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Mission

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.

Purpose

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 bgennaro@kidsability.ca.

 

Emerging Leaders Council Founding Members


Jack


Jack Durdan

Bio coming soon.

 

 

Nicole

Nicole Jabbour

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.

 

Bryton

Bryton Keyes

Bio coming soon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josie

Josie Schwartz

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 community.


rachel

Rachel Wagner

Bio coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 


jenn

Jenn Hill

Bio coming soon. 

kyle

Kyle Mangotic

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. 

 


trent


 Trent Lepage

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 KidsAbility offers. 

jordan

 Jordan Fox

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

Kristin Kelly

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.