The Emerging Leaders Council is a committee
established by KidsAbility Foundation to assist the Foundation staff with supporting
KidsAbility’s mission of empowering children and youth with special needs to
realize their full potential. It aims to engage a new generation of emerging
leaders and philanthropists to undertake an active role in fundraising and promoting
awareness of KidsAbility in new and innovative ways.
The Emerging Leaders Council seeks to provide individuals (18-40) within
the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington County the opportunity to
engage with other emerging leaders, while focusing on a mutual philanthropic
goal. It is a unique way for members to deepen their understanding of and
connection to KidsAbility.We celebrate, value and respect the strength, wisdom and insights that diversity brings. We are actively recruiting new members to the Emerging Leaders Council from diverse backgrounds, abilities and lived experiences. If you are interested in learning more about how to join our Emerging Leaders Council, please contact Bianca Gennaro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emerging Leaders Council Founding Members
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Nicole is a graduate of Conestoga College
and Lakehead University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. After
working in the beauty industry for a number of years, Nicole switched career
paths and has worked in SaaS Sales for the past 5 years. As a Kitchener
native, she has worked at D2L in the education space, then moved onto another
local tech company, Athena Software, where she rooted her passion in social
service, philanthropy and giving back to the community. She has since started
a small home-based business and is involved in a number of community
initiatives, like On The Presence, a self-development program based out of
Guelph and hosts animal welfare fundraisers through her business. This is the
first committee Nicole has been a part of.
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Josie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Business Administration from
the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology
from Western University. She began her volunteer journey with KidsAbility at
the age of seven when she toured the Waterloo facility and instantly became
inspired by the uplifting, “can do” environment. Ever since, she has remained
involved with the organization, serving as a classroom and evening program
volunteer, and as a committee member and fundraising advocate for various
events. More recently, bringing together her passion for healthy cooking and
supporting KidsAbility, she self-published a cookbook called Spilling
the Greens – 100% of the cookbook profits are donated to
KidsAbility. She is excited about this new opportunity to support the
organization’s inspiring mission alongside other young leaders in her
Bio coming soon.
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Kyle is a Portfolio Manager at TD Wealth Private Investment Counsel
focused on serving the Waterloo Region. He holds the Chartered Financial
Analyst (CFA) designation, has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a
major in Finance from Griffith University and a Diploma in Financial Planning
from Fanshawe College. With TD he has
had the opportunity to work with KidsAbility and see the significant impact
they have on the kids they support and the broader community. He is excited
to bring his perspectives and expertise to the KidsAbility Emerging Leaders
Council. Kyle currently lives in
Kitchener with his wife and enjoys golfing and spending time in Haliburton at
their family cottage.
My name is Trent I work at Equitable Life of
Canada in their Documentation Center and have since I graduated from high
school 5 years ago. When I was four, I was diagnosed with Pervasive
Developmental Disorder, also known as PDD, a form of autism. I attended
KidsAbility for speech, physical, and behavioural therapy for a couple of
years before starting school full-time. I'm hoping that by participating in
the emerging leaders council I can help kids benefit from the programs that
I am born and raised
in Waterloo and attended Wilfrid Laurier University where I received my
Bachelors of Business Administration. Through the Laurier Co-op program I
made my way to Toronto where I worked at Disney and Crayola for a collective
five years. I moved back to the region to join the team at Athena Software
where I lead the Sales team for almost seven years. We enabled non-profits
and social services to do more with less through our Case Management Software
platform, Penelope. I have just recently started as the Head of Sales for a
local company called SkyWatch where we aim to democratize satellite imagery
for the world. I have been personally passionate about the work being done at
KidsAbility and have been a consistent volunteer at the weekly Active Start
and FUNdamental groups.
Kristin Kelly is a Marketing Coordinator, Business Development,
Community and Advocacy at the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
and a Social and Content Strategist for EdTech Startup YOURIKA/Orbits. She is
a recent graduate of the Professional Communication Program at Ryerson
University and worked in PR for 2.5 years while participating in extra curriculars
and finishing her full-time studies. In addition, she actively volunteered at
the Children's Book Bank, ROAR Festival, and Kids Ability. Kristin was
recognized for her strong academic achievement and
co-curricular/extra-curricular involvement through receiving the 2020 Ryerson
FCAD Gold Medal, the most prestigious Faculty-wide award offered to
graduating students. In addition, she was a Dean's List recipient for two
years and in high school was awarded the Dr. Mabel Dunham award given to a
female graduate with the highest average. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys
cycling, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family.