Team

Co-Chairs: Ania Barycka
Joanna Marks
Windsor, ON
Toronto, ON
Sponsorship Director: Oscar Wasiluk Ottawa, ON
Digital Communications Director Kasia Kaminska Toronto, ON
Communications & PR Director Victoria Styrna Grimsby, ON
Regional Coordinator Chair Krys Weiss London, ON
Registration & Delegate Liaison: Michelle Gajewski (Windsor, ON)
Graphics Designer Ania Nogal Windsor, ON
Treasurer Joanna Marks Toronto

Meet The Team

Ania Barycka

Joanna Marks

Oscar Wasiluk

kasiaKasia Kaminska

Position at QVX 2019: Digital Communications Manager
From: Toronto, Ontario

Kasia has been actively involved in Polonia since 2008 when she co-facilitated the launch of the Polish Students’ Association at YorkU. Following that she was one of the founding members of PISK, a QV 1 and 2 Alumnus, as well as co-organizer of QV3, Toronto. In 2010 she was invited to participate in Poland in the Rockies, a fully sponsored and immersive seminar on contemporary Polish culture. She is also an alumnus of the School for Leaders in the Polish Diaspora (SLP) 2012 edition and was invited back in 2013 as program assistant for that years’ cohort. In 2018 she co-founded the new and emerging Konekt Polish Canadian Professionals. Currently she is focusing on communications for the 10th edition of Quo Vadis in Toronto. Professionally she in employed as communications manager at the Queen’s Park office of MPP Natalia Kusendova. In her spare time she enjoys Star Trek re-runs, going to the gym and travel.

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 Victoria Styrna

  Position at QVX 2019 : Communications PR Director
 
  From: Grimsby, ON 
 

 Victoria currently works for Sheridan College’s Facilities  Services – Projects department as a Project Coordinator.  In this role she part of an internal team that completes institutional design and project management work. Finding herself in a project management role was very unintentional, as she attained a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Interior Design from Sheridan College. Her major ambitions are to pass her NCIDQ exam, attain LEED certification and obtain project management certification.

Although, interior design is her everyday passion, throughout her life she has continued to reach out to her roots in the Polish community. Currently she enjoys attending Konekt Canadian Polish Professionals events and being a member of the QVX committee. She continues to be inspired when attending these networking events and making new connections, because of their ability to encourage a greater sense of community.
 

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Matt moved to Canada with his parents as a young child as his parents saw little future in communism, however yearned to understand more about his roots. To help connect with his past, during university, he went on student exchange for a year to Politechnika Warszawska, taking a year of engineering courses in Polish. This allowed him to understand more of what it means to be a Polish Canadian. Matt has lived in the UK, Russia, Poland, Armenia, and extensively traveled. He has participated in numerous Polish Canadian organizations including student organizations, PISK, YPCPA, Tatry Dance, and numerous others. His polishes comes out in his every day interactions, sometimes inadvertently through things like his name. He currently works as a capital projects consultant for PwC, helping organizations succeed in developing their industrial projects.

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Position at QVX 2019: Lead Regional Coordinator

From: London, Ontario

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/krystopher-weiss-18235155/

Being apart of the polish community in London has been the foundation of my identity. An identity that is defined by our faith, language and culture. I want to inspire a new generation of Polish youth. That is why I am apart of the Quo Vadis organizing committee. After his father was adopted by a Polish family in Canada, he decided to go to Poland to find love. His father met his mother at a church in Poland. They decided to get married in Canada and start a family in London, Ontario. The Polish culture was a part of life for Krys, encompassing faith, language, music and dance. Krys has been involved with Our Lady of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church’s different youth initiatives. Krys attended Polish School on Saturdays all the way to Grade 12. As a member of Cracovia Folk and Dance ensemble, Krys has performed at different festivals in Ontario, United States, and in Poland. Currently, Krys has been working as a Disability Support Worker in Community Living London. In his spare time, Krys loves to play on the accordion and sing a variety of Polish songs. Going on adventures and exploring is his greatest passion.

headshot michelleMichelle Gajewski

Position at QVX 2019: Delegate Liaison
From: Windsor, ON

Michelle has been actively involved with the Polish community of Windsor since childhood, attending Polish school, Krucjata and later getting involved with the Polish Village for the annual Carrousel of the Nations Festival, the Polish-Canadian Students’ Association of Windsor (PCSAW), Polish Week in Windsor, and a handful of other Polonia organizations. She is also an 8 time gold medalist in swimming for Team Kanada, having competed at the World Polonia Games (Światowe Igrzyska Polonijne) in 2013 and 2017. Michelle has been heavily involved in campus life in Canada and England by volunteering and taking on leadership roles for countless organizations. Her contributions to her community have earned her the Ontario Volunteer Service Award, the Windsor Youth Leadership Award from the City of Windsor, the Gold Centennial Medal for outstanding service to people of Polish heritage, and the Bronze Award of Merit from the Canadian Polish Congress. Michelle enjoys writing in her spare time and hopes to become a policymaker. Her dream is to improve national and international policy surrounding food and nutrition security, but is happy to improve people’s lives any way she can. In everything she does, Michelle hopes to inspire her peers to reach their full potential and to become strong, contributing members of their communities.

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Mike Kulasza

Position at QVX 2019: Media Relations

From: Winnipeg, MB

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-kulasza/

Mike was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His parents moved to Canada in the early 1970s and instilled into him the importance of maintaining Polish language and culture. During the 1990s, Mike graduated from the University of Manitoba and Red River College, after which he has worked in a number of business sectors. He returned to school in 2010 to pursue his passion in communications, and completed the Public Relations & Marketing Management program at the University of Winnipeg. Mike has been active in Winnipeg’s Polish community for a number of years with such organizations as the Ogniwo Polish Museum Society and the Polish Association ‘Sokol’ of St. Boniface. In 2018, Mike served as Vice President of the Canadian Polish Congress (Manitoba District) and was subsequently elected as its President in 2019. Quo Vadis X is the second Quo Vadis conference that Mike has been involved with.

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Ania Nogal

Position at QVX 2019: Graphic Designer

From: Windsor, ON

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-nogal-79a6952/

Ania Nogal was born and raised in Windsor Ontario, Canada. She has been volunteering at the Polish Carousel of the Nations and in Polish Community in Windsor, since high school. Ania has been involved in the youth choir at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in high school and in Plomien – local dance and song ensemble while in University.  She was a part of the PCSAW ( Polish Canadian Student Association of Windsor) ogranization as a secretary and treasurer which led her to particate in Quo Vadis 2 (Building Bridges) and Quo Vadis 3 (Tools for Success) conferences. She finished her Bachelor of  Science in Marketing Management from Wayne State University. While at school, she participated in  AAF (American Advertising Federation) as a leader in school, (Media Director and Media Planner)and participated in regional advertising campaigns in Michigan. More currently, while working as a Marketing and Business manager at a local business in Windsor, she developed a passion for advertising, website design and graphic design. Her passions in life are singing, photography, travel and starting her own business-to inspire creativity and passion in others.