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  • Nicole Servinis

    Nicole Servinis is the Community Correspondent for Breakfast Television. Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Nicole grew up as a lover of arts and entertainment, including figure skating and dance, and has won national dance championship titles across North America. Nicole’s love for TV started in high school after completing a co-op program at Rogers tv in 2007, and she hasn’t looked back since.

    Nicole received a full dance scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University where she studied journalism (and received the Rookie of the Year Award!). Nicole came home to finish her studies at Ryerson University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism, and had the opportunity to intern at Citytv and Entertainment Tonight Canada. Before joining Breakfast Television, Nicole was an Entertainment Producer where she interviewed many A-list celebrities, including Meghan Markle, Natalie Portman and Melissa McCarthy.

    On the weekends, you’ll find Nicole spending time with family and friends enjoying good food, some wine, and relaxation!

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  • Panel Moderator: Jennifer Harrison

     

    Jennifer Harrison left the corporate world in search of a better life... and that's exactly what she found when she started her public relations consulting firm, Lifestyle PR. After recovering from the bumps on her head from that glass ceiling, Jennifer held on to the positives of working with a large company, like structure and work systems, and added in schedule flexibility, work-life balance and giving back to the community into her work life. As the primary consultant for Lifestyle PR, she creates compelling, targeted, relevant content for clients in the corporate, political and not-for-profit arenas. Jennifer is a firm believer that everyone has a story - including businesses - and it is that authentic story that will connect with audiences, customers and stakeholders. Lifestyle PR specializes in brand building, reputation amplification and customers connections. Jennifer is the Chair of the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library Board, Vice President of Public Relations with the Bradford Board of Trade and mom to 7 year old twins. Reach out to Jennifer here: lifestylepr.ca/


     
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  • Superintendent Maria Ahrens Superintendent Maria Ahrens

    Superintendent Maria Ahrens

    Superintendent, York Regional Police

    Maria Ahrens joined York Regional Police in September 1988.  She holds the rank of Superintendent and is currently the Officer in Charge of Information Services which includes Information Management and Court Administration and Operations. 

     
    Throughout her career Maria has been assigned to all facets of the organization including Uniform Patrol, Traffic Collision Reconstruction, the Drugs & Vice Bureau, and the Intelligence Bureau. She was also an Undercover Operator for several years and an instructor on the course along with being a qualified Undercover Operative Handler and Mentor. 
     
    She has held leadership roles in the Operations Branch (1 and 3 District, Criminal Investigations), the Support Branch (Operational Command, Support Services, and Community Services), the Investigative Services Branch (Organized Crime and Intelligence Services) and the Administrative Branch (Corporate Development). 
     
    Maria holds a Diploma for Law & Security from Georgian College, a Leadership Diploma from Seneca College, a Leadership Development Program Certificate through the Gaski Performance Group, a Police Leadership Program Certificate from the University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management and is actively continuing her education in Human Resource Management at Seneca College. 
     
    Maria believes in paying it forward by being heavily involved in volunteering and she currently serves as a Board Member for Victim Services of York Region and has done so for the past 12 years.  She was also the Chair for Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run for 10 years and sat on the Executive Committee for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Province.

     

    Dr. Fareen Karachiwalla Dr. Fareen Karachiwalla

     

    Dr. Fareen Karachiwalla

    York Region's Associate Medial Officer of Health

    Dr. Fareen Karachiwalla is a Public Health & Preventive Medicine physician working as an Associate Medical Officer of Health with the Regional Municipality of York. Fareen primarily works in the area of communicable disease control (including case and outbreak management, TB, and vaccine preventable diseases) and has helped lead the COVID-19 case and outbreak management response as well as the COVID-19 health equity group. Previous to joining York Region, she worked as an Associate Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health in Kingston Ontario where her main portfolios included: Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention, Primary Care engagement, Health Equity, and Social Determinants of Health. Her main interests include health equity, healthy public policy, and working across sectors to address the Social Determinants of Health. Fareen completed her Public Health & Preventive Medicine residency program at the University of Toronto, her Master's in Public Health degree (with a focus on health systems and policy) at Johns Hopkins University, as well as Family Medicine training at St. Michael's Hospital. Throughout her career, she has maintained a part time clinical role primarily serving the general health needs of vulnerable populations including the homeless and under-housed. Fareen currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Inner City Health Association (ICHA) serving the health needs of the homeless in Toronto and recently co-authored the 6th edition of Shah‘s Public Health & Preventive Health Care in Canada – a leading Canadian public health textbook.

    Maria Ciarlandini Maria Ciarlandini

    Maria Ciarlandini

    Finance Admin and Community Support Ambassador at Vince’s Market

    Maria Ciarlandini’s career at Vince's Market is based on two roles, the Financial Administrator and Ambassador for Community. Vince's Market is an independent grocery store that serves four communities with five locations. Maria’s days are filled with traveling from different Vince's locations to manage and balance the cash administration in each store. Maria though is mostly recognized for her Community Support Ambassador role. With this role at Vince's, she is able to network, create, and continue to contribute philanthropically.

     

    Throughout her years as Ambassador, the Community Support team has been able to sponsor numerous events and organizations. A few highlights are the Cedar Centre Gala, New Roads Girls Night Out, the S.O.S. (Support our Shelters) campaign, Random Acts of Vince's, and the Big Bike for Heart & Stroke, just to name a few. Giving back to four communities can be very challenging at times but it can also be extremely inspiring.

    In the past five years, Maria has danced to support Easter Seals organization, built a playground for a child in need with Million Dollar Smiles Foundation, curled to raise money for the Newmarket Pantry, and purchased, cooked, and served a delicious meal for the Inn from the Cold homeless shelter.

    As a mother of three beautiful children, Maria takes her role of Ambassador very seriously and knows that each day she’s given an opportunity to make a difference. She grateful to be in this position and at the end of each day, hopes that her actions will inspire others like her children, the Vince's team, and our communities

     

    Tonya McConnell Tonya McConnell

    Tonya McConnell

    Tonya was born and raised in Newmarket, Ontario. She has lived in Georgina for the last 30 years raising her four wonderful sons. Tonya currently lives with her husband of 17 years. They like to spend their time together enjoying boating on Lake Simcoe, walking daily in the Willow Beach neighborhood and planning for their future retirement. Tonya's first job in Georgina was driving a school bus, where she met many families along her journey. Some of these individuals are still friends of Tonya's today. Tonya currently works at Cedarvale Lodge, and has been a valued member of the team for over 11 years. Along with sharing her desire to make the lives of seniors, one they'll always remember, Tonya inspires everyone around her to do the same. There is never a dull moment when Tonya is near, as she brings creativity to everything she does and puts a smile on everyone's face.

     

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