The Students Commission of Canada

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Students Commission Partners A map of Canada with pins indicating where the Students Commission is working with others to support youth well-being. To view list of partners click "Partners List" link, below. Clicking on the map will give you a tour of our Network of Partners.

Students Commission of Canada's Network of Partners

We co-ordinate three national networks: Youth/Adult Partnership, Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, and Sharing the Stories, plus several local and regional networks. For more detail see What We Do or contact our Central Node.

Victoria, BC: Nishad Khanna, Manager of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement. Tel: (250) 412-4131

Golden, BC: Golden Youth Centre, Sharing the Stories subscriber and youth-adult partnership network youth program site. Mike Symons. Tel: (250) 344-4940

Edmonton, AB: Canadian Native Friendship Centre, Sharing the Stories subscriber. Tel: (780) 761-1900

Saskatoon, SK: Prairie Regional Node of the SCC, close to 100 partners support youth-adult partnership network youth programs and Sharing the Stories. Dave Shanks Tel: (306) 260-3309

Region surrounding Saskatoon, SK: Saskatoon Tribal Council, Sharing the Stories subscriber. General Enquiries Tel: (306) 956-6100

North Battleford, SK: Sharing the Stories Subscriber and youth-adult partnership network youth program site. Tel: (306) 445-1700

Winnipeg, MB: Ma Mama Wi Chi Itata: youth-adult partnership network youth program site. Email: info@mamawi.com Tel: (204) 925-0300

Thunder Bay, ON: Regional Multicultural Youth Centre: youth adult partnership network youth program site

Toronto, ON: Central Canada Regional Node of the SCC, close to 200 partners who are a part of the youth-adult partnership network and the Sharing the Stories subscribers. Email: info@studentscommission.ca Tel: (416) 597-8297

Humber College, ON: a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

St. Catherine's, ON: Brock University, a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

Simcoe County, ON: New Path Youth and Family Services: Sharing the Stories Subscriber and Youth-Adult Partnership Program Site

Prince Edward County, ON: Greater Than Youth County Collective, a collective impact project focused on improving High School graduation rates for rural Youth. Email inquiries

KFLA, ON: Youth2Kingston Frontenac-Lennox & Addington (Y2KFLA), a collaborative project focused on making the region more youth friendly and inclusive. Contact: Noor ul Huda General inquiries

Lennoxville, Québec: Bishop's University a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

Manouane First Nation, Québec: a youth-adult partnership network program site

St. John's, NFLD: Choices for Youth, youth-adult partnership network program site. Tel: (709) 754-0446

Fredericton, NB: St. Thomas University, a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement.

Halifax, NS: Wisdom2Action, a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement. Email inquiries | (902) 494-4369

Summerside, PEI: Generation XX, Sharing the Stories subscriber and the youth-adult partnership network program site. Email inquiries | (902) 436-7699

Whitehorse, YT BYTE-Empowering Youth, a Sharing the Stories subscriber and youth-adult partnership network program site. Email inquiries

Yellowknife, NT: Organization Name, TBD

Iqaluit, NU: Youth-adult partnership network program site

We co-ordinate three national networks: Youth/Adult Partnership, Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, and Sharing the Stories, plus several local and regional networks. For more detail see What We Door

British Columbia

Victoria, BC: Nishad Khanna, Manager of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement. Tel: (250) 412-4131

Golden, BC: Golden Youth Centre, Sharing the Stories subscriber and youth-adult partnership network youth program site. Mike Symons. Tel: (250) 344-4940

Alberta

Edmonton, AB: Canadian Native Friendship Centre, Sharing the Stories subscriber. Tel: (780) 761-1900

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK: Prairie Regional Node of the SCC, close to 100 partners support youth-adult partnership network youth programs and Sharing the Stories. Dave Shanks Tel: (306) 260-3309

