Over 13 years, Shari Castello has developed an understanding of the dynamic and unique quality of her community.
Castello has been dedicated and passionate about making connections with the people she comes across on a daily basis. Directly dealing with a plethora of clients, Castello has made it her goal to have a positive imprint on the lives of others and has been a mentor to many in her community. Her extensive education begins at Acadia University where she received her Bachelors in Kinesiology. She has also studies Exercise Science at Humber College, received her Bachelors of Education in the OSIE program and has interned at SickKids for the Obese Management Program. Shari has also been very involved in her community prior to her role as an Executive Director. She has been an Outreach Worker at various Middle Schools and High Schools in the area, facilitated after school programs, worked with At Risk youth, youth with disabilities, and has trained youth athletes and obese children.
Wayne grew up in the Jane and Finch community and obtained a Child and Youth Worker diploma at Centennial College; he is currently furthering his education at Ryerson University for a Bachelor Degree.
Throughout the years Wayne has excelled in connecting with the youth of Jane and Finch because of his authenticity and respect he garners in the community.
Wayne has worked and volunteered for many organizations such as: Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club, San Romanoway Revitalization Centre and YAAACE.
Being a youth advocate for young people has given Wayne the opportunity to experience a variety of diverse issues that affects the community and continues to give him the drive to be a part of the youth’s support system.
Youth Outreach Worker
Jelani ‘J Wyze’ has been writing professionally for 16 years.
An accomplished spoken work artist, his poetry can be found in “Word Up: Spoken Words in Print” and on EMI Canada’s companion audio compilation also entitled ‘Word Up’.
His articles have been published by the Toronto Star and included in Canadian civic high school texts.
“Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly” is his first novel.
In his role as Youth Outreach Worker, Jelani connects Jane Finch youth to the programs and services they need when they need them.
He has enriched the Thursday Night Music Drop-In program by engaging youth in conversations about what is important to them.
Leeann A Tanaah
Youth Worker at PEACH /Project Coordinator – TYES
Writer, Actress and Community Worker, Leeann Tanaah has dedicated her time and energy to initiatives that entail bringing people together and being passionately curious.
Graduating from the University of Guelph-Humber, enrolled in the Media Communications program, Tanaah has always been interested in the education and arts field. Leeann is currently the Project Coordinator of TYES Pre-Charged Diversion, and a Youth Worker at PEACH. She has also had experience as an on-air News journalist at Vibe 105.5 and has worked as a Program Assistant at the Rotman School of Management.
As a child who grew up in the Jane and Finch community, Leeann understands the pulse and potential of her community and the effects of what knowledge and unity can have on it.