About Us

Our Mission

To empower youth and their families by promoting well-being through Sports, Culture and Support Groups in Vaughan and its surroundings.

Nuestra Misión  

Empoderar a los jóvenes y a sus familias promoviendo su bienestar a través del deporte, cultura y grupos de apoyo en Vaughan y sus alrededores. 

Our Vision

A vibrant and inclusive community where Fuerza Latina is a leading provider of services for youth and their families in Vaughan.

Nuestra Visión  

Una comunidad vibrante e inclusiva en la que Fuerza Latina es líder de servicios para los jóvenes latinos y sus familias en Vaughan. 

 

Our Journey

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.

Nuestra Trayectoria 

La idea surgió para ofrecer a los jóvenes programas constructivos para alejarlos de comportamientos nocivos y brindarles a otros jóvenes una segunda oportunidad.  

Desde 2003, el deseo se convierte en una realidad a medida que los jóvenes  de la comunidad  se reúnen, independientemente de su origen étnico o cultura, para aprender el valor del trabajo en equipo las relaciones interpersonales y la comunidad.

What We Believe In

  • We believe our work makes a difference!
  • We provide a safe and supportive environment.
  • We believe in respect for the environment.
  • We recognize the potential in everyone.
  • We believe in respect for others, honouring the diversity of race/colour, religion/creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, or economic background.
  • We value, respect and treat everyone as we would like to be treated.
  • We care about each individual, and we want them to do well.

Cuales son Nuestros Valores 

  • Valoramos, respetamos y tratamos a todos como nos gustaría ser tratados. 
  • Reconocemos el potencial de todos. 
  • Nos preocupamos por cada individuo, y queremos que todo esté bien.  
  • Proporcionamos un entorno seguro y de apoyo.  
  • Creemos en el respeto por los demás, la propiedad y el medio ambiente. 
  • Creemos que nuestro trabajo hace la diferencia…! 

 

Served Over

community members in the Vaughan & York Region area

Be a Sponsor

Partner with us!

We offer multiple sponsorship opportunities and are happy to brainstorm new ones.

Ser Patrocinador 

Ofrecemos muchas oportunidades a los patrocinadores y estamos encantados de intercambiar ideas con todos ustedes.

 

Be a Volunteer

Join our planning or operation teams to make all our programs come to life.

There are Multiple opportunities  available!

Ser un Voluntario

Únase a nuestro equipo de planificación y operación y así nuestro programa continuará creciendo  y multiplicando oportunidades en nuestra comunidad de Vaughan.  

Our Founders and Board Members

Gina Balseca-Aguirre

Gina Balseca-Aguirre

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.

Jason Szymanski

Jason Szymanski

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

Bruno Braga

Vice President

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

Treasurer

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

Mario Ferri

Honorary Chair

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

Rosaria Bondi

Secretary

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.

Elizabeath Avalos

Elizabeath Avalos

Director

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

Ileana Alvarado

Director

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

Anamaria Bran

Director

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

Lilian Velazquez

Director

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.

Zuleika Gonzalez Perez

Zuleika Gonzalez Perez

Director

Zuleika Gonzalez Perez is a Paralegal licensed by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). Immigration Consultant licensed by Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Body (ICCRC). Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). Notary Public and Commissioner of Oaths by her Paralegal License. In 2019,  Zuleika started her own immigration practice, Astraea Immigration & Legal Services Corp. She was an English Professor at the University Oscar Lucero Mora, a youth organization member and an avid volunteer for various causes, including rebuilding a town after hurricane Ike hit Cuba in 2008, leaving massive destruction.

Zuleika joined Fuerza Latina as a Board Member in 2020. She has always been passionate about giving back to the community and looking forward to helping
people in the best way possible.

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