MEET THE GEM TEAM

LINDA

Executive Director

Linda is a co-founder and Executive Director of GEM since 2013. GEM has been an incredible opportunity and platform for Linda to connect with incredible groups and individuals, engage in issues important to youth in Peel, and contribute to building community. She hopes that her future endeavours continue to reflect her passion for social and environmental justice. One of her favourite quotes is, “Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” Linda graduated from Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School in Brampton and holds a B.A. in International Development from the University of Toronto Scarborough, where she completed a co-op placement with a women’s entrepreneurship program in Matara, Sri Lanka and a thesis on violence against women programs in the region.

NIKITA

Organizational Development Director

Nikita is the Organizational Development Director of GEM and has been involved with this organization since 2013. Nikita is currently pursuing a career in education, completing her Master of Teacher degree at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) - University of Toronto. She is dedicated to providing opportunities for professional development within GEM while supporting its mission to empower young females in the Peel region. Nikita previously completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. Nikita is committed to youth engagement and activism and hopes to continue facilitating opportunities that enable them. Her love for working with youth has led her to become a future high school teacher.

NAZNEEN

Strategic Partnerships & Collaborations Director

Nazneen first joined GEM as a mentor in 2013, and now serves as the Strategic Partnerships & Collaborations Director. She completed her Bachelors of Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University in 2019, and wrote a thesis about Muslim women’s experiences with Islamophobia in Canada. She is currently a student of the Professional Writing and Communications postgraduate program at Humber College. She is actively involved with Climate Justice Peel, and is committed to fostering a community of people passionate about social and environmental justice organizing in Peel. Nazneen has been blessed with many inspiring women in her life who’ve taught her the importance of uplifting and supporting one another. She hopes to continue to challenge the status-quo while searching for better ways of knowing, living and being.

CHIAN

Programs & Initiatives Director

Chian is one of the two Directors for Programs & Initiatives. Chian has been a part of GEM for five years. She has completed her degree in Early Childhood Education at St.Lawrence College. For Chian being a part of GEM has been such an amazing experience and incredible opportunity for her to connect with young girls in the community. She hopes as she grows with GEM that young girls within the community and outside the community will be inspired to fight and stand for what they believe in no matter what it is. Chian feels feminism is needed because we are just as worthy as anyone else, and our voices are just as important. Her favourite quote is, “Be you, Love you. All ways, always"- Alex elle

YASMIN

Programs & Initiatives Director

Yasmin Dini is an undergraduate student studying Global Health at York University with a specialization in E-Health. Her interests lie at the intersection of social justice, healthcare, and technology. Yasmin is heavily involved in grassroots organizing tackling issues such as gender equity, housing, and health promotion with a specific focus on youth empowerment. As a director for Peel Girls Empowerment Movement (Peel GEMS) she is dedicated to filling the institutional gaps and challenging societal norms, while building capacity within the community.

SARAH

Communications & Multimedia Director

Sarah is the Communications & Multimedia Director for GEM. As a graduate of the Media Studies program from the University of Guelph-Humber, Sarah is conscious of how effective the media can be in paving the way for change and giving voices to those who would otherwise not be heard. She is an avid learner and hopes to broaden her knowledge on social issues affecting the present and future generations. She hopes to be part of a n inspirational movement and assist GEM in becoming a passionate organization that aims to empower youth through mentorship and leadership by opening their perspectives and possibilities for growth.

SAMA

Programs & Initiatives Coordinator

Sama Nemat Allah is excited to begin her second year in the Girls Empowerment Movement as a Programs and Initiatives Coordinator. As an impassioned Grade 12 student at Stephen Lewis Secondary School, Sama has always been an active advocate for social and political justice. She believes that through GEMS’ commitment to empathy and equity, we can cultivate an intersectional and anti-oppressive experience for students and youth in Peel. She hopes to use her platform to challenge the system, one that seldom benefits the marginalized, and enact true change in her community and beyond. She is an artist, a writer, and performer and hopes to one day travel the world as an activist and journalist.

CINDIA

Programs & Initiatives Coordinator

Cindia is one of the three Programs and Initiatives Coordinators for Peel GEM this year. She is currently a grade 12 IB student at Turner Fenton S.S. She believes that everyone, including young women, should be provided with the chance to pursue their aspirations. Through being a part of the GEM team, she hopes to connect with inspiring youth in the community. By contributing to the creation of the GEM programs, she wishes to provide young women with opportunities to feel more empowered and to give them a chance to share their thoughts on issues that they are passionate about and feel should be addressed.

NIVRITI

Programs & Initiatives Coordinator

Nivriti is one of three Programs and Initiatives Coordinators for GEM. As a grade 10 student at St. Edmund Campion, Nivriti loves to design and lead programs aimed at women empowerment and GEM is the perfect place for her to be at. She hopes to design programs that help women to feel confident, explore their full potential and beat the social stigmas prevalent around women in the world. Nivriti believes that women must be socially and professionally recognized as equivalent to men. As a student who has received several awards and gotten her poem published in a national anthology, she hopes to encourage, inspire and celebrate women in her community. She feels that women must be given an equal opportunity to pursue the kind of occupation that they want and is herself working towards a career in computer engineering which she feels is dominated by men.

ASHVI

Communications & Multimedia Coordinator

Ashvi is a Communications and Multimedia Coordinator on to her 3rd year at GEM’s. Ashvi believes that any woman has the potential to make a difference in her community and wishes for a world of equality. She hopes to bring awareness and change stigmas around feminism. Ashvi hopes to use her platform and use technology to support other women in her community. Through her role as a Communications and Multimedia Coordinator she hopes to develop content that showcases the positive work done for women in our community via GEMs.  As a 4 time honor roll student and garnerer of several awards, she hopes to provide other women with resources to build up strong and empowered girls throughout Peel. She currently attends Meadowvale S.S and is in Grade 11 working towards a career categorizing under STEAM.

PRASANNA

Communications & Multimedia Coordinator

Prasanna is one of three Communications and Multimedia Coordinators this year. This will be her second year on GEMs! She is currently a Grade 11 IB student at Turner Fenton S.S. This year, Prasanna hopes to explore and learn about the common issues that women face in the community on a day-to-day basis. She hopes to raise awareness about these issues through various social media platforms and GEM’s newsletter. Prasanna is passionate about everything GEM does, she hopes to continue helping this organization in creating leadership and mentorship opportunities for young women in Peel. One of her favourite quotes is “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women, who have her back”.

RAMNEEK

Communications & Multimedia Coordinator

Ramneek is one of the three Communications and Multimedia Coordinators for Peel GEM this year. She is currently a Grade 10 IB student at Harold M. Brathwaite, with interests in STEM. Ramneek hopes to educate herself and others about the current issues women face in society, using her position at GEM. Through these different social media platforms, she also is looking forward to combat certain stigmas surrounding women, especially in the workplace, as that is something she is passionate about. She believes that with adequate awareness, we will be able to make a change for women in our society, and Ramneek is excited to be a part of that change. 

 

JOIN THE GEM TEAM

Applications are currently closed. Please stay connected on our Social Media pages or email us to get updates about joining the 2021-2022 cohort!

~ GEM acknowledges that our work is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation covered by Treaties 14 and 19 ~

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