Gen Next

Young professionals shaping the future of their community

Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy

The Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy is presented annually to two young professionals for their charitable giving and outstanding work in their community. Winners of this award receive $2,000 to invest in their professional development or philanthropic endeavours.

Thank you for your interest in this year’s Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy, but application is currently closed!

Recipients will be announced March, 14, 2024.

Gabriella Wong Ken

Together with a few close friends and family members, Gabriella started The Hatch, a community group that provides barrier-free access to food and other essentials while promoting community collaboration to address social issues. The Hatch currently operates a community fridge at the Rosscarrock hall and a community pantry outside the Women’s Centre of Calgary.

Through The Hatch, Gabriella also helped develop a free on-line and printed handbook to encourage others to start their own community fridges, sharing the learnings that the group had seen from their own experience.

Gabriella Wong Ken - Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy

Alyssa Dewar

Alyssa leads Raising Spirits, an annual fundraiser event that has supported the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation to fund the highest priority needs of the hospital. In 2022, over 200 people attended the event, raising an impressive $102,000 towards supporting children’s mental health.

Alyssa also led Deloitte’s United Way campaign for three years and has been involved with other local charities including Closer to Home and the Drop-In Centre.

Alyssa plans to donate the $2,000 to Raising Spirits as a way to kick off their 2023 fundraising!

Get involved with Gen Next

What’s the best way for young professionals to create social change and connect face-to-face over philanthropy? Gen Next! This exclusive United Way program brings together local changemakers in their 20s and 30s to take action and inspire the next generation of community leaders.

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Gen Next events bring together professionals in their 20s and 30s to network and chat about how to make an impact on the community.

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This flagship program for our next generation of community leaders offers public speaking training, volunteer opportunities and networking with business leaders.

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Gen Next Committee


Colin Man

Sherry Sweeney
TD Bank Group

Committee Members

Claudia Belanger
Chubb Insurance

Racha El-Dib
Community Member

Zachary Hertz
Peters & Co

Jermyn K.Y.Voon
Community Member

Kendra MacLean
Heritage Royalty

Archita Nankoo

Jessica Robichand

Marcus Rocque
Arc Financial

Jacqueline Smith
McKinsey & Co

Mark Tully

Ange Wall
NuVista Energy Ltd.

Thank you to our sponsor

ARC Financial Corp

Gen Next is proudly sponsored by ARC Financial Corp.

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