandemic as we went virtual. Her understanding and gentle nature makes her such a blessing to our program.”

To learn more about Tides, please check: https://tidesprogram.org/