Region surrounding Saskatoon, SK: Saskatoon Tribal Council, Sharing the Stories subscriber. General Enquiries Tel: (306) 956-6100

North Battleford, SK: Sharing the Stories Subscriber and youth-adult partnership network youth program site. Tel: (306) 445-1700

Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB: Ma Mama Wi Chi Itata: youth-adult partnership network youth program site. Email: info@mamawi.com Tel: (204) 925-0300

Ontario

Thunder Bay, ON: Regional Multicultural Youth Centre: youth adult partnership network youth program site

Toronto, ON: Central Canada Regional Node of the SCC, close to 200 partners who are a part of the youth-adult partnership network and the Sharing the Stories subscribers. Email: info@studentscommission.ca Tel: (416) 597-8297

Humber College, ON: a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

St. Catherine's, ON: Brock University, a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

Simcoe County, ON: New Path Youth and Family Services: Sharing the Stories Subscriber and Youth-Adult Partnership Program Site

Prince Edward County, ON: Greater Than Youth County Collective, a collective impact project focused on improving High School graduation rates for rural Youth. Email inquiries

KFLA, ON: Youth2Kingston Frontenac-Lennox & Addington (Y2KFLA), a collaborative project focused on making the region more youth friendly and inclusive. Contact: Noor ul Huda General inquiries

Québec

Lennoxville, Québec: Bishop's University a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

Manouane First Nation, Québec: a youth-adult partnership network program site

Newfoundland

St. John's, NFLD: Choices for Youth, youth-adult partnership network program site. Tel: (709) 754-0446

New Brunswick

Fredericton, NB: St. Thomas University, a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement.

Nova Scotia

Halifax, NS: Wisdom2Action, a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement. Email inquiries | (902) 494-4369

Prince Edward Island

Summerside, PEI: Generation XX, Sharing the Stories subscriber and the youth-adult partnership network program site. Email inquiries | (902) 436-7699

Yukon

Whitehorse, YT BYTE-Empowering Youth, a Sharing the Stories subscriber and youth-adult partnership network program site. Email inquiries

Northwest Territories

Yellowknife, NT: Organization Name, TBD

Nunavut

Iqaluit, NU: Youth-adult partnership network program site

The Students Commission of Canada Statement of Purpose

Purpose: The SCC is a charitable organization that purposefully works with others to ensure that young people are valued, heard and their ideas for improving themselves, the lives of their peers and communities are put into action.

Our desired outcome: A world where all young people transition positively into a successful adulthood.

Our Four Pillars: Respect, Listen, Understand, Communicate™

Respect

Young woman speaking

We start with respect for the gift and strength that each person carries within: for young people, their idealism and their capacity to improve the world.

Listen

Young man listening

With respect as our foundation, we learn to listen. We listen not just with our ears, but with our heads, hearts and all of our senses. We listen actively, intensely, not just to words, but to silences, to deeds, to experiences.

Understand

Young people reflecting on what they've heard

To understand is to go beyond listening, to process what we have heard from others, to reflect upon the new knowledge and gifts given to us.

Communicate

Youth smiling

The beginning of action, this is when the obstacles fall away. We create plans with others and implement them to make a positive difference in our world.

Our Strategic Priorities

Our focus is to stay small, incubate ideas directly with youth, and work in partnership in all projects with youth and other organizations. We focus on being a node in the web of Canadian organizations and institutions that promotes the exchange of knowledge and expertise among youth and organizations to promote all youth thriving in a healthy Canada.

Knowledge represented as a cartoon brain that is picked up and carried by a running young person. Knowledge in action.

Turn Knowledge into Action and Action into Knowledge

  1. Capture knowledge and tell stories about what's working and not working for Canadian youth.
  2. Increase and share the evidence-base for decision-making related to effective youth programming and development.
  3. Young people generate and use evidence to take action on issues that matter to them.
Three arms joined by interlocking hands.

