BRILLIANT MINDED WOMEN FOUNDATION

The Brilliant Minded Women Foundation came to life in 2016 as a charitable extension of the Brilliant Minded Women Organization (Charity Registration Tax No.
78440 3727 RR0001).

The Brilliant Minded Women Foundation is a charity whose primary focus is to advance post-secondary education by providing publicly available scholarships and bursaries to female students throughout Canada. In addition, our foundation provides coaching and mentorship to the selected students to excel in their academic endeavours. The scholarship program is designed to assist and recognize the efforts and achievements of students who are making a difference in the world around them in small little measures that go a long way in shaping their personal lives and of those of the communities that they contribute to. These individuals have displayed a personal drive to pursue academics, whilst doing their bit for the world to make it a better place.

Our goal is to raise funds to provide scholarships to minimum of
14 young women every year. We are looking for organizations and individuals that are passionate about the cause of young leaders who will at some time be the face of the world, and are willing to support our endeavours with financial contributions.

OUR GOAL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

AGATA KLIMCZAK

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

Agata Klimczak is a founder and CEO of Brilliant Minded Women Organization since 2014. She is also Founder and President of Brilliant Minded Women Foundation. Agata graduated from Tourism and Hospitality Collage in Zywiec and studied early education at Pedagogic University in Czestochowa, Poland. 

 

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Between 1989 (when she arrived to Canada) and 2008- she become a mother to daughter Joanna and son Patrick; evaluated her Tourism and Hospitality Diploma at Niagara Collage and Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association; was teaching in the Polish school in St. Catharines; worked for 12 years in the management at the Casino Niagara in the marketing department and she was the owner of Vision in Life cosmetic company. From 2008 Agata grew into a successful, dynamic leader in network marketing industry and in various businesses. Agata is a firm believer in creating equal opportunities for women and furthering the development of society by encouraging women to stand tall on their beliefs and nurturing young leaders to pursue their dreams. To create a better world not just in the present but for generations to come is the fuel that keeps her moving.

JOHN KIEFTE

DIRECTOR, FUNDRAISING LIVING LEGACY ALBUM

 John Kiefte has a very diverse business background, both domestically and on an international basis.  He has had positions as a president, vice-president, marketing manager, national sales manager and as a director in a number of companies and industries. Having a marketing background, he has introduced a number environmental based products  into the business community. 

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His strengths are in his contacts and relationships, with the skilled ability to synergize the two.  His business acumen has taught him to develop long-term relationships and strategic alliances always striving for integrity and respect. The author of several books and various articles, he brings a great deal of experience and people skills to any organization.

NADIA ASFOUR

DIRECTOR, DONATIONS 

Nadia Asfour was born in Amman, Jordan. After graduating from her studies in Business Administration, she moved to Dubai with her husband, where she resided. When living in Dubai, Nadia worked in the banking industry for 20+ years until she and her family moved to Canada (Mississauga) in 2003. 

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Upon arriving in Canada, she owned and operated two Hero Burger Restaurants in Mississauga and Richmond Hill with her husband for over 10 years. Following a decade in the burger industry, Nadia Asfour open bridal and evening dresses boutique in Streetsville, Mississauga: Nana Couture. Since then, she is participating in many fashion shows and have her collection be seen on several runways and at charitable events where she donates dresses. Some of these events include the Mississauga Fashion Week, Fashion Circuit Series Fashion Show in support of the Trillium Health Partners Hospital & Foundation, and the Philopateer Christian College charitable event. In November 2017, Nadia Asfour was honored with the Business Development and Growth Award by Brilliant Minded Women Organization for her community involvement over the past years. She is excited to continue developing the brand and its impact within her community and expand to other communities as well. Nadia Asfour is featured in the” Living Legacy Brilliant Minds in Canada “documentary album.

RITA FRAGNITO

TREASURER, SECRETARY

Rita Fragnito is a committed volunteer in her community, a single parent of two and an avid traveler. She was born in Italy and moved to Canada when 8 years old. She completed her degree in Social Work at Ryerson University, and settled in Vancouver where she worked for Vancouver Tourism and the hospitality industry. 

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Years later Rita moved to Niagara Falls with her daughter Amanda and son Dante to pursue her carrier and she is working in management at the Casino Niagara in the Marketing Department for over 20 years. Community service is dear to Rita Fragnito’s heart as it has been inspired by her family members. She is on the Executive Board of Club Italia Ladies Auxiliary where she has chaired the Miss Club Italia Ambassador Program for 5 years and mentored several young women. She is also on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of Niagara Casinos and Down Syndrome Caring Parents Niagara.  Rita Fragnito was awarded the Niagara Falls Volunteer Recognition Award and the Ontario Volunteer Service Award and Brilliant Minded Women Award. She is also a part of the” Living Legacy Brilliant Minds in Canada “documentary album.

