|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|
Meet The Team
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.
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.
Position at QVX 2019:
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.
Position at QVX 2019: Lead Regional Coordinator
From: London, Ontario
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.
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.
Position at QVX 2019: Media Relations
From: Winnipeg, MB