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Award Presenters 2019

Jake Dheer

Senior Manager, Rogers Media Inc.

Jake served as Chairman of Carassauga in 2001 and 2002, Mississauga Board Of Trade in 2008, Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Gala for the Arts, Culture and Heritage in 2010, Sheridan College’s Big Picture Gala in 2010 and 2012 and Heritage Mississauga’s annual awards in 2013 – 2016. Read more….

Jeet Dhillon, CFA, MBA

Vice President & Senior Portfolio Manager

With over 22 years of investment industry experience, Jeet provides investment counsel to private clients, corporations, not for profits, individual pension plans and trusts to help develop and implement investment strategies tailored to help meet their individual needs. Read more….

Emcees 2019

Aleeza Qayyum

Aleeza Qayyum is a grade 12 student at the Stephen Lewis Secondary School. While consistently exceling in her academics, Aleeza has played a significant role in the community. Since the beginning of her high school career, she has taken part in her school’s student council and has made her way up to become the president of the council. In addition, Aleeza has also been a part of the school’s extra-curricular community and has committed her time to other clubs such as the Math Club, French Club as well as her School Band.

Furthermore, outside of her academic circles, she has been a part of countless initiatives such as the Ink Movement and Red Cross. For the past four years, she has also been a Vision-Mate for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and is now a SHAD fellow as well. Aleeza currently serves as the Chairperson of Volunteering Peel and has been elected as the Director of Leadership Development for the Peel Students President’s Council.

Anchal Arnja

Anchal Arjna is a grade 12 honours student who currently attends Jean Augustine Secondary School. Anchal has proven to be a prominent leader not only at her high school but also within her community by winning countless awards and excelling in multiple extra-curricular endeavours. She is consistently involved in her school’s social wellness and spirit events and clubs such as Inside Ride and the Athletic Council.

In addition, during the summer of 2018, Anchal established “Teens2Seniors”, which is an incredible initiative that strives to engage teens and seniors with one another to bridge the gap between social norms within both communities.

Ashleen Gill

Ashleen Gill is currently a Grade 12 student attending the Jean Augustine Secondary School. While consistently excelling in academics and maintaining a impressive academic profile, Ashleen has proven her enthusiasm and leadership qualities by volunteering to lead many community-wide extracurricular activities and organizations.

In addition, she is the founder of an incredible initiative called “unlabelled” that has become a small movement which is continuously gaining momentum, to end gender roles, stereotypes, and labels. Furthermore, she has also led a brief workshop at the Principals’ Qualification Program that was offered by York University in Toronto, ON.

Chesta Dhawan

Cheshta Dhawan is a 13-year-old, grade 8 student attending the Roberta Bondar Public School in Brampton. Cheshta has consistently proven herself by maintaining stellar grades in all subjects while participating in numerous sports! Between managing her role as a captain of the senior girls’ volleyball team and a point guard of the senior girls’ basketball team, she also finds time to pursue her interests by joining the soccer, badminton and cricket teams.

In addition, she also expresses her talent and creativity by joining the Instrumental Band where she plays the flute as well as through creating competitive artwork. Her beautiful art was not only showcased at an assembly but was also selected as the school’s yearbook cover page!

Haroop Thiara

Haroop Thiara is a student in , attending the Roberta Bondar Public School. Haroop is well known for being dedicated to her academics and her life outside of academia. Currently, she takes on the role of a leader in her school’s spirit council, which involves keeping close ties with the principle, planning and organizing events.

In addition, she is also actively involved in “Huddle Up”, an organization that helps prevent bulling and promotes positivity in school wherein she meticulously supports by organizing meetings and rehearsals. Furthermore, she has also created a choreography to present in front of the entire school.

Haroop is also, an athlete. She is a part of the girl’s league basketball team, girl’s hockey for the North Peel region and is a part of the girl’s soccer team.

Keerat Juneja

Keerat Juenja is a 15 year old, Grade 10 student who attends Central Peel Secondary School. In addition to maintaining an honors average, Keerat has involved herself with an overabundant amount of extracurriculars such as badminton, which she has been playing for seven years. She played a tournament in Detroit where she won a bronze medal in a under-19 category being a under-16 player. Keerat also volunteers at a Punjabi and Kirtan class where she teaches children how to read in Punjabi and perform Kirtan. Keerat also takes time out to learn ethnic dance forms such as Bhangra and Gidha.

Furthermore, she represents Central Peel high school for their FRC Robotics Team where she is the head of marketing, Keerat is also a part of an outreach team, she was a mentor for a First Lego League Team where she helped students in grades 5 to 8 to learn how to program and come up with effective robot designs. Keerat is also a founding member of one of the first VEX all-girls team in Brampton, this team was created with an objective to encourage and promote all girls to explore and join the STEM fields.

Mankiran Dhillon

Mankiran Dhillon, a grade 9 student at Mississauga Secondary School who has a passion for leadership in politics.

Through being a member of the Brampton Youth Council and volunteering with Sonia Sidhu, the Brampton South Member of Parliament, Mankiran is able to discuss and learn about the political issues within Canada.

She was also the president of her middle school’s anti-bullying awareness program, Time to Change. Through her active involvement in the middle school community she attained the Principal’s Award upon her graduation.

Simran Kaur

Simran Kaur is a grade 10 student at Mississauga Secondary School, who is a leader within both her school and within the local communities.

At her school, she is involved in both Varsity Girls Field Hockey and the Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team. Simran also holds the position of Arts Council Vice President where she has successfully advocated for the support of arts within the education curriculum. In addition, She has demonstrated her creative talents through event planning and designing school murals.

Furthermore, outside of her academic circles, Simran plays an active role in her local community through volunteering. She consistently volunteers her time at the Brampton Library, her temple and Roberta Bondar Public School.

Vyjayanthi Janakiraman

Vyjayanthi Janakiraman plays an active role in the Peel District School Board’s community involving herself in many school-wide and community-wide extracurricular activities and organizations.

Currently, she serves as a chairperson at the Mississauga Youth Action Committee, which represents over 145,000 youth across the GTA. Her mandate entails discussing important issues and promoting community leadership and social justice.

In addition, she is also involved within her schools Cancer Drive as an executive member. Every April, the school hosts a charity week to help raise money to send children with childhood cancer to camps. She ensures multiple activities throughout the week are planned correctly.