There’s nothing misfit about the opinions of a 20-something single parent on things that matter. Then again, Di Menna probably knows this and is just waiting for the masses to catch on. -Nicole Morales, Review of Misfit Matriarch in Broken Pencil
I have had the pleasure of working with Hillary over the summer to help train over 1200+ orientation leaders at York University. Hillary is a dedicated and passionate leader who is non judgemental and committed to ensuring those she teaches are learning. She is compassionate and has acted as a mentor for so many of her younger peers to help develop them to be better versions of themselves. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have worked with someone like this.
-Jessica Thyriar Office of Community Supports & Services, York University
I had an amazing time working with Hillary as an active bystander facilitator at York University. In a short time that I worked with Hillary, I often looked up to her as a mentor and she really played a big part in helping me grow as a human. Hillary’s enthusiasm and passion to end sexual violence helped me stay motivated to memorize our presentation and improve my public speaking skills. Through working with Hillary, she has shared with me a lot of knowledge from her education and I can confidently say she is an expert in her field of work.
- Active Bystander Co-Facilitator, The Centre of Sexual Violence Response, Support, and Education
Hillary provided amazing support for the development of our film project. Hillary was able to secure donations and attain community support for the film in its early ages of fundraising. Working with Hillary has been an incredible privilege.
-Mandi Gray, Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial, Impact Producer
It was wonderful to have Hillary edit my essay. She did not just edit, but she got me involved and made suggestions to help my own growth.
-Eudora Aletta, York University
Hillary has been speaking at our volunteer trainings since 2015 she has presented to our peer support and crisis line volunteers educating them on victim blaming, feminism activism, navigating through the justice system and much more. Hillary has a relatable approach that the volunteers always enjoy and feel comfortable asking her questions. Hillary is informed and well educated. Between her life experience and education she always presents valuable and relevant information. I always enjoy when Hillary comes to the center and she always receives positive reviews in our training assessments done by the volunteers. I can't say enough good things and anyone would be lucky to work with Hillary
-Candice Hodgson, Community Development and Volunteer Coordinator, Durham Rape Crisis Centre
Hillary is a very creative individual and extremely talented writer. As her professor, I always enjoyed marking her assignments because they were not only well done but also original and imaginative. Hillary also showed great commitment to learning and displaying a great attitude whether she was tackling an assignment alone or in a group setting. I have no hesitation in recommending Hillary for any position she may want to apply for. She will definitely be an asset to the company that hires her.
-Anna Augusto Rodrigues, Journalism Print and Broadcast Professor, Durham College
I've worked with Hillary in multiple volunteer capacities through my not-for-profit arts group Broken Arts as well as with a writers’ collective in which we were both members. She has shown herself to be consistently reliable, dedicated, and enthusiastic. She does not take a project on unless she is fully committed and she does not deliver less than her best effort.
-Harley Pageot, Broken Arts Founder, Creator of Now or Never and Yard Sale
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Hillary Di Menna and I worked side by side for years. She is easy to work with, knowledgeable and has insights into issues most avoid. If I could commend one aspect of Hillary's demeanor, it would be her authentic and genuine ability to make others feel welcome and secure, especially during the interview process. -Ashley Anthony, Durham College/Riot Radio,
Hillary Di Menna is an incredibly driven young woman. She brings creative insight and innovation into everything she touches. It was truly an honour to have the opportunity to work with Hillary and watch her grow as a professional.
-Kim Moreau, Editor of The Chronicle
I have worked alongside Hillary Di Menna for three years while studying multi-platform journalism. She intrigues the audience with her writing just as much as her subjects intrigue her. Her natural writing ability, which comes seemingly with such ease, has been an inspiration for other colleagues and myself. Hillary's commitment to clear and insightful storytelling along with the strong perseverance that I've seen, makes her an asset to employers fortunate to come across her.
-Flo Perritt, Durham College/The Chronicle
Hillary Di Menna is an energetic person with a unique personality, who can always be counted on to bring an idea to the table. She collaborates well to complete projects as part of a team and offers to shoulder extra responsibility without complaint when necessary. She is an excellent person to work with, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to get to know her professional side.
-Emily Wood, Durham College/My Community is Durham
I had the pleasure of working alongside Hillary Di Menna to create a magazine. I can say from personal experience not only is she a team player and an amazing writer, she's also one of the most kind hearted people I've ever come across. In high-pressured situations, she was always there to keep the energy positive and keep everyone in high spirits. This helped the team bring in quality results. Any company that gets Di Menna will be lucky, because when it comes to writing she's passionate and she won't stop until she gives you the best results.
Having had Hillary handle our blog for our sprawling art event known as Oshawa space invaders , I can attest to the fact that she brings both skill and enthusiasm in equal measure to a project. Her passion for the arts and her unique personality never made any of our efforts feel like work.
-Steven Frank, OshawaSpaceInvaders co-founder
Hillary is such a pleasure to work with. She is a hard-working reporter, curious about the world, and fearless. Plus she delivers on time, every time. Any editor would be lucky to have her on their team.
-Erin Elliott, Founder and Editor of OshaWhat Magazine
I had the privilege of working with Hillary when she contributed to the Downtown Oshawa News blog (DON). both her Journalistic abilities and presence were an asset to our publication. She always delivered her wonderful stories in a timely matter, all while giving DON a positive outlook in the community. Hillary has a tireless work ethic and commitment to become the best journalist she can be.
-Stephanie Foden, Downtown Oshawa News Editor
Hillary’s enthusiasm will add energy to any workplace! She brings dedication and diligence to her work and is committed to excellence.
-Brian Legree, Journalism Print and Broadcast Professor at Durham College