About Teresa Hergert Kruze

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Along the way I met an amazing man.  I was having dinner at Astoria on the Danforth in Toronto on a beautiful September night in 1994.  Gary had just come from the gym and was ordering some takeout when he came up to my table to introduce himself.  We went out on our first date two weeks later and have been inseparable ever since. Gary and I were married in Calgary, Alberta on July 20, 1996.

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For six deliriously happy months I was on top of the world then everything crashed down into dark, raging despair.  My courageous brother-in-law, Martin Kruze exposed the horrible sex abuse ring that had been operating for years at Maple Leaf Gardens.  He became a hero to many and spoke out against Child Abuse.  He even made a visit to Oprah to tell his story. But soon it all became too much and he ended his life of pain by jumping off the Bloor Viaduct bridge.  Three months later we were told Gary’s oldest brother Ron had terminal cancer.  I couldn’t believe that within six days and six months we had buried two wonderful, vibrant men.  We would never be the same again.

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Life goes on whether we like it or not and I continued to work at TSN.  But something was missing.  I really wanted to get into talk television and production.  In 2000 I left TSN and embarked on a journey of change.  I joined the fantastic team of 680News in Toronto and got back into current events and news.  I began to write children’s books, I took up painting, I acted in films and miniseries and I went back to singing lessons.  I re-trained my voice going from a classical singer to someone that could belt out Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner.  I joined Blue Eyed Soul and began performing in the Beaches Jazz Festival, Ontario Place and on Breakfast TV. 

In 2007 I brought my talk show “Changing Lives” to The Biography Channel. I interviewed some amazing people and loved every second of hosting and producing the show. 

When the show’s run was over I was asked to anchor news for CP24 during the ownership transition from City-TV to CTVglobemedia.

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I was really enjoying myself but in my heart I was longing to launch TurningPoint.  Now here we are, eighteen months later and I’m ready to start the next stage of my career.

As I look back over the years, it may seem like I led a great life but don’t let my resume fool you. There have been many trials, tribulations and moments filled with so much darkness and despair that I never thought I’d be able to recover. Nothing ever came easily for me.  It’s been a journey of push, shove and numerous disappointments.  But then, isn’t that life?  Do you know anyone who has sailed their way through the ups and downs of every day living without incurring some deep battle scars along the way?

A wise writer once said to look at your own life and “write about what you know”.  I know about change and the turning points in people’s lives.  Whether it’s bringing it upon yourself and changing your life or career, or having events thrust upon you like tragedy and death, I’m living proof that we can all get through the challenges of life and feel good again.  There are so many stories of inspiring change in the world and they need to be told.  My new goal is to empower people with courage, motivation and confidence to make changes in their lives.  What we need is a little inspiration – from each other.  I call it “People Inspiring People” and we’ve created a forum and resource centre for you. Let’s learn from each other, share our stories and inspire everyone to live a life filled with passion and conviction.

Here’s to new beginnings.

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