To empower youth and their families by promoting well-being through Sports, Culture and Support Groups in Vaughan and its surroundings.
A vibrant and inclusive community where Fuerza Latina Community is a leading provider of services for youth and their families in Vaughan.
The idea was born out of a desire to provide youth with constructive, alternative programs to direct them away from harmful behaviour and encourage other youth to embrace a second chance.
Since 2003, the desire becomes a reality as youth from the community gather together as a group, regardless of ethnicity or culture to learn the value of teamwork, interpersonal relationships and community.
What We Believe In
- We value, respect and treat everyone as we would like to be treated.
- We recognize the potential in everyone.
- We care about each individual, and we want them to do well.
- We provide a safe and supportive environment.
- We believe in respect for others, property and the environment.
- We believe our work makes a difference!
Be a Sponsor
Partner with us!
We offer multiple sponsorship opportunities and are happy to brainstorm new ones.
Be a Volunteer
Join our planning or operation teams to make all our programs come to life.
Multiple opportunities available.
Our Founders and Board Members
Founder & CEO
Gina Balseca-Aguirre is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fuerza Latina Community Services since 2018. Gina has committed her life to this organization; tirelessly given her time and resources as the Founder and President of Fuerza Latina since 2003. She has a diploma in Accounting with Honours diplomas in HR Management and Microcomputers. A goal-driven leader with extensive experience in strategy and governance, Gina has focused her efforts on developing people-centric affordable programs and events that maximize a client’s experience. Gina is the Founder of the Vaughan Latin Festival since 2015, Founder of the Latin American-Hispanic Ceremony & Parade since 2016 and the Latin Culture in Partnership with the Vaughan Culture Days since 2010. Her goal is to continue serving our community with the highest level of integrity, dedication and respect. Gina has received Federal Government Volunteer Appreciation Awards, Consulate of Ecuador Certificate of Recognition, Canadian Hispanic Congress Certificate of Recognition, City of Vaughan Volunteer of the Year Award.
Co-Founder and President
Jason Szymanski is the Co-Founder and President of Fuerza Latina Community Services since 2018 and the Co-Founder and Vice President of Fuerza Latina Community Services since 2003. An active volunteer in his personal life, He strongly believes in engaging volunteers in meaningful opportunities that resonate for them and create lasting social impact in multiple areas. Jason has an Honours Diplomas as a Web Technologist Specialist and extensive experience in IT, Compliance, Policies and Procedures, Management. He has been leading the organization’s performance and growth, and our achievements would not have been possible without his support at the helm. Jason is the Co-Founder of the Vaughan Latin Festival since 2015, Co-Founder of the Latin American-Hispanic Ceremony & Parade since 2016. He received the City of Vaughan Volunteer of the Year Award and Federal and Provincial Government Recognition and Volunteer Appreciation Awards.
Bruno Braga became a Board Member of Fuerza Latina Community Services in 2006; as Treasurer for 11 years and Vice President since 2018. Bruno is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience in accounting in the corporate and not-for-profit sector. He has always been passionate about volunteering and understands the value of giving back to ones’ community. Bruno is diligent and committed, making him an invaluable contributor to the success of Fuerza Latina. He is undoubtedly setting an excellent example for the next generation. The City of Vaughan Volunteer of the Year Award and Federal and Provincial Government Recognition and Volunteer Appreciation Awards have recognised Bruno, for his outstanding work.
Sgt. Johnny Campuzano
Sgt. Johnny Campuzano became a Board Member of Fuerza Latina Community Services in 2006 and served in the Police force for 19 years. He understands the challenges facing people from multiple perspectives and the importance of the non-profit sector in building strong and resilient communities. Our achievements would not have been possible without his support. Sgt. Campuzano received numerous recognitions, including the City of Vaughan Volunteer of the Year Award, Federal and Provincial Government Recognitions, along with Volunteer Appreciation Awards, plus Canada’s Ten Most Influential Hispanic Canadians Award in 2008.
Mario Ferri is the Honorary Chair of Fuerza Latina Community Services since 2008. He has a Master of Environmental Studies Degree and has served over 22 years as an elected official in the City of Vaughan. Before serving in public office, Mario assisted underprivileged children, youth, seniors and families through educational and recreational and social programs as the Executive Director of non-profit agencies. His support has been practical to lend credibility to our organization.
Rosaria Bondi became a Board Member of Fuerza Latina Community Services in 2013. She has a diploma in Office Administration, a CMAP Certificate, in addition to her substantial experience in Administration, Governance Policies, Programming, Arts and Culture. Her day-to-day support and creative ideas have been instrumental in the success of our organization. Rosaria has received the City of Vaughan Volunteer of the Year Award, Federal and Provincial Government Recognitions, and Volunteer Appreciation Awards.
Elizabeth Avalos joined our team in 2017 as the New Horizons Seniors Project Coordinator. Elizabeth became a Board Member of Fuerza Latina Community Services in 2019, and she has a Bachelor of Legal Science and a Bachelor of Law. She is a professional with substantial international legal advice in the public and private sector and a ‘key’ member of our team. Elizabeth is proud of the vital work done by Fuerza Latina and the valuable role it plays in our community.
Ileana Alvarado became a Board Member of Fuerza Latina Community Services in 2019. She is a professional with substantial experience in Compliance, Board Policies and Procedures, and she brings her skills to benefit our community and the organization significantly. Ileana is glad to be part of its journey to provide and promote meaningful volunteer opportunities that translate into healthier communities for everyone.
Anamaria Bran became a Board member of Fuerza Latina Community Services in 2020. She is an innovative, creative professional, has a passion for numbers, is a results-driven analyst, economist, and project consultant. She brings expertise and significant value to our organization. Anamaria has been an avid volunteer for the Romanian Red Cross and other organizations. She is very impressed with what Fuerza Latina is doing in Vaughan, and her goal is to serve our community with the highest level of integrity, dedication, creativity and respect.
Lilian Velazquez became a Board Member of Fuerza Latina Community Services in 2020. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and is a passionate educator with over 13 years of experience teaching Spanish and English. Lilian has promoted the Hispanic culture by teaching both adults and children of different backgrounds and other settings. Fuerza Latina is an organization dedicated to support and serve our community, and she is thankful to be contributing to the organization’s goals.