Get Involved with GenNext

Drive initiatives to empower youth in our community.

GenNext (formerly Young Leaders Council) empowers our community’s emerging leaders to positively affect change in the lives of youth in Peel Region through volunteerism, idea-sharing, and networking events.

The GenNext council is a group of students and professionals aged 20-35. They are active and emerging leaders working together to promote the engagement of our future leaders in Peel Region.

By getting involved with GenNext initiatives you can make a real difference in the lives of youth.

Here's how:

  • If you’re aged 14-24 and you have an idea for a youth-led, youth-initiated project to address community issues in Peel Region, you can submit an application for the Youth in Action Grant, a one-time grant opportunity for up to $2,000. In 2017, we are offering two grants to youth aged 14-24. Applications for both grants for are now closed.
  • You can attend our annual networking event that will take place in March 2017.
  • You can get on our email list and have exclusive access to all of the latest news, events, and opportunities with GenNext.
  • You can show your commitment to building a caring, connected community by donating to United Way of Peel Region.

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Meet the Council

Jannies Le

Jannies is currently the Program Coordinator at Anduhyaun Indigenous Women Shelter and Transitional Housing. She grew up in Peel Region, and her passion is in creating change through community building. On her off days, Jannies enjoys travelling, animals, and trying different cuisines.

Jasmin Bal

Jasmin is currently a coordinator at the Canadian Red Cross. She joined GenNext to give back and keep youth in the community engaged. Jasmin enjoys travelling and hopes to visit Australia and Iceland in the coming years.

Sashauna Foster

Sashauna Foster has been a resident of Peel Region for over 17 years and currently lives in Brampton. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting at Ryerson University, she gained work experience in forecasting, budgeting, marketing, and event management. In her spare time, Sashauna enjoys yoga and travelling to new places around the world.

Omar Goodgame

Omar is a social worker and a registered real estate professional. He joined GenNext to contribute and connect to the growing landscape of young leaders in the Peel community. Omar believes that the Peel Region has a lot to offer, and hopes to push the envelope on youth leadership across multiple sectors in the Region. He is a huge fan of the Boston Celtics, and his favourite players are Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Daniel Jayasinghe

Daniel is an Experienced Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he specializes in the Financial Services industry. He joined GenNext to make a positive impact in the community. He is an avid cyclist and just completed his first dragon boat season.

Jamelle Lindo

Jamelle is a professional public speaker, internationally certified coach, and training practitioner. He has a genuine passion for people that comes from building authentic relationships for the purpose of personal development as well as community advancement. He runs community workshops, public talks and personal, one-on-one coaching sessions designed to support people in recognizing their own potential for greatness. Jamelle joined GenNext to empower and inspire youth to become the greatest version of themselves.

Jodie Ngan

Jodie is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto where she specializes in Accounting and majors in Economics. She recently completed an internship at General Mills as a Corporate Accountant Intern this past summer. Jodie joined GenNext to give back to her community and make an impact. She has travelled to the beautiful countries of Spain and Portugal.

Theon O’Connor

Theon is the Manager of National Regulatory and Government Affairs at Yorkville University where he works on compliance issues for programs at Yorkville U. He has worked on a number of social justice projects and campaigns, which has led him to get involved with GenNext. In his spare time, Theon enjoys watching his sports teams, Manchester United and San Antonio Spurs, and travelling with his wife.

Aastha Sahni

Aastha works at a startup firm in Oakville within the health and wellness industry. She manages operations and loves that she gets to constantly learn on the job. With an educational background in developmental psychology and a goal to break the stereotypes around mental health, her involvement with GenNext began in 2016. She enjoys yoga as well as long walks by the lake with her three-year-old dog, Coco.

2017 COUNCIL

Chair: Jannies Le

Executive Members

  • Jasmin Bal
  • Sashauna Foster
  • Omar Goodgame
  • Daniel Jayasinghe
  • Jamelle Lindo
  • Jodie Ngan
  • Theon O’Connor
  • Aastha Sahni
  • Nabeel Syed

United Way of Peel Region