CPC Youth Committee Members

 

For the current term, 2016-2018, committee members are comprised of the following individuals:

 

Natalia Kusendova, Youth Committee Chair

Natalia Kusendova

Organizations:

  • Vice-Chair, ‘Quo Vadis 2017: Nowa Fala’ Conference (Burlington, ON)
  • Senior Advisor, PISK (Polish Students’ Initiative of Canada)
  • Director, KPK (Canadian Polish Congress)
  • Board of Directors, The Polish Combatants’ Association Branch 20
  • Polish Students’ Association – University of Toronto
  • ZHR Polish Scouts of Canada
  • Co-Chair,  ‘Quo Vadis III: Tools for Success’ (Toronto, ON)

Education:

  • BSc – Bachelor of Science – Human and Molecular Biology (University of Toronto, 2012)
  • BSc – Bachelor of Science – Nursing, Scholar Practitioner Program (Nipissing University, 2016)

Profession: Nursing

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Favourite Quote: Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. –Benjamin Franklin

About: Natalia graduated from the University of Toronto in 2012 with a BSc in Human and Molecular Biology. After a few years of working in the corporate environment, she decided to pursue her passion for health care and enrolled in an accelerate BSc in Nursing, Scholar Practitioner Program at Nipissing University, from which she graduated in 2016. She currently works as a Registered Nurse at the Etobicoke General Hospital Emergency Department. Natalia is excited to immerse herself in her nursing career. She wants to dedicate her life to the service of others, by providing ethical, compassionate and professional nursing care. She believes that the role of nurses is not only as primary care providers at the bedside or in the community, but also as strong patient advocates and health policy co-creators.

Natalia’s dream is to participate in the shaping, transformation and improvement of Ontario’s health care system through advocacy and involvement in policy and politics. She serves as an Outreach Advisor to Patrick Brown, Leader of Ontario’s Official Opposition. She is also a member of the PC Health Care Policy Advisory Council where she is working together with other health care professionals on proposing innovative, true and tested solutions to the current health care challenges. She is also a Policy and Political Action Executive Nursing Office for the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), Peel Chapter, where she advocates for nursing and health issues to the different levels of government.

She believes that strong communities and future leaders are created through civic engagement and mentorship. She is very passionate about her Polish roots and has volunteered for many Polonia organizations over the years. Currently, she is a Director at the Canadian Polish Congress National Head Executive Board where she is focusing on youth engagement, mentorship and fundraising. She also volunteers her time for our honoured Veterans at Polish Combatants’ Association, Branch 20. She believes that in order to carve a path and a future for oneself, a young person must be aware of their ancestral history and their cultural heritage. She is tremendously grateful to all Veterans and senior community leaders for their sacrifices, their incredible work ethic and their willingness to share with the younger generations.

She welcomes all opportunities to chat about nursing, health, Polonia or politics.

 

Andrew Dabrowski

Andrew Dabrowski

Organizations:

  • Program Director, ‘Quo Vadis 2017: Nowa Fala’ Conference (Burlington, ON)
  • Executive Member, PISK (Polish Students’ Initiative of Canada)
  • Board Member, KPK
  • Member, SPK
  • Światowe Igrzyska Polonijne – Team Canada

Education:

  • M.Sc.Ed – Masters of Science in Education (Niagara University, 2006)
  • O.C.T. – Ontario College of Teacher’s Certification (Niagara University, 2006)
  • B.Sc – Bachelor of Science – Psychology and Religious Studies, minor in Philosophy (University of Toronto, 2004)

Profession: Real estate agent and high school teacher.

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Favourite Quote: If you build it, they will come. –Field of Dreams

About: Andrew’s family left Poland due to communism and the Chernobyl disaster. After settling in Mississauga, Andrew had a difficult time adjusting to Canadian culture. Upon entering high school, Andrew was pleasantly surprised to find a large Polish community who supported one another and shared pride in their heritage.

The Polish culture has shaped Andrew’s identity and given him a sense of purpose and belonging. From church groups to university Polish clubs and athletic associations, he’s taken on leadership roles and assisted with organizing events. Being involved in such organizations has allowed him to connect with people, keep his culture and values alive, as well as to celebrate who we are as Polish Canadians. Andrew’s not only proud to be Polish, but also happy to be part of this wonderful community. He labours to give back to the groups that have provided such joy in his life. He does this through mentoring students, coaching, teaching. leading conferences such as ISKRA, Quo Vadis, and inspiring today’s youth.

 

Mike Kustra

Mike Kustra

Organizations: 

  • Accommodations Director, ‘Quo Vadis 2017: Nowa Fala’ Conference (Burlington, ON)
  • President, PISK (Polish Students’ Initiative of Canada)
  • Director, KPK (Canadian Polish Congress)
  • Kujawiacy: Polish Song & Dance Ensemble

Education:

  • Ba.Tech – Bachelor of Applied Technology, Architecture, Project and Facility Management (Conestoga College, 2014)
  • M.Eng – Masters of Engineering – Civil Engineering – Specialized in Cities Engineering and Management (University of Toronto, 2015)

Profession: Construction Project and Facility Management
Project Coordinator – EllisDon Corporation

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Favourite Quote: Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. –Norman Vincent Peale

About: After his mother and father left communist Poland in the early 90’s, Mike became the first of his family to be born in Toronto. Growing up within an extensive Polish-Canadian community, Mike attended Polish School, danced in Kujawiacy: Polish Song & Dance Ensemble, runs PISK, and is a director with KPK. Mike is heavily engaged within the Polish-Canadian Community, and enjoys spending time meeting people, and traveling.

In his professional life, Mike works in the construction project and facility management industry where he oversees various projects through design, construction, operation, and maintenance. He is currently managing all additional construction at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital through a joint-venture partnership with EllisDon Corporation and Carillion Canada.