For the past 20 years, Nation has dedicated his professional and personal time to community development strategies with a focus on supporting young people in communities across Toronto. He has played many roles throughout his career that has led to social, cultural and systemic impact. He is a respected partnership builder, community animator, artist, musician, teacher and social change agent.
Nation served the Regent Park community for eight years through various youth, and homeless strategies and the revitalizing of Canada’s first social housing project. National went on to become Director of Community Engagement and Grants helping to lead the Youth Challenge Fund (YCF), a $46.6 million dollar investment in youth-led / youth-driven initiatives across Toronto’s inner suburban communities. The work focused on the needs of the city’s most underserved youth and led to the investment of 111 initiatives across the inner suburbs, including 17 legacy initiatives.
As United Way’s Vice President of Community Opportunities & Mobilization, he currently oversees the implementation of United Way’s Youth Success Strategy working with the provincial and municipal government, private sector partners, technology innovators and community agencies to tackle the employment challenges that over 80,000 youth face in the GTA. Additionally, he oversees the development of United Way’s Indigenous Collaboration Framework which will guide United Way’s work related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action.