Déjon is a YouthWorx
alumnus, having spent multiple summers working for Toronto Community Housing, assisting with small repair work and the beautification of communities. He was also an assistant coach at his high school's CBA program and volunteered at École Rawlinson as a tutor.
Déjon will be attending
to study Plumbing Techniques and aspires to become a plumber. Growing up in a single parent home and being a role model to other youth living in Toronto Community Housing has inspired him to pursue postsecondary education. Zahra Abdi, 17 years old
Zahra Abdi is bright young woman with an open heart who aims to lift up her fellow peers. She strongly believes that everyone should be accepted for who they are and that people should build each other up instead of tearing each other down. As a student at Weston Collegiate Institute, she became involved with the Queer Straight Alliance.
In September, Zahra plans to study Early Childhood Education at
, and ultimately work with children with special needs. Her cousin, Abukar Ahmed, is also a 2017 Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship recipient.Marina Guadagnoli, 20 years old
Marina Guadagnoli is an energetic, confident young woman who excels in academics and is a leader in her community. Marina was involved in many school functions and charity events while attending Western Technical. Marina also participated in the Walk for Water, performed at multicultural events and won a gold medal for her school in the
baking competition. She is very involved in her community church, volunteering whenever there is need.
In September, Marina will study Baking and Pastry Management at
George Brown College
in hopes of becoming a successful pastry chef. Marina is inspired by "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro.