LIST OF NOMINEES FOR JDCF FUTURE LEADERS EXECUTIVE 2012-2014

DIRECTOR FUTURE LEADERS/PRESIDENT POSITION NOMINEE - Lennox Richards Born August 7th, 1986 in Spanish Town, Jamaica. Lennox comes from a very ambitious family that wanted the next generation to prosper. Lennox moved to Canada at 4yrs old but frequently attended Jamaica to visit his mother whom still resides there. Lennox has graduated Durham College with a diploma in Legal Administration. He went on to graduate from (UOIT) University of Ontario Institute of Technology with a Degree in Criminology. During his stay at both post-secondary institutions he was briefly President of CASA (Caribbean African Student Association). During his reign as President CASA raised the most amount of $10.000, and had many events giving back to the community. Lennox was also a manager of the Colleges Men’s Basketball team. Lennox now works mentoring youth in a Open Custody Facility as well youth transitioning to live on their own. NOMINEE – Andre Moulton Born and raised in Jamaica, Andre attended Macalester College in Minnesota before eventually studying law at the William Mitchell College of Law, also in Minnesota. He was called to the Minnesota Bar in December, 2011. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada where his goal is to be called to the Ontario Bar by the Law Society of Upper Canada. As an advocate for a borderless Jamaica, Andre cofounded JaMinn Link, a young professional’s diaspora group in Minnesota and currently sits on their board. Spurred by JaMinn’s ethos, he is always Jaminn for a cause in Jamaica.

DIRECTOR FUTURE LEADERS/PRESIDENT POSITION CONT’D NOMINEE – Odene Anderson

DEPUTY DIRECTOR FUTURE LEADERS/VICE PRESIDENT POSITION NOMINEE – Keneesh McKenzie Link to Jamaica: Jamaican by birth Keneesh McKenzie is an experienced and passionate community builder. In her youth she was taught the importance of involvement, being a positive role model and supporting others. Her leadership skills were put to use starting in highschool as she held the position of Vice-President of AfriCanada at Clarkson Secondary. This ignited her interest in cultural groups, which ultimately led her to the position of President of the Association of Black Students at Wilfrid Laurier University. There, she led over 40 members into a successful year while promoting change and awareness within the Waterloo Region.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR FUTURE LEADERS/VICE PRESIDENT POSITION NOMINEE – Latoya Thompson I am a 4th year Political Science Student at York University, a college graduate and an aspiring human rights lawyer. Having been born in Jamaica and then migrating to Canada at the age of 5, I am grateful for the many opportunities that have been afforded to me. Making a significant impact on my community both in Canada and Jamaica is integral to me. As such, I volunteer as a teacher for a notfor-profit organization that assists young adults to attain their G.E.D. I believe my nomination as Vice President will enable me to aid Jamaica in immeasurable ways.

GENERAL SECRETARY (UNCONTESTED) POSITION NOMINEE – Krista Jennings Born and raised in Jamaica and migrating to Canada as a teenager has been instrumental in shaping me as young person. As such I would like to work with the diaspora to help Jamaica and strengthen the networks within the Canadian diaspora. I am passionate about helping Jamaica, I am highly knowledgeable and passionate on Jamaican culture and it’s impact on the Canadian diaspora. Being apart of the JDCF-FL since the fall of 2009 has heightened my commitment as a Jamaican living in Canada. I have previously held the office of Secretary with the JDCF- Future Leaders- where I was apart of the team hosting JEL Thursday and managing social media. I believe I am strongly competent in all the duties and responsibilities that office of Secretary holds. I am highly committed and determined to continue the work the JDCF-FL has started. TREASURER (VACANT) POSITION DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MEMBERSHIP (UNCONTESTED) NOMINEE - Nicole Stewart Nicole Stewart was born in Jamaica and migrated to Canada at the age of eight. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She is an engaged and active community leader. Nicole has been a member of the Jamaica Diaspora – Canada Foundation (JDCF) since 2009. As a Future Leader, the youth arm of the JDCF, she attended and sat on the planning committees for the Future Leaders caucuses of the Diaspora conferences in 2009 and 2011. She has collaborated with the Consulate General of Jamaica’s office to organize quarterly youth forums entitled Emerging Leaders Network and JEL (Jamaican Emerging Leaders) Mixers. Nicole sits on the executive planning team for Jam 4 Jamaica; an annual event that raises scholarships for Jamaican students. She is also a member of Jamaica50’s 4WD committee. Nicole looks forward to working with the JDCF FL to actively engage the Jamaican Diaspora and make the welfare of our upcoming generation a great success.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATION POSITION NOMINEE – Juline Sutton Juline Sutton founded HOPE to create more access to education for children in the Caribbean. She believes as said by Eric Williams "education is emancipation". Juline is currently a student at the University of Toronto, majoring in Caribbean Studies with a minor in history and English. Her main focus is education, in hopes of becoming a teacher. There are many children living in communities dominated by violence, and due to barriers in the workforce parents are neither able to send their children to school nor provide sufficient childcare. This creates major issues in the Jamaican community, so with the help of our Canadian communities she would like to provide students with the opportunity to grow and develop. Her goal is to make HOPE a part of that change. She deeply wants to break down the many barriers children face to receive adequate education. HOPE is designed to lift these barriers and give our children a fair chance at receiving the education they rightfully deserve. DEPUTY OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR POSITION NOMINEE – Keneesh McKenzie Link to Jamaica: Jamaican by birth Keneesh McKenzie is an experienced and passionate community builder. In her youth she was taught the importance of involvement, being a positive role model and supporting others. Her leadership skills were put to use starting in highschool as she held the position of Vice-President of AfriCanada at Clarkson Secondary. This ignited her interest in cultural groups, which ultimately led her to the position of President of the Association of Black Students at Wilfrid Laurier University. There, she led over 40 members into a successful year while promoting change and awareness within the Waterloo Region.