Strengthen Networks

  1. Champion youth-led initiatives, provide and advance youth opportunities to network with each other.
  2. Work with others shape a positive future for all young Canadians.
  3. Build capacity, connections and understanding among youth and organizations.
Several nodes on a network appear above a foreground node. All nodes are connected by dotted lines representing two-way communication and sharing.

Strengthen our function as a Node in the Youth Well-Being Network

  1. Continue to reflect upon, refine and execute our specific skill sets to contribute to the network purpose.
  2. Continue to strengthen and diversify our funding sources to sustain our activities over longer periods of time without financial pressures.
  3. Continue to hire young people and support our staff, volunteers with professional development.
A group of diverse youth appear in a circle around the letter C. Culture.

Our Culture

  1. We incubate and innovate with youth and, because we do, we generate sparks for positive change.
  2. We work in youth-adult partnerships and, because we do, young people's voices are influential in improving their lives and the lives of their peers.
  3. We work with partners and, because we do, we are inclusive and supportive, building community and strengthening a network of partners dedicated to youth thriving.
  4. We turn knowledge into action, and action into knowledge and, because we do, we are constantly learning and improving our process, as well as those of others.
  5. We work with vision and passion and strive to integrate head, heart, feet and spirit in all that we do.

Our Board of Directors

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Brina Ludwig-Prout
Chair, elected 2018

Brina Ludwig-Prout

Brina is a change management & project management expert with over 20 years experience as an independent consultant. She specializes in implementing large, complex, strategic projects and is a certified Human Resource Leader with a background in operations and information technology management. Known for her collaborative, inclusive style, Brina has consulted to senior levels in corporate Canada for much of her career and now also consults to emerging entrepreneurs and organizations in the social enterprise field. Brina is passionate about inter-generational collaboration, diversity and inclusion and ensures that mentoring is a key component of any contract she undertakes. She has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council's (TRIEC) Connector Program; a Strategic Advisor to the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Ontario; and, an inaugural member of the League of Intrapreneurs, Canada. Brina has a certificate in Medicine Wheel Facilitation from the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Child Development Institute.

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Stephanie Clark
Vice-Chair, elected 2018

Stephanie Clark

Recreation Services Manager, City of Iqaluit

Involved in the Students Commission network since the late 1990s in Saskatoon, Stephanie joined the SCC family out in Toronto in the carefree days of the early 2000s. Here she found support for her involvement in projects that sharpened her engagement skills and crossed her path with countless young people that fundamentally shaped the way she looks at youth, the community and life. Stephanie stepped away from The Students Commission for a few years to try her hand at managing housing programs for youth. After five years of that eventually Stephanie found her way to Iqaluit where she currently oversees community programs for the Recreation Department with the City.

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Romil Dharia
Treasurer, elected 2017

Romil Dharia

Senior Risk Analyst, President's Choice Bank

Romil attended his first SCC conference in 2007 and has been hooked on youth engagement ever since. Romil has had the pleasure of working with and for the SCC through various roles including volunteer, facilitator, conference planner, project coordinator, and now, with the Board. He believes in the power of bringing diverse young people together and watching the magic unfold. In his spare time, he enjoys podcasts, comedy shows, traveling, physical exercise, and coffee.

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Gina Jeneroux
Director, elected 2018

Gina Jeneroux

As Chief Learning Officer for BMO Financial Group, Gina Jeneroux leads the company's focus on advancing performance through learning.

Gina is accountable for enterprise learning strategy, design, operations and governance. She also manages BMO's corporate university – the Institute for Learning in Toronto – as well as learning sites in Montreal and Naperville.

Gina leads a diverse team of strategists, learning and experience designers, marketers, operational experts and hospitality professionals. They work with partners across the company to create innovative solutions that support all of the ways in which employees learn – for today's job, for tomorrow's career, and as they follow their personal passions. The goal is to build a culture of curiosity, agility and continuous learning, to engage and inspire employees, boldly meet the needs of our customers and drive results.