IWONA EWA KIREJCZYK

DIRECTOR, SCHOLARSHIP

Iwona Kirejczyk was born in Warsaw, Poland, and is the daughter of Lieutenant Krystyna Puławska – Wolska, who fought during the Warsaw Uprising in German-occupied Poland. In 1990 Iwona Kirejczyk immigrated to Canada with her husband Juliusz and their son, Michael. 

 

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She is a passionate teacher, holding a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Warsaw, and a Ph.D. from the University of Gdansk in the education of blind and visually impaired children. Iwona  taught geography at the Education Centre for Visually Impaired Children in Warsaw, as an Assistant Professor at the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, and as a teacher in Special Education, English as a Second Language, and for students who are visually impaired in the York Catholic District School Board, where she ultimately also became a bridge between the Polish community and English as a Second Language/English Literacy Development programs that helped recent immigrants integrate into Canadian society.Outside of education, Iwona Kirejczyk has volunteered with several Polish initiatives and associations. She is the former President of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences – Toronto Branch. Currently, Iwona also participate in the Canadian-Polish Millennium Fund in Toronto, as a Director of Scholarships in the Adam Mickiewicz Foundation and reads Polish literature to blind residents at Copernicus Lodge in Toronto.Iwona is a recipient of Brilliant Minded Women Award and part of the” Living Legacy Brilliant Minds in Canada “documentary album.

ANIELA GANCZAK

DIRECTOR, SCHOLARSHIP

Aniela Ganczak completed her Master of Science in Agriculture from the University of Lublin in 1980 and thereafter worked in Zamosc city, where she first served as an urban planner in the urban planning office and later worked with the city’s housing authority as Manager of Environmental Appropriation and Planning.  

 

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In 1992, Aniela Ganczak immigrated to Canada with her two daughters, Iwona and Magdalena. As a single mother, she quickly joined the ranks of the Polish community, contributing to Radio Maryja, setting up a charity abroad in Poland for impoverished children, and participating in choir. She soon also became president of Ladies of Hope (Koło Pań Nadzieja)—a charitable organization that aids those in need, be it individuals with health needs or vulnerable children and families—an active member of the Canadian-Polish Congress – Toronto Branch, and a Volunteer Coordinator at Copernicus Lodge—a long-term care facility. Aniela is a recipient of Brilliant Minded Women Award and part of the” Living Legacy Brilliant Minds in Canada “documentary album.

KENNETH MICHALAK

CHARITY ACCOUNTANT

Kenneth Michalak was born and rise in Toronto, Canada. In 1973 he graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo with bachelor degree in business administration and he obtained Certified General Accountant/ Chartered Professional Accountant in 1987. Additionally in 1998 he became Certified Financial Planner. 

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Ken is a father to daughter Lindsay and her husband Andrew. A huge philanthropist and humanitarian. Mentor and inspiration to many students, organizations and charities. Ken Michalak is a recipient of St. Stanislaus Order. He is also a huge wine connoisseur and fisherman, recently was awarded with WSET LEVEL2 AWARD IN WINES.

SANJU GANGLANI

DIRECTOR, MEDIA

Sanju is an entrepreneur, and understands what level of dedication and support is necessary to help make a business successful. Sanju has worked with companies from single person entrepreneurs to fortune 500 companies globally. For over 10 years, gang&lani media has been serving the global business community with offices in Canada, USA and the UK. 

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OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Across the past 5 years, The Brilliant Minded Women Organization and Foundation have been able to financially support the mission of providing for, and helping with the growth of scholars, contributing to the growth of other charities and organizations. All of this, through scholarships, aids, mentorship and learning opportunities with the same perseverance that we first set out on the path for betterment.  Our cause is a universal cause and we will continue to strive to achieve our goals towards the upliftment of leaders of tomorrow.

A brief snapshot of the force that the Brilliant Minded Women Organization and Foundation have come to be reckoned with.

Year 2020 – 2021

  1. 1. $24,000 – Provided Scholarships:
    • Nicole Kostrubiec- $17,000.00
    • Andrew Sudyk -$2,200.00
    • Nesrine Thabet -$1,700.00
    • Evelyn Bailey -$1,000.00
    • Margaret Cordova – $800.00
    • Mark Sudyk – $200.00 and Max Kostiw – $200.00
    • Clara De La Prava – $300.00; Eva Sibaeva -$300.00; Sarah Whilock -$300.00
  2. 2. $16,200.00 – Gave Support to Communities and Organizations
    • $3,000.00 – I.D.A Ballet School
    • $3,500.00 – “Million Dollar Smiles “Organization toward sick children playgrounds
    • $3,000.00 – “Veteran Retreats Foundation” toward supporting veterans’ children
    • $1,500.00 – “Canadian-Polish Congress” toward supporting youth
    • $1,000.00 – “Three Beats Foundation” toward supporting children who lost their parent to cancer
    • $1,000.00 – “Toys Drive Thru Foundation” toward Christmas gifts for children
    • $1,000.00 – “Nana Couture” – support donation of 24 dresses for Ballet School
    • $1,000.00 – Mona Amine Osman – toward provide help for Unprivileged Lebanese Families
    • $1,000.00 – “Mind and Body Solution” toward treatments supporting mental health well being
    • $200.00 – “Ontario Trillium Foundation” toward Trillium Hospital
  3. 3. $32.000.00 Additional Accomplishments’
    • $5,000.00 – Designed and Printed “Gold Book of Donors and Sponsors” Leather Hard Cover 20 Copies (Toward Acknowledgment of Exceptional Supporters)
    • $7,000.00 – – Recognized and Awarded 7 Outstanding Sponsors with Order of St. Stanislaus
    • $20,000.00 – Supported Cost of “Brilliant Talks” Mentorship Events open to Public
    • Supported and Helped Seniors with Daily Routines and Needs.

