MEET THE GEM TEAM

LINDA

Executive Director

Linda has been a co-founder and Executive Director of GEM since 2013. GEM has been an empowering opportunity for Linda to work alongside youth who are passionate about creating lasting changes and safer spaces for youth of diverse backgrounds in their community. 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. In her spare time, Linda loves to knit, curl up with a good cup of tea or binge-listen to podcasts.

NIKITA

Organizational Development Director

Nikita is the Organizational Development Director of GEM and has been involved with this organization since 2013. 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 BS.c majoring in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University and Master of Teaching from OISE - University of Toronto. Nikita is committed to youth engagement and equity and hopes to continue facilitating opportunities that enable them. Her love for working with youth has led her to become a high school teacher.

LOVEPREET

Organizational Development Director

Lovepreet is one of the two Organizational Development Directors and this is her first year in this role and with GEM. She is currently studying for the GRE and preparing her application to MBA programs along with searching for full-time opportunities. She completed her undergraduate degree with distinction in Neuroscience and Psychology and looks forward to bringing her unique perspective into the world of business design and marketing. She is passionate about many things in life including, human rights, access to education,  and female empowerment which is why she joined the GEM team this year. She wants to use this opportunity to work with GEM to gain more experience working in non-profit organizations that empower females and cultivate an inclusive environment for everyone. Most importantly, she hopes to make an impact on the youth in Peel and help them have access to information that was not available to her when she was a teenager. 

CHIAN

Programs & Initiatives Director

Chian is one of the two Directors for Programs and 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.

SUPRIA

Multimedia & Communications Director

Supria is the Multimedia & Communications Director and this is her first year on GEM. She graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and also holds certificates in Public Relations and Government Relations from UofT and Seneca College, respectively. As someone who has lived and worked in Peel Region, Supria is passionate about issues such as affordable housing, youth votership, and women’s representation in politics. She is thrilled to be a part of GEM, as it continues to provide an empowering space for youth in Peel Region to develop their skills and build lifelong connections in the community. She is reminded of Elle Woods’ words, “it is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world.”

ALEEZA

Multimedia & Communications Director

Aleeza Arshad is beyond ecstatic to begin her first year as Multimedia and Communications Director at Girls Empowerment Movement! She is currently an empowered first year Medical Sciences student at Western University, and is continually looking for ways to bring about change in her community. Aleeza has been an advocate for women empowerment in STEM and is passionate about addressing inequalities in medicine. She strives to use her platform to challenge the ‘status quo’, inspire others, and create a system that acts to benefit and support the marginalized. Aleeza is grateful to be a part of GEM and to be given a platform for women to support each other and build everlasting connections and friendships.

NAZNEEN

Community Collaborations & Advocacy Director

Nazneen first joined GEM as a mentor in 2013 and now serves as the Co-Director of Community Collaborations and Advocacy. She completed her Bachelors of Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University in 2019 where she wrote a thesis on Muslim women’s experiences with Islamophobia in Canada. She also recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Professional Writing and Communications at Humber College. She is committed to fostering a community of people passionate about social and environmental justice liberation 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 many ways of knowing, living and becoming. 

KAMINDA

Community Collaborations & Advocacy Director

Kaminda is a Zambian-born equity advocate and a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier’s Public Health program (Honours). She focused her studies on the relationship between race and health and developed an undergraduate thesis reporting on the prevalence of HIV amongst African, Caribbean, and Black women in Ontario.

MAHNOOR

Organizational Development Coordinator

Mahnoor Moin is one of the two Organizational Development Coordinator and is very excited to start her journey with GEM this year. She is currently a Grade 12 student at Stephen Lewis Secondary School and plans to continue onto post-secondary education in the sciences. She is passionate about the role that women and the LGTBQ+ community play in the arts and science and how their influence is different than the rest. She is thrilled to be able to make small differences in her community and continues to research the issues that revolve around women in STEAM. Mahnoor hopes to use her position in GEM to learn and experience more, hopes to educate others, build new relationships and continue to support the women in her community!

