Terri Budek is a leadership and diversity educator with more than a decade of program and curriculum development experience within post-secondary education. She created an award-winning diversity training program and is certified as a Safe Zone Trainer as well as a Nonviolence and Conflict Reconciliation Trainer. Her passion for enhancing the student experience started at the University of Guelph where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and held numerous student leadership positions. After graduating with a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, Terri spent almost 12 years at the University at Buffalo working in community engagement, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and student employment before starting her career at Centennial College in Toronto in 2019. Terri is an experienced conference presenter, course instructor, and an inspiring storyteller. Her unique perspective comes from learning to appreciate life while navigating the complexity of grief. At a young age and with two small children, Terri became a widow in 2016 and has since been determined to honour her late husband’s memory by finding her own voice on a different and unexpected path in life, helping others along the way.
People die every day and yet we’re at a loss for how to interact with those that are grieving. Are help and comfort still needed months and years later? Here are some practical things to know about how to support someone through the loss of a loved one that you won’t find in a Google search.