Currently in her final year at King David High School, Jacqueline is an avid international debater. Her passion for education let her to start a non-profit organization to educate young girls in Afghanistan; she has even traveled to the Philippines to speak about the importance of public speaking and education. Furthermore, engaging in discourse about global topics with those her age, she joined the CYC to ensure the voices of youth are heard. She hopes that her position at the CYC will allow her to engage and educate youth about prevalent matters they face.
Alisa has always been interested in learning about our world and applying that knowledge to help others. She enjoys Brazilian-jiu-jitsu and singing classes; Alisa also speaks four languages. Through her education at Jules Verne and visits abroad, she has acquired an understanding of how society functions. After years of contributing to her community through a variety of extracurricular and volunteer events, Alisa applied for the CYC to continue her advocacy. As a member of the francophone minority in BC, she has personally experienced the effects of limited resources. Alisa hopes to ensure that all minority communities, including the francophone community, have the resources they need to best support its members.
Sophie decided to apply to CYC for the opportunity to engage with and learn about issues relevant to her own community. She is currently the media coordinator and founding member of Sir Winston Churchill’s Youth Feminist Association, where she is a Gr. 12 student. She also volunteers as a tutor and takes Hebrew lessons. Born and raised in Vancouver; Sophie is cares deeply about the ongoing housing crisis. As a young person, she fears the increasing living costs and believes that this problem affects every income level and every facet of the community. Sophie is also passionate about immigration and refugees, and education.
Asha is in Gr. 10 at Little Flower Academy where she is a member of Student Council and a wide variety of activities such as debate, public speaking and Model UN. She decided to apply for the CYC so that she could have the chance to participate in policy discussions, meet other politically-minded youth, and bring new perspectives on local and national issues to the table. Among the many topics that she is interested in, Asha is most passionate about environmentalism. Through her blog (aftw.net), her work with organizations, and her short films, Asha works to promote youth awareness and engagement in environmental issues.
Katarina is a Gr. 11 at Little Flower Academy. She is an outgoing and outspoken young woman who finds pleasure in using her voice to help others. Katarina joined the youth council in order to become more involved in her community. She finds great importance in speaking up for those who cannot stand up for themselves and she strives to make a difference in their lives. Katarina is incredibly proud to serve as a member on the youth council and hopes to inspire other teens to do the same. Katarina hopes to serve as a positive female role model for other young women who are passionate and ambitious.
Harrison is a senior at Vancouver College. Interested in politics and helping the community, Harrison saw an opportunity in CYC and decided to apply after hearing the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould speak at VC. Harrison is passionate about issues such as social inequality, health care, indigenous rights and youth engagement in politics. In his spare time, he enjoys designing websites and apps, volunteering and being involved in Model UN and Debate, working with non-profits, solving calculus problems for fun, and eating out all the time.
Isobel enjoys chairing the Philosophy and Art History clubs at York House School, where she is a Grade 11 student. Upon hearing about CYC, she was excited at the prospect of being able to make a difference, and be involved with public policy development. She hopes to further her understanding of politics, and take on a more active role within her community. Isobel is interested in a wide variety of issues, however is particularly passionate about Education, Equality rights, Healthcare, and further reducing stigma and inaccessibility to Mental Health care. In her free time, Isobel enjoys participating in Senior Improv, School Reach, running in the Endowment Lands, and playing soccer.
Geneviève is currently attending École Secondaire Jules-Verne and she is delighted to be a part of CYC! Youth council grabbed her attention because it offered an unique opportunity to meet other like-minded youths and discuss a variety of issues. Geneviève is very involved in Model UN and enjoys volunteering for various organizations. As a member in CYC, she strives to learn about the issues affecting the people in her community and aims to contribute to find solutions for these causes.
