Announcing our 2016 Nathan Gilbert Youth Innovation Fellows

Posted: February 9th, 2016 at 02:02pm

Herleen Sayal

Herleen has over five years of experience in the non-profit and education sector, and is a certified Ontario High School Teacher with a M.Ed in Social Justice Education from OISE. She has worked and volunteered on various local and international projects with organizations such as United Way, YMCA GTA, Future Possibilities for Kids, World Literacy Canada, York Region District School Board, City of Markham’s Race Relations Committee, and 360 Kids. Most of her work has focused on supporting the social well-being of children and youth who are marginalized and living in priority neighbourhoods.

Herleen grew up in Markham, and has lived in York Region for over 20 years. As a young person living in York Region, she always found herself needing to go to Toronto to seek opportunities for professional and personal development. She is well aware of the creative and innovative opportunities Toronto has to offer to support diverse groups of youth throughout their various stages of life. Her goal is to bring that creative energy and motivation to change policies and processes in York Region’s education system and Municipal Governments, by profiling the voices and needs of youth and young people.



Charlie Wall-Andrews

Charlie Wall-Andrews is a non-profit manager and arts consultant (specializing in arts marketing and revenue development). She is a professional member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and Arts Consultants of Canada (ACCA). In 2013, she was awarded Top 40 Under Forty by NOBA. In 2015, she received a Vital People award from the Toronto Foundation, which recognizes leaders for making outstanding contributions to not-for-profit organizations. She completed her academic studies with distinction at York University in Ethnomusicology.

The Nathan Gilbert Fellowship from the Laidlaw Foundation will enable Charlie to conduct an environmental scan in conjunction with youth and community partners across Ontario. She plans to collaborate with the Ministry of Education to identity how publicly funded institutions across the province can create and/or foster inclusive spaces.

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