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Our People

Co-Founders

Mariette Lee

Mariette Lee
Co-Founder

A lover of swords, writing, music, reading, travel, long hikes, and epic snowball fights, Mariette believes in bettering the world with grace and pizzazz. As part of her mission to become a socially-conscious citizen, Mariette engages her community in volunteerism, leadership, and social action via her role as the Youth Mentor of We Can Change the World Day.

A counsellor-in-training, Mariette aspires to work with youth and young adults who may be struggling during the critical periods of their lives, and guide them to be their best selves every day. As a person with lived experience, Mariette believes having consistent support makes all the difference; when someone reaches out, it empowers others to reach back.

Motivated by her love for mental health advocacy, youth engagement, and wellness, Mariette co-founded Gap-Gen (with her Partner-in-Change, Heather Skoll) and designs programs to inspire and encourage youth in their ideas, pursuits, and connections. Through this, she hopes to foster a culture of shameless idealism, compassion, and growth.

heather skoll

Heather Skoll
Co-Founder

Heather Skoll is forever young at heart. She believes in the power of youth to create change and is passionate about youth and young adults gaining the skills that they need to be empowered to make the world the best that it can be. Heather is the Creative Director of LifeNotes Wisdom, sharing inspiration to make life a more peaceful experience. Heather is a public speaker, a distinguished Toastmaster, Certified Kripalu yoga teacher, Certified Rubenfeld Synergist, creator of the “Speak Up” public speaking program for children, and author of the handbook “Ground Your Feet”.

Heather is also the Founder of We Can Change the World Day, engaging youth in York Region in volunteerism, leadership, and social action while raising funds through WE.org and Free the Children’s WE Villages. It was through conversations with the many youth volunteers that Heather realized that there were common concerns and stresses. Heather wanted to positively effect these challenges and the first steps on the road towards creating Gap-Gen were taken along with Mariette Lee.

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Lea Tzembelicos
Phase 1 Development Team

Bio

Lea is a social entrepreneur inspired by health, wellness and community. A healthy mindset mentor and life transformation coach, she is dedicated to empowering young women to step into their greatness and achieve a life by design, not by default. With a background in communications, she has specialized in PR, branding and social media strategy, collaborating along her journey with grassroots non-profits and most recently has contributed to the development of two start-ups.

As an avid fitness, nutrition, wellness and travel advocate, Lea’s vision is to build a lasting legacy through her contributions to community development utilizing these pillars. To recharge her battery, you can find Lea in nature, engaged in deep talks, travelling, making music or dancing.

Why do you think Gap-Gen is relevant to today’s youth?

Navigating transitional challenges as a blossoming young adult is no easy feat. With the rise of social media, decline of job security and more youth than ever with degrees but no jobs, Gap-Gen is a necessary “hand up” to give youth the foresight and mentorship they need to discover their career and life path.

My time with Gap-Gen helped clarify my path of self-discovery, invigorated my passion for entrepreneurism, and gave me the opportunity and culture to develop my ideas to fruition. I learned how to identify where I’m surviving and where I’m thriving in the “gap”, which equipped me to better navigate challenges in my career and life.

heather skoll

Taki Wong
Youth Project Consultant

Bio

Taki Wong is an 18 year old undergraduate student at McMaster university currently studying Honours Kinesiology. He is the co-founder of Nexui, the McMaster Kinesiology first year representative, and a part time lifeguard, swim instructor, and assistant financial advisor. His love for networking and athletics began at a young age as a boy with various medical conditions including heart murmur and asthma. He was introduced to aquatics, a sport that changed his life, for the next ten years he gained the strength, skills, and most importantly the support that he needed to push forward. Taki looks to shares his story with as many youths as possible in hopes of inspiring the next generation to work hard and tackle all barriers.

Why do you think Gap-Gen is relevant to today’s youth?

My involvement with Gap-Gen allowed me to share my experiences and thoughts with others as well as engage in a platform dedicated to improving the next generation of young professionals and changemakers.

heather skoll

Justin Li
Youth Project Consultant

Bio

Justin Li is a 17 year old student studying at Western University. As part of a dream to make the world a little bit better, he is the President of Nexui, an organization that strives to connect youth with mentors who can guide and educate them in terms of future career paths. He has travelled to Kenya to mentor teachers and students, and is an advocate against sex trafficking and slavery, volunteering time for International Justice Mission Canada. On his spare time, Justin loves writing and recording music, or playing baseball when he is not streaming it on his laptop.