YUMNA

Organizational Development Coordinator

Yumna Khan is one of the Organizational Development Coordinator. Yumna is currently a Grade 11 student at Rick Hansen Secondary School. It is her first year working with GEM, and looks forward to new learning experiences, and utilizing her skills. Yumna is interested in Social Sciences, and psych courses, and hopes to further educate herself in Social Sciences.Through GEM, she hopes to use her knowledge and experience to better herself personally, and professionally, and to be able to make a difference in others' lives.

MAIRA

 Programs & Initiatives Coordinator

Maira Salman is currently a grade 11 student at Rick Hansen Secondary School, and this is her first year with GEM. She is one of the coordinators for the 'Programs and Initiatives' team. Maira's favourite subjects are all related to the social sciences, making her passionate about the work at GEM. Maira hopes to just learn, absorb, and contribute during her time at GEM.

 

SHERIN

Programs & Initiatives Coordinator

Sherin is currently a first-year coordinator on the Programs and Initiatives Team at GEM. She is a Grade 11 Student at St. Edmund Campion Secondary School, and has been born and raised in the Peel Region. She is excited and grateful to be able to work alongside GEM this year, to help bring their visions to life and discover ways in which she can incorporate the GEM mission of empathy and collaboration into her own life. Over the years, she has realized that social issues play a significant part in everyday life, and that equipping individuals with opportunities to learn about such topics is essential for creating a more equitable world for all people. As such, she is extremely proud to be able to contribute to the GEM team this year and play her part in actively working towards a kinder, inclusive community. Outside of GEM, you can find her writing in her journal, learning about STEAM and doing anything related to music.

NIVRITI

Programs & Initiatives Coordinator

Nivriti is one of three Programs and Initiatives Coordinators and this will be her second year with GEMs!. As a grade 11 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. 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

Multimedia & Communications Coordinator

Ashvi is a Communications and Multimedia Coordinator on her 4th  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, 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 12 working towards a career categorizing under STEAM.

RAMNEEK

Multimedia & Communications Coordinator

LOHENY

Multimedia & Communications Coordinator

PRASANNA

Community Collaborations & Advocacy Coordinator

Ramneek is one of the three Communications and Multimedia Coordinators for Peel GEM this year. She is currently a Grade 11 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 different social media platforms, she is looking forward to combat certain stigmas surrounding women, especially in the workplace. 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.

Loheny is very excited to be returning to work with GEM’s as a Multimedia Coordinator this year. Loheny believes that everyone should be treated equally no matter how they identify, and wants everyone to be able to express themselves freely without the fear or thought that they will be judged. She was born to first-generation Canadian parents, who had immigrated here from the civil war in Sri Lanka. Despite being born in a “privileged” country, she has seen racism and prejudice against POC firsthand. Which is what motivates her to be an advocate and voice the concerns of people’s who’s voice may not be heard. She is also a big advocate about environmental issues such as climate change, and is a strong believer that action should be taken now. She hopes that the experiences and opportunities with working at GEM’s will allow her to create an inclusive space where everyone can feel safe, and educate others about the effects of climate change, in an effort to raise awareness. She attends Meadowvale S.S, and is in grade 12 in the IBT program, and hopes to pursue a career in science in the future.

Prasanna is one of two Community Collaborations & Advocacy Coordinators this year. This will be her third year on GEMs! She is currently a Grade 12 IB student at Turner Fenton. This year, Prasanna hopes to explore the common issues that women face in the community on a day-to-day basis and how COVID-19 has impacted them. She hopes to raise awareness about these issues through mediums such as the GEM Corner blog articles. 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.

ASHNOOR

Community Collaborations & Advocacy Coordinator

Ashnoor is one of two Community Collaborations & Advocacy Coordinators and this is her first year. She is currently a grade 11 student at St. Edmund Campion secondary school and believes that social justice issues such as women empowerment are essential topics that should be discussed and brought awareness. She has started a girl empowerment club at school to spread awareness and help the girls at her school gain confidence. She appreciates the opportunity to work with GEM and is eager to help bring the vision of equitable access to opportunities for youth. She hopes to use this opportunity to encourage the women in her community and get inspired by the great mentors that she meets.

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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