DEPUTY DIRECT, FUNDRAISING AND SPECIAL EVENT (UNCONTESTED) POSITION NOMINEE – MARSHA-GAYE KNIGHT Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica where her abilities for leadership and track and field were nurtured at the St. Andrew High School for Girls. Marsha-Gaye attained a full athletic scholarship to the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota and made a name for herself as a hurdler and sprinter for the Lady Marauders. Being the only Jamaican at the university for four years and achieved titles such as: Most Valuable Player Indoor/Outdoor seasons, Bismarck Quarterback Club Certificate of Merit, Track and Field Team Captain, Student Body President, Homecoming Queen, Dancer for the NBA D-League Dakota Wizards and two time State Champion with Delta Epislon Chi just to name a few. Graduating with a BSc. in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a Pre-Law concentration and minor in Public Relations, Marsha-Gaye had originally aspired to be a Sports Attorney. Returning to Toronto after graduation Marsha-Gaye’s passion for sports and events brought about a career change. She subsequently enrolled at George Brown College and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Event Marketing and graduated on Honor Roll. Currently, Marsha-Gaye works in the sports and event marketing industry and enjoys being able to organize and execute various events across the country. She also volunteers with Athletics Ontario as a track and field official. In her free time she enjoys dancing, reading, travelling and exploring the vast entertainment opportunities in the city. Marsha-Gaye is a proud Jamaican with a great passion for getting involved and being able to utilize the talents that she has been given to make a difference and leave a positive mark. Marsha-Gaye is an enthusiastic member of Jump 4 JA and sits on the Communication, Marketing and Sponsorship committee as well as the youth arm 4WD she brings with her a background in outreach, sports and events. She also volunteers as an official with Athletics Ontario and offers her knowledge and expertise with community high schools as hurdles coach during the school year.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR FUTURE LEADERS POLICY (UNCONTESTED) POSITION
NOMINEE - Yanique Williams

Born in Jamaica, Yanique has been very active within Toronto's Jamaican Diaspora and the Toronto Community at large. As a member of the JDCF Future Leaders since 2008, Yanique has participated in the 2008 and 2011 Biennial Jamaican Diaspora Conventions, and she actively assisted in the organising of the 2009 Global Future Leadership Conference held in Jamaica. In Toronto she has served on the organising teams for the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) and the Jamaican Emerging Leaders (JEL) networking events. In 2009 she was a protégée in the Toronto Regional Champion Campaign where she received mentorship and coaching from one of Toronto's female City Councillors. During that year she also sat on the Harry Jerome Awards' organising committee as the Volunteer Coordinator. Currently, she sits on the Jamaican Canadian Association's Public Policy Advisory Committee and is the Secretary on the Board of Directors for Julliette's Place (Homeward Family Shelter), her community’s local woman’s shelter. In 2008, She graduated from Queen's University with a B.A. Hons. in Political Science and Philosophy. She is currently studying at York University's Glendon College where she is pursuing a bilingual Master's in Public and International Affairs. Yanique has also previously worked at OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants) and is currently Interning for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation as a policy advisor. Yanique enjoys being active with community initiatives as it provides an outlet for her to give back to the community and various organisations that have supported her along her journey. REGIONAL DIRECTOR GTA ONTARIO POSITION NOMINEE – JULINE SUTTON NOMINEE – NATALIE HANSON

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