life after high school

2nd Annual Life After High School Panel

2nd Annual Life After High School Panel

The Life After High School 101 Panel is dedicated to providing insight to graduating high school students from York Region. Students will have an opportunity to listen and network with our expert group of panelists – also from York Region! Each of our panelists have found their "right path" after encountering their own successes and challenges. Now, our panelists will be passing on their words of wisdom, as well as tips and tricks of thriving and surviving after high school!

Life After High School 2017

Meet Our Panelists

Marny Florence, 23

Professional Dancer & New Friend

Marny is a professional dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, event assistant, and brand ambassador from Thornhill, ON. 

From starring in Alessia Cara's "Scars to your Beautiful" music video, to being a Toronto Rock cheerleader, to a destination Zumba instructor, to a magician's assistant, Marny is always involved in new, interesting and exciting opportunities. She strongly encourages others to pursue their goals, believe in their potential and make the most out of each day. She loves meeting and connecting with new people wherever she goes; learning from each individual's story.

Brennan Wong, 19

Social Innovator & Bubble Tea Enthusiast

Brennan is a student, social activist, and the founder of Pledges for Change. He has served in consulting and advisory roles for various organizations, including Pearson Education, WE Movement, and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

He is currently a summer intern at the Ontario Medical Association, and has previously worked at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and Me to We. This summer, he will be representing Canada at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit in Berlin.

Tom Ross, 25

Cleantech Entrepreneur focused on agriculture

Tom's entrepreneurial journey began in 2014. He was a finalist in the Ignite Durham pitch competition and realized he could become the sales arm for a fuel-saving, pollution reduction device that he helped bring to the market. Tom has since sold that business and started new projects in the agricultural sector.

Tom loves working with up-and-coming technologies and like-minded people. Tom is a student at UOIT in the Energy Systems Engineering Program and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the East Gwillimbury's Chamber of Commerce.

Henry He, 20

Student Researcher

Henry is a second year Medical Science student at Western University with a passion for scientific research. He has been working in a medical biophysics lab at the Shulich School of Medicine & Dentistry on his own projects. 

Henry likes to code as a hobby and believes technology can help people. Currently, he is developing an algorithm to track individual red blood cells. The data he gathers from this can be used to calculate other vital processes in the human body.  He is also developing a bioinformatics web app that predicts likely locations of short recurring patterns in DNA. 

Sarah Alexander, 27

Travel Designer Extraordinaire!

Sarah successfully completed a Tourism Management program at Humber College and now works at Tully Luxury Travel. She started at Carleton University, but realized the program wasn’t the right fit. She returned home and researched a new path to follow and found the Tourism Industry, which turned out to be the perfect fit for her skills!

Sarah believes that everyone should explore what makes them happy, have adventures, and keep learning and growing as a person. You don’t have to have everything figured out right now. She had to change paths, but now loves what she’s doing!

Andrek Satkunarajah, 26

Analytical, Adaptable, Driven, Resourceful Associate

Andrek is a  driven and passionate Administrative and Marketing associate at Assante Capital Management Ltd. After completing his degree at Ryerson, Andrek continued his interest in the financial industry by completing the CSC and LLQP.

Currently, he is the Sergeant at Arms of the Richmond Hill Toastmaster Club. He has  coordinated the last 4 'Joy of Aging’ events  which collectively raised $240,000 for the Mackenzie Health Foundation. During his downtime, Andrek enjoys coaching and playing basketball, reading, fitness training, and creating his own podcast channel.

Alisha Martins, 22

Communications Professional

Having lived in Spain and France, Alisha has a strong international background and can communicate proficiently in four languages. Alisha spent six years working as a Client Relations Manager for Cambridge Chiropractic Centre, four months as a PR intern at High Notes Avante Productions Inc., and now works for the ALS Society of Canada. She is a recent graduate of the Seneca College Public Relations program.

An avid traveller, Alisha is a daredevil who won’t hesitate to jump off a cliff, climb a (small) mountain, or try sheep organs (a.k.a Haggis)!

Taki Wong, 18


Taki is an Honours Kinesiology student at McMaster University. This past year, Taki made it his goal to become as involved as possible while balancing his school and social life at the same time.

Taki was the first-year Kinesiology representative, a Welcome Week representative, a member on the elections committee of the McMaster Student Union, and an active member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

He is honoured to hold these roles and is looking forward to diversifying his portfolio and taking it to the next level when he returns to school in the fall.

Mariette Lee, 26

Panel Moderator

Mariette believes in bettering the world with grace and pizzazz. As part of her mission to become a socially-conscious citizen, Mariette engages youth in York Region through  volunteering.

A Masters student in Counselling Psychology, Mariette aspires to work with youth and young adults who may be struggling during the critical periods of their lives, and empower them to be their best selves every day. Mariette is thrilled to host the 2nd annual Life After High School Panel, and hopes it will inspire and encourage youth in their pursuits and connections.

Register to attend the panel now!

Pre-register by June 1st and pay $3 at the door. Or just show up at pay $5 at the door.

All high school students and parents are welcome to attend!

Event Time

Friday, June 2nd, 2017
Doors Open: 6:30 PM.
The panel will run from 7 PM to 9 PM.

Richmond Hill Art School

10271 Yonge Street, Unit 205

This is the gray building on the southeast corner of Yonge & Dunlop. The space you're looking for is on the second floor. Look for the big RED doors and you're there! The closest YRT bus stop is at Yonge & Dunlop. Parking is available at the back of the building, and on the streets.


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