GenNexters mix it up.

GenNext Fall Mixer brings together caring leaders.

National Leasing played host for the GenNext Fall Mixer on Thursday, and about 50 GenNexters heard about the work of United Way and a call to leadership.

“When we step down from what we do it will be your generation and you that take up the mantle,” said Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg CEO Ron Brown.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg CEO Rob Brown talks to GenNexters.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg CEO Rob Brown talks to GenNexters at National Leasing.

Ron spoke of his organization’s important work – how 10 after school sites bring positive mentorship and activities to about 2000 kids.

Without the generosity of Winnipeggers, through United Way, “about half of our organization would shut down,” Ron said.

“We have a great United Way in Winnipeg. It’s really good at what it does.”

GenNexters from National Leasing and other organizations enjoyed food and refreshments and grooved to Jamil the DJ and Mav-One spinning tracks.

GenNexters at Fall Mixer

 Jamil the DJ (right) and Mav-One (left) let Adam Smoluk take the wheel

Jamil the DJ (right) and Mav-One (left) let Adam Smoluk take the wheel.

“It’s a mixer!” said GenNext Council chair Adam Smoluk, a program manager at Film Training Manitoba.

“It’s a chance for us to get together, network, and talk about the things we’ve got planned with United Way and for the city.”

Adam was rubbing shoulders with past council chairs Paul Lacap, a director at Direct Focus, and Gurpreet Brar, director of consulting and deals at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Former United Way GenNext Council chairs Paul Lacap (left) and Gurpreet Brar flank current chair Adam Smoluk.

Former United Way GenNext Council chairs Paul Lacap (left) and Gurpreet Brar flank current chair Adam Smoluk.

“I’m still involved and excited to see more and more people getting involved,” said Paul.

“Every single one of us needs to put our passion forward and participate. There’s about 200,000 in Winnipeg in our age demo, imagine if all those people engaged in something they’re passionate about. What would the city look like after that? It would be amazing.”

National Leasing GenNext Ambassador Committee co-chair Erin Peikoff said the initial year of GenNext at the organization has been a learning experience.

National Leasing's GenNext Ambassador Committee co-chairs Erin Peikoff (left) and Jay Leslie (right) with United Way GenNext manager Dan Robinson.

National Leasing’s GenNext Ambassador Committee co-chairs Erin Peikoff (left) and Jay Leslie (right) with United Way GenNext manager Dan Robinson.

“It’s been eye-opening to get out and see some of the agencies United Way supports, and hear about what they do. It becomes much more personal.”

National Leasing GenNexters did a Day of Caring at West Broadway Youth Outreach, and also ran a collection drive and fundraising BBQ to deliver loads of summer-related items for kids to Spence Neighbourhood Association.

The mixer was the last GenNext event at National Leasing before their 2015 United Way campaign begins.

GenNext mixer

National Leasing’s Employee Campaign Chair for the coming campaign, Brent Cantafio, was impressed with the turnout.

“This is my first exposure to GenNext – my first event. It’s amazing to see how many people – younger people – are involved and enjoying it. I think it helps people grasp the importance of community and how important it is to be involved.”

Learn more about GenNext and how you can get involved here.

GenNext mixer