Year 2018 & 2019

  1. $3,000.00 – Support The Cost Of “Courageous Living” Mentorship Course For 10 Student
  2. $242,000.00 – Creating “Living Legacy Brilliant Minds In Canada” Album & Printing 20,000 Hard Cover Copies (Educational & Inspirational Pr0ject Toward Leadership Of Today & Tomorrow)
  3. $5,000.00 – Creating & Printing 2,000 Biographies Of 100 Awardees Of Brilliant Minded Women Organization (Educational & Inspirational Project Of Introduction 100 Exceptional Women From Over 30 Countries
  4. $38,300.00 – Provided Scholarships
    • Nicole Kostrubiec- $17,000.00
    • Natalie Castro -$6,000.00
    • Nicole Ballve -$5,000.00
    • Emilia Torres -$5,000.00
    • Olivia Kawecki; Karina Grzywa; Margaret Cordova; Maria Lima; Mariana Jimenez; Giovanna Romero; Valerie Villalba – $3.500.00 (= 7 Students X $500.00 Each)
    • I.D.A. Ballet School – $1,500.00
    • Support Cost For Students/Performers – $300.00
  5. Support Toward Communities & Their Organizations
    • $200.00 – Donated To “Heart To Heart” Non For Profit Organization Toward Free Christmas Eve Dinner
    • $200.00 – Donated To “Million Dollar Smiles” Non For Profit Organization Toward Christmas Gifts For Children
    • $ 200.00 – Supported Cost Toward New Baner For School Nr 105 In Warsaw, Poland
    • $10,000.00 – Supported The Cost Of Translations Of The Album To Different Languages
    • $3,750.00 – Supported Cost For Female & Male Students Attending Annual Galas & Vip Events
    • Attended Events Toward Found Reising
    • Helped Organized & Mentor New Comers Events
    • Donated Gifts; Dresses, Clothes For Unprivileged Families
    • Organized Donations & Delivered To The Communities
    • Organized Goods & Gifts (Over 800 Lbs & $30,000.00 Value) For Underpriviladged People.
    • Spoke & Mentored At The Public Events About Leadership Skills (Locally & Internationally)
    • Volunteered At The Events Toward Good Cause & Fund Raising

Year 2016 – 2017

  1. $10,000.00 – Organized Educational Events & Sessions:
    • Think & Grow Rich Institute (Satish Verna)
    • Financial Companies
    • Insurance Companies
    • Psychologists & Physiotherapists
    • Real Estate, Mortgages & Investment Companies
    • Networking Business Leaders (Shane Morand, Patrick Klimczak, Andre Ratajczak, Rain International Corp., Visi Corp.)
    • Health & Wellness Leaders (Sabina De Vita, Joanne Pearce, Danuta Domurad, Gabriela Nowak, Fern Wolf)
    • Hair & Makeup Sessions – (Inglot; Ivana Make-Up)
  2. $18,000.00 – Provided Scholarships
    • Natalia Jureczek – $17,000.00
    • Olivia Kawecki – $500,00
    • Marilyn Marco – $500,00

Year 2014 & 2015

  1. $3,500.00 – “Canadian Center For Abuse Awareness” Charity:
    • Provided Cheque For $2000.00 Toward Charity Needs
    • Support The Cost For 10 Guests Attending Annual Gala Dinner & Gifts
    • Donated Clothes & Accessories For Women & Children
    • Helped The Charity To Organized Their Warehouse
  2. $1,500.00 – “Think & Grow Reach” Institute
    • Provided The Coaching Program For 10 Students With Mentor & President, Satish Verna
  3. $1,000.00 – “Trust 15” Charity
    • Support The Cost For 10 Underprivileged Girls To Attend Annual Gala Dinner & Provided Gifts For Them
  4. $30,000.00 – Organized Coaching & Mentorship Sessions & Trainings With International Speakers:
    • Christian Steinkeller &
    • Stephan Steinkeller
    • Michelle Peavy
    • Sharon Lechter