Gina is a business-focused professional, designer and storyteller who sparks new ways of thinking. Through more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Gina has built a reputation for innovation, thought leadership and action. She has deep experience in frontline banking, human-centred design, and strategies and solutions that make an impact.

She holds an MBA, Financial Services from Dalhousie University, and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

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Lanny Libby
Director, elected 2018

Lanny Libby

Lanny is a community developer with a strong background on civic engagement, social research and community capacity building with diverse groups from a variety of intersectional experiences and backgrounds. She got involved with the Students Commission after immigrating from Colombia as a teenager and has been an avid support of the organization ever since. Lanny worked for the SCC BC office implementing youth engagement projects and facilitating international conferences in her 20s and now she is very excited to be part of the board. Lanny is a mother of four kids and currently works for the City of Vancouver Social Policy Department as a planning analyst.

Our Staff

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Sharif Mahdy
Executive Director

Sharif Mahdy
sharif@studentscommission.ca

Sharif is the Executive Director of the Students Commission of Canada (SCC). Sharif has been with the SCC since 2010 when he joined the organization as a project coordinator. Sharif has an Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. He also has a Masters of Arts in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University. Sharif loves canoeing, being in the outdoors, dancing like no one's watching, working out and hanging out with his cat Zoey! If Sharif had a warning label it would say “Extrovert ALERT!”, if he had a superpower he would want to be able to fly!

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Christa Romaldi
Associate Director

Christa Romaldi
christa@studentscommission.ca

Christa is an adventurous and energetic person, with a love of the outdoors, reading and traveling. She has been to Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa and has extensively traveled North America; in many of these contexts she was working with children and youth. In fact, Christa has been working with children and youth for over 15 years: designing, implementing and supervising programs in various capacities and with diverse populations. She has spent the last 6 years supporting youth leadership and youth engagement in Canada, through organizational and personal mentorship, research and evaluation, and systems change projects, like Students Commission Collective Impact Toronto Youth.

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Nishad Khanna
Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement Network Manager

Nishad Khanna
nish@studentscommission.ca

Nish has worked with the Students Commission since 2002. He has been involved in developing and implementing various youth programs, events and youth-engaged research with the Students Commission, organizational partners and academic partners. Nish has a long history with the community-university partnerships we have developed over the past 10 years, as well as experience facilitating youth participatory action research. If he had a warning label, it would be "Asks inconvenient questions.

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Stoney McCart
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Stoney McCart
stoney@studentscommission.ca

Stoney, a co-founder of the Students Commission of Canada, began her journey at the SCC's first-ever conference in 1991 as an adult ally from Tiny Giant (TG) magazine. As publisher of TG, Stoney had converted an adult-written youth magazine into a youth-directed voice with an editorial board of 100 students from across Canada, reaching every high school in the country. As Executive Director of SCC from 1992 to 2017, she supported youth across Canada to turn their expressions of their ideas into action. She also helped establish and lead the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement to establish an evidence base for youth-driven work. Now, as SCC's Director of Strategic Partnerships. she is focussed on generating big ideas with partnering organizations, youth and adult allies that will enhance and amplify positive futures for all youth in Canada.

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Shanti MacFronton
Knowledge in Action Manager

Shanti MacFronton
shanti@studentscommission.ca

Shanti leads knowledge mobilization and youth strategy development at the SCC. She enjoys finding creative ways to share information to different audiences and cares deeply about amplifying the voices of young people. She continues to be inspired by young people's genuine care for the world, their willingness to take risks, and their resilience in the face of challenges. Shanti loves to talk big picture and vision theories of change, but she also drives the details as a seasoned project manager. Shanti studied English and Communications at Simon Fraser University and worked with children and youth in BC for over 10 years before moving to Ontario and starting with the SCC in 2012. When she's not working, Shanti loves to get creative in the kitchen, craft, be outdoors, and spend time with her amazing little kiddos and her partner.