Chris is corgi lover who is currently in his final year of high school at Sir Winston Churchill. In his spare time, he enjoys rugby, weightlifting, playing the piano/ guitar, and tutoring. He decided to apply to CYC because he thought it was a great opportunity to bridge the gap between youth and politic. Through CYC he is given a voice to have his ideas heard, while still being exposed to multiple perspectives on various issues. Chris is most passionate about are economic policies, such as taxes, minimum wage, and social programs.
Sebastian is a Grade 12 student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary who enjoys playing baseball, volunteering, and meeting new people. He volunteers at the Richmond animal shelter (RAPS), where he has petted over 500 cats, Science World, and runs several school clubs including baseball and physics club. Sebastian decided to apply for Youth Council to gain a better understanding of politics on a national and international level, and to be more informed on how he can best personally contribute.
Liam is currently a Grade 10 student at Vancouver College. At school, he explores his love of history and participates on the school’s rowing team. He applied for Youth Council after Minister Wilson-Raybould spoke at his school and sees the CYC as an opportunity to have his voice heard. Liam is a passionate mental health advocate who strongly believes in providing assistance to those with mental health issues. He hopes to see greater support for those with mental health issues who are living in poverty to ensure a future where all are given the chance at a good quality of life.
Felix is a competitive soccer player who is currently in his final year of high school at Jules Verne Secondary. He decided to apply for the CYC due to his interested in politics. When the chance came up to be involved in a council organized by Government, Felix decided that it was too special to pass. He is passionate about poverty as he strongly believes that everyone should have their basic needs in order to fulfill their potential. In his spare time, Felix thoroughly enjoys spending time with his pet chickens.
Stephanie is a Grade 11 student at Eric Hamber Secondary who is incredibly passionate about environmental sustainability. She enjoys dragon boating, photography, and hiking – in fact, over the summer Sophie learnt the first 100 digits of Pi. Sophie enjoys volunteering with non-profit organizations and participates in her school’s student council. She decided to apply for the CYC to learn more about government and meet new people.
Zainab is a competitive swimmer who also loves to sing, write, and read. She decided to apply to CYC to meet motivated young people, and discuss how young people can improve their community. She is extremely passionate about all social inequalities, our education system, poverty, and mental illness, as well as the often overarching lack of empathy and understanding in society today. Zainab has a blog called hopelyfe.com, where her and her peers discuss current events and ideas surrounding empathy, positivity, understanding, and respectful discussion.
Nellie is a Gr. 11 IB student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, where she partakes in debate and public speaking. Her love for global politics and current events has brought her to many tournaments across the globe. She believes that youth are key stakeholders in policy-making and is excited for the complex and meaningful discussions that the group will have. Nellie is passionate about gender equality, environmental protection, justice and fairness, and indigenous issues. In her spare time, Nellie plays jazz saxophone for her school band.
Sanam enjoys playing the piano, volunteering with children at the YMCA, participating in the Me to We and Air Cadet Programs. As a student at Churchill, he pursues his interests in first aid, anthropology, business, and history. Sanam applied to the CYC to better understand the political system. He also wants to learn about the issues that matter to youth in the riding and hear perspectives and opinions that may differ from his own. Sanam is interested in a variety of issues including immigration, indigenous issues, education, refugees and citizenship, and issues of marginalization.
Jeanna is a Gr. 11 student at LFA and is honoured to be a part of the Vancouver Granville CYC. Jeanna believes that a person’s voice is the most powerful tool they have in cultivating the type of meaningful change they want to see in the world, and she joined the CYC not only to talk about issues that mattered to her, but also so that she could listen to the voices of others. As a volunteer with a refugee sponsorship program, Jeanna hopes Canada continues to open its arms to people of all backgrounds, and she also advocates for equal, accessible, and affordable education and healthcare for everyone. When not engaging in the riveting world of politics, Jeanna enjoys attending public speaking competitions across the country, writing, and teaching people how to spell/pronounce her last name. Jeanna sincerely hopes that her experiences in the CYC will help inspire a greater passion for politics in other youth.
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