About Us

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Success Accelerator offers a range of effective programs, delivered by professionals, that develop tangible skillset that youth require for today’s workplace. The aim is to empower young people to become the inspiring leaders of tomorrow.

An initiative of The Local Charity, Success Accelerator will support youth to build a life where they live in dignity, provide them an opportunity of inclusion, and enhance their resilience and security. Through participation in our programs, young people will be equipped with foundational understanding in the areas they choose, whether work-specific or personal and interpersonal skills. For example, our entrepreneurs begin by creating projects, developing innovative ideas and solutions, and progress through building and launching a prototype project. 

Meet The Team

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Executive Director

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Education Program Director

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Education Program Director

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Marketing Coordinator

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Education Program Specialist

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Creative Lead

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Emotional Intelligence Lead

Counselor and In-House Life Coach

Team Profile

Jen Pendergast (she/her), Executive Director

I strongly believe that everyone has the power to change the world, but for many people that power is hidden inside, under layers of challenges and difficult experiences. I believe causes like Success Accelerator can help our young people to unpack their experiences and unlock their own power to create the future they want to see.

As Executive Director, I seek to guide our team to find their own strengths and use them to be our best - for ourselves and in the programs we offer to our Youth. 

 

Anoosha Reddy (she/her), Education Program Director

As an educator I am passionate about helping people discover and define what brings them meaning and joy. In order for anyone to pursue these objectives, they must first feel physically, mentally and emotionally safe. I am committed to increasing access to holistic education, programming, and services that connect individuals to the resources they need to not only survive, but to thrive.

 

I have experience working with children and youth of all ages in camps and community programs. I have worked as a middle school teacher in the Indian public education system and as an educator in youth detention centres and community corrections in the United States. I hold a Bachelor of Psychology from Concordia University and a Master of Education from Harvard University.

 

Lina Maria Aristizabal (she/her), Education Program Director

I am a certified teacher, coach, and resilience trainer committed to sharing the wisdom and tools of wellbeing science and positive psychology with the community. I know the powerful positive impact that the right knowledge, tools, and opportunities can have on a person’s life. It is important to me to be able to contribute to sharing these tools and providing these opportunities to those that need it most so that they can move in the direction they want to go in life and feel good doing it.

I came to this work after some health and life challenges that deeply changed my perspective and mindset about life. After an adventurous decade living and working overseas, I am happy to be staying in one spot, building joyful connections and living my purpose.

 
 

Winnie Fleur Ishimwe (she/her), Education Program Specialist

I am passionate about teaching and helping the youth through designing and developing educational learning programs.  I have a Bachelor degree in French Studies from University of Ottawa and a Masters Degree in French Literature (with thesis) from York University. I am currently in the process of getting a certificate in Instructional Design to complete my knowledge in Education Development. 

 

Bugie Lo (she/her), Creative Lead

With a background in Social Work, I have a deep passion for exploring the world of educational non-profits, with a focus on youth-based initiatives. I believe in the power of young people and have seen the incredible impact they can make when they are given the right tools and encouragement. I am thrilled to be joining Success Accelerator and excited to contribute to a worthy cause that is close to my heart. I have a Bachelor of Social Work (Honors) from York University, and will be completing a Certificate in Adult Learning from Seneca College in August. 

Since high school, I’ve struggled with mental health, and it’s still something I’m learning to handle. In 2019 I had an episode of psychosis that changed me into who I am today, I’m not going to say it changed me for the better or worse, but it has impacted me. It made me realize that there are people who fight silent battles and that it’s not always possible to share your struggle with others. Whether it’s because of pride or shame, the struggle you face isn’t easy to share, but you can get assistance from others by sharing it. It doesn’t even have to be physical assistance. Even just knowing someone is there for you helps.

I’m trying to say that not everyone can openly share their battle, but it takes courage to share what you’re going through for those who do. I believe that everyone is on a journey to improve themselves, whether they know it or not, and I want to be a part of that journey, helping others find a way to live a life that they can be proud of.

Nader Ibrahim (he/him), Marketing Coordinator

 
 

Laney Lui (she/her), Emotional Intelligence Lead

Elevating one’s emotional intelligence is key to the preventative and healing journey of mental well-being. I've been there. As someone who has experienced mental illness first hand, I know the struggle. I also know the power in overcoming the invisible challenges of mental illness and the strength in compassion that comes from the process, because of that experience, I can walk alongside you along the path to a better place.  The journey is never over, and I know I continue to grow in all my interactions with clients and colleagues. The possibility of growth, no matter your starting point, is what makes me so passionate about my role as Emotional Intelligence Lead at the Success Accelerator.

I am EQ-i 2.0 certified, an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, and currently working towards my International Coaching Federation certification.  Together, we can co-create a plan to elevate the areas you want to experience growth. I currently provide life coaching by invitation only to get breakthroughs in areas of life you want, hold you accountable and provide encouragement throughout your journey to become a better version of yourself.