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Todd Ward
Art Director

Todd Ward
todd@studentscommission.ca

Todd has been with the Students Commission from its beginning in 1991. A great believer in youth-adult partnership he combines a passion for the visual arts with a desire to encourage young people to share their thoughts and experience visually and affect positive change. In collaboration with youth he designs messaging that is relevant and meaningful for young people and the youth-serving organizations that promote youth well-being. He believes that, whether you're young or old, being part of something bigger than ourselves empowers us all. If Todd had a label it would read "Grey is the new silver".

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Jodi Basch
Network Analyst

Jodi Basch
jodi@studentscommission.ca

Jodi is a PhD student at Queen’s University and is interested in exploring how post-secondary student leaders cultivate resilience as they transition from high school to university. Jodi is also a Registered Psychotherapist and believes in drawing from her professional practice to inform her research, and her research to inform her professional practice. She works with students, community members, and first responders. Jodi is working as a data analyst for the Students Commission and is inspired by the various youth-led initiatives and their diverse voices.

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Kwaku Agyemang
#CanadaWeWant Network Lead

Kwaku Agyemang
kwaku@studentscommission.ca

Kwaku is the #CanadaWeWant Network Lead. His day to day consists of facilitating national and local SC projects and running our weekly Toronto youth group, YDM 416. He also supports the #CanadaWeWant movement through content development, storytelling and facilitation. Kwaku is studying Media Production at Ryerson University. Growing up in the neighborhood of Rexdale in Toronto, Kwaku has always had a passion for amplifying youth voice and mentoring his peers. This is exemplified through his work in his community to improve the quality of education of young men with Trust 15's Men of Distinction youth empowerment program.

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Dave Shanks
Associate Director (Prairie Region)

Dave Shanks
dave@studentscommission.ca

I love this job because I get to see young people's ideas put into action. I want to live in a city, and province and a country that values and cares about children and youth.

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Waltta Kadane Headley
Youth-Adult Partnership Network Coordinator

Waltta Kadane Headley
kadane@studentscommission.ca

Kadane is on Parental Leave. She is a certified Child and Youth Care practitioner who has experience working with children, youth and adults in community, residential & healthcare settings. These opportunities have provided her with teachings and personal experiences that contribute significantly to her relational practice along with strong foundations in meaningful youth engagement and The 4 Pillars: Respect, Listen, Understand, Comminicate ™!

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Kristin Wheatcroft
Greater Than Network Coordinator

Kristin Wheatcroft
kristin@studentscommission.ca

As a young person, Kristin was an all Scarborough standing-long-jump champion, an avid hitchhiker and a food justice advocate. She channels that same energy into community development with youth in her adopted home of Prince Edward County, Ontario where she lives with her partner and 2 young kids.

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Florence Bergeron
Network Analyst

Florence Bergeron
florence@studentscommission.ca

Florence is a full-time network analyst for the Students Commission since 2019. After completing an Honours Bachelor in psychology and a graduate certificate in knowledge mobilization, she realized how important it is to share the results of studies and program evaluations to the communities to help them improve practices and policies. By being a part of SCC, she feels like she can actively take part in this mission with a group of devoted people. Florence is a positive and passionate person, a big foodie, and a CrossFit amateur.

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Zahra Hassan Doualeh
Network Facilitator

Zahra Hassan Doualeh
zahra@studentscommission.ca

Zahra is a Network Facilitator for the Students Commission. She joined the team in July of 2020 after attending and facilitating two #CanadaWeWant conferences. After being heavily involved in her own community in Québec city and leading multiple committees. Through SOPAR De Rochebelle, she worked with a group of youth in her community to raise fund for 35 wells in rural India over the course of 4 years in partnership with an international development organization. Zahra is passionate about supporting youth community engagement which she gets to do by supporting the #CanadaWeWant Facilitator Roster. She is grateful to have the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to youth empowerment.

