United Way Youth Ambassador named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20

MISSISSAUGA (May 28, 2014) – United Way of Peel Region congratulates youth ambassador Wali Shah on being a recipient of this year’s Top 20 Under 20™ Award presented by Youth in Motion.

“Wali Shah does not have your typical story. But his passion to overcome obstacles and become an advocate for other young people are what truly sets him apart,” says Shelley White, president and CEO, United Way of Peel Region.

After spending a night behind bars, and facing charges of assault, Wali has turned his life around. He poured his passion into poetry and spoken word – finding a safe, creative and powerful medium to spread his message of anti-bullying and anti-violence.

“Wali is a valued member of the United Way family and a shining example of an individual who can truly make a difference,” White shared. “It was an honour to support his nomination.”

You can watch Wali’s video online.

You can read about the awards, and other recipients, at

About United Way of Peel Region
Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and motivate policy and attitude changes that lead to the improvement of people’s quality of life in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. United Way’s community investment focus is to help individuals and families move from a life of poverty to one full of possibilities, to ensure all children have the opportunity to be all they can be, and to build healthy, strong communities. For more information on United Way’s work in the community visit:

Media contacts:

Doris Mohrhardt | United Way of Peel Region | Desk: 905-602-3624 | Cell: 416-420-9975 | | @unitedwaypeel