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GenNext Cabinet

Lead Ambassadors

Nastassia McNair 

N.McNairI am a recent graduate of Lakehead University’s Master of Public Health program and I also hold an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Major in French from the University of Western Ontario. I am currently working as a Health and Wellness Assistant for New Day Wellness and through my participation in United Way’s GenNext Cabinet, I hope to become more involved with the community and encourage volunteerism among other young adults.

Jessica Penteris

J.PenterisI am an Advertising Account Manager with Sudbury Living Magazine Group and Northern Life Newspaper. I have acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, a Diploma in Public Relations, and a Graduate Certificate in Advertising. My goal with GenNext is to promote awareness and encourage other young professionals to get involved with United Way through giving and volunteering.

Cabinet Members

Kyle Bensley

K.BensleyI am an Employment Consultant for Student Services at the YMCA Employment Services. I am a recent graduate of the Social Service Worker program at Cambrian College, and am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Social Work at Laurentian University. I became interested in joining GenNext as I understand the rewards and impact of community involvement. As a secondary school student I was a recipient of the 2014 Ontario Volunteer Service Award, for my work with the Youth Arts Initiative in North Bay. Since then, I have been continuing my focus in social services, and community development in the Greater Sudbury and Nipissing districts.

Andrew Hunter

A.HunterI work in communications for the City of Greater Sudbury. In my free time, I enjoy hosting photography workshops at the Greater Sudbury Public Library, eating large amounts of tacos, and rattling off strings of puns. I hold a postgrad certificate in public relations, a master’s degree in history, and a bachelor’s degree in English and history. The GenNext program will give me an opportunity to help make a difference in Sudbury, meet new people, and develop my skills.

Amy Gagnon 

A.GagnonI am a recent graduate of the Commerce program at Laurentian University, and now work as an Investment and Retirement Advisor for the Caisse populaire Vermillon. Not only do I love helping people with their finances, I also wanted to broaden my network to be able to help people in all types of areas, and that is the reason I decided to join GenNext. I believe that we can make a difference with each single action that we take and in doing so, we can build a stronger and better community, and if we can have fun while doing it, why not?

Nick Kutchtaruk

N.KuchtarukI am an Articling Student with Weaver, Simmons LLP, the largest full-service law firm in Northeastern Ontario. I will be practicing Corporate and Commercial Law following my articles. I graduated from Western University with an Honors Business Administration (HBA) degree from the Ivey Business School and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the Faculty of Law. I am involved with GenNext in order to make Northern Ontario a better place. I enjoy working with individuals who are passionate about community development and volunteering.

Joshua Osika 

J.OsikaI am a graduate of the Economics MA program at the University of Waterloo. I completed my undergraduate program, as well as a graduate diploma in Science Communication, at Laurentian University. I currently work as a research assistant with the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research. I’m working with GenNext to get involved in my community and encourage others to do the same.

Katrina Pisani

K.PisaniI am a Research Assistant at Science North, focusing on visitor engagement and experiences. I have a BA Honours degree in Psychology and an MSc in Mental Health. I decided to be a part of GenNext to get involved with my community, have fun and meet new people. I want to engage other young adults and spread awareness for the United Way and all the amazing things this organization does for our community.

Emily Reade

E.ReadeOriginally from Ottawa, I moved to Sudbury a few years ago. In Ottawa, I earned a pharmacy technician diploma and worked full-time in pharmacy. Since living here, I have been branching out and trying new things, such as volunteering for the United Way, participating in the Day of Caring, joining the board of NESPN (North East Suicide Prevention Network) and participating in community activities. I love living here in Sudbury and enjoy being actively involved in this community!

Jessica Savage 

J.SavageI have acquired a BA Honours degree in Psychology, a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health and am currently completing my MA in Counselling Psychology. Having recently returned to Sudbury, I decided to become a part of GenNext as a way to re-engage with my community, promote awareness and learn from all individuals who make Sudbury the city it is. I hope to encourage other young professionals to share their passion for helping others and continue to strive for positive community development and social action.

Sebastian Shushan 

S.ShushanI am studying business at Laurentian University. One day I will be the CEO of a company that moves the world in a positive direction. I am grateful that there are opportunities like GenNext and the Young Leaders on Board Program through United Way Centraide which foster the growth and development of aspiring leaders.

Maxine Vincent

M.VincentI am an employee at Laurentian University in the Treasury department. Prior to that I was a student in Commerce where I specialized in Human Resources and Accounting. My passions include reading, traveling, and anything involving the outdoors. I'm constantly looking for opportunities, such as GenNext, to meet new people, give back to the community and to learn new things because I think it's important for personal growth.

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