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The Next Gen


United Way KFLA offers a new and exciting way for young professionals, future leaders, to get involved in our community. Who can be a part of Next Gen? Enthusiastic and energetic individuals who:

  • Want to be the first to hear about the best events in the city.
  • Want to be in the know about what’s going on in our community.
  • Want to meet and be inspired by young philanthropists in our city.
  • Want to get involved in our community, and are wondering where to start.

Next Gen empowers young leaders to support and increase the impact of the United Way in the local community. The Next Gen movement is a unique opportunity for the next generation to bring about change.

If you are a Next Genner, there are many ways for you to get involved. Next Gen volunteers organize and run several popular events each year including: Next Gen Masquerade, Next Gen Pool Party and Next Gen Sociable. Some Next Gen volunteers also participate in United Way events like Day of Caring and the Seeing Is Believing bus tours.

For more information, or if you are interested in joining the Next Gen movement, please contact: 613-542-2674 or campaign@unitedwaykfla.ca.

Message from the Cabinet

We would like to invite you to continue your involvement through the year. A couple things you may be interested in:

Next Gen Survey

Thank you to all who completed our online survey earlier this summer. We had numerous respondents, with an approximate 65-35% split between women and men. Results tell us that many of our members first hear about Next Gen through word-of-mouth and attending one of our events, and our Workplace Ambassador program is also an entry point.

We are excited to see that more than half of respondents were new to the United Way, and we have some interesting results around what impact areas our members see as most important to the Next Gen demographic. We would like to dig into the survey results with you in person to better understand what that engagement means to you!

Download the full survey results

Thanks for your continued support of Next Gen and the United Way KFLA. Don’t forget to follow “United Way KFLA Next Gen” on Facebook or “@nextgenkfla” on Twitter for event updates, etc. Have suggestions on content you think should be posted? Drop us a line!

– Jenn Goodwin and Myles Anderson,  Past Next Gen Co-Chairs

Meet the Cabinet

The Next Gen Cabinet is a group of volunteers that help guide the Next Gen movement in the KFLA area by promoting the United Way to peers in their workplaces and social circles. They act as United Way Champions and encourage their workplaces and colleagues to become engaged in the community by supporting the United Way through giving and volunteering.

The cabinet plans several fundraising and awareness events each year for Next Gen/United Way and participate in volunteer activities. The Cabinet Co-Chairs also sit on the United Way Campaign Cabinet which is made up of local community volunteers who lead the United Way Campaign for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

Next Gen Chairs

Chair: Rob Raike
Past Chair: Myles Anderson
Vice Chair: Rebecca Prophet

Workplace Ambassadors

Chair: Rob Raike


Chair: James Ligthart
Vice Chair: Monica Lapajne

Next Gen Masquerade

Chair: Gillian Moren

Next Gen Ambassadors

The Next Gen Cabinet is creating a network of contacts known as ‘Next Gen Ambassadors’ to spread their message and ensure the next generation of leaders are engaged in their community. They participate in Next Gen activities and promote events and engagement opportunities within their workplaces.

This is a great opportunity for someone in the Next Gen demographic at a workplace to become an active member of a peer group, supporting the Next Gen’s efforts.

The Ambassador’s Role

The Ambassador’s role is to work with the Next Gen Chair of Workplace Engagement to develop and execute a strategy specifically tailored to your workplace, with the following objectives:

Increase awareness of the Next Gen and United Way message and presence in the community at a place of business; Provide information about events and network opportunities employees, and; Act as a point of contact between the United Way Next Gen and your employees in the Next Generation.

For more information about Next Gen and its role within the United Way KFLA, please contact Rob Raike, Chair of Workplace Engagement.

Workplace Ambassadors

  • 1dea Design + Media Inc.: Jamie Vinkle
  • ALCDSB:Christopher Gencarelli, Katie Williamson & Karen Paul
  • Assurant: Erin Nolan
  • Bell Media Kingston: Brian Donohue, Rebecca Fryer & Matthew Bisson
  • BmDodo Strategic Design: Gillian Moren
  • BMO Financial Group: Aimanda Macrae
  • Bombardier Transportation: Robert Raike
  • CFB Kingston: Robert Denis Hartzell
  • CIBC Bath Rd: Curtis Baron
  • CIBC Financial Group: Curtis Baron
  • CIBC Wood Gundy Inc.: Bradley See
  • City of Kingston: Adam McCluskey, Christina Thomson & Peter Huigenbos
  • Correctional Service Canada: Kyle Lawlor
  • Corus Entertainment: Monica Lapajne
  • Cult Collective Ltd.: Jennifer Orsatti, John Garofalo & Patrick Orr
  • Days Road Dental Kingston: Hannah Hall
  • Empire Life: Ian Brown & Kristy Vandervelde
  • George A. Wright & Son Ltd.: Patricia Taylor
  • Goodyear Canada Inc.: Tom Gingrich
  • Investors Group Financial Services: Lee Christy
  • Kingston & Area Real Estate Association: Jessica Hellard
  • Kingston Community Health Centres: Lauren Hartwick
  • Kingston General Hospital: Janna Dolphin
  • Kingston This Week: Danielle Vandenbrink
  • KPMG LLP: Kira Hataley & Rebecca Prophet
  • Providence Care: Jen Goodwin
  • Queen’s University: James Ligthart
  • RBC Financial Group: Megan Horton
  • Rogers & Trainor: Jessica Hoekstra
  • Rogers Radio Kingston: Kris Bawden & Wendy Bouwma
  • Shared Support Services Southeastern: Ellen Westervelt, Emilie Wright & Sam Laurin
  • St. Lawrence College: John Pierce
  • Sustainable Kingston: Katie Wall
  • TD Financial Group: Dominque Jones & Jason Stewart
  • Union Gas Ltd.: Adam Clow, Dugal MacDermaid & Jackie McKay
  • University Hospitals Kingston Foundation: JoAnne Metcalfe
  • Withey Addison LLP: Kate Wolsey