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Ashlynn Bui
Practicum Student (Ryerson)

Ashlynn Bui
ashlynn@studentscommission.ca

Ashlynn is a 4th year Ryerson University Social Work Student who is doing her placement at the Students Commission. She hopes to carry on with her studies by applying for her Masters. Her experience working with youth from across Toronto and the GTA motivates her work to continue to value young people’s ideas and voices. As a young person herself, she enjoys the outdoors and activities such as rock climbing. In addition to her sporty-side, Ashlynn also enjoys doing art and listening to music. Growing up in Toronto, she found that in a busy city little attention was paid to young people living there. With that, Ashlynn strives for communities where young people are valued and their voices are heard.

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Amber Lockwood
Network Coordinator

Amber Lockwood
amber@studentscommission.ca

Amber is the Network Coordinator of Youth 2 Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (Y2KFL&A), a project of the Students Commission of Canada. Amber has been working with children and youth for as long as she can remember and strives to show young people that they can better themselves and their communities. Amber is an educator at heart and has worked in a variety of Special Education classrooms for the Limestone District School Board and has spent ten years working in summer camps and other child and youth recreation settings. Her work with the SCC has allowed Amber to combine all her favourite parts of teaching, camp, and community organizing, and she is excited to continue providing youth with variety of unique platforms to share their voice and make lasting change.

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Maria (Mia) Fletcher
Network Coordinator

Maria (Mia) Fletcher
maria.fletcher@studentscommission.ca

My name is Maria but my friends call me Mia. I’m married to my wonderful partner who lights up my world, and we have two subpar cat children who eat all our money away. I immigrated to Canada when I was young and have lived in Scarborough for over 20 years; I adore being part of a community that's a melting pot of disparate rhythms and cultures. I have my degree in Child and Youth Care and have specialized in project management and youth engagement. Since I have started working with young people, they have continuously helped me open my mind and become increasingly empathetic. I am grateful that I currently have the opportunity to be working with young people from all across Canada.

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KD Voss
Network Facilitator

KD Voss
kdvoss@studentscommission.ca

KD is a Network Facilitator for the Students Commission of Canada. They officially joined the team June 2020 however they were first introduced to the SCC in 2013 at the Top Left Conference. Growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, KD worked with local and provincial organizations to help improve the quality of life for vulnerable youth in his community and sat on the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities from 2014-2016 advising on provincial youth policy and programs, amplifying the voices of remote youth in Northern Ontario. They have always strived to ensure policy and decision makers properly engage with the young demographics of their communities and that they have a vital role in decisions that affect them. KD graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Women and Gender Studies from Lakehead University. They are now residing in Oakville, Ontario working from the Toronto office.

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Gray Zaidlin
Network Analyst

Gray Zaidlin
gray.zaidlin@studentscommission.ca

I was a camp counselor for 6 years, which lead to a passion for working with youth to foster positive relationships and communities. Working with the SCC has allowed me to meet similarly passionate folks as we work toward building a better future for young people! I am also a master of public health candidate, and my work with the SCC has been an excellent addition to my education in the field.

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Paige Morgan
Data Integrity Lead

Paige Morgan
paige@studentscommission.ca

I was born and raised in Nova Scotia - without much access to youth programming - and had a hard time making the transition to living in Toronto. After a few years of trying to find and maintain steady employment, I was connected to the Students Commission through a job program for at-risk youth. The motivation to do this work comes easily because I know firsthand the impact these programs can, and do, have for young people. Tel: 416-597-8297.

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Amanda Bellefeuille
Network Coordinator

Amanda Bellefeuille
amandab@studentscommission.ca

Amanda is a Network Coordinator for SCC. She is a community builder who thrives when she is innovating and creating with a team of dedicated collaborators. She loves meeting new people and hearing their stories. Amanda is passionate about listening to and getting to know youth and enjoys co-creating on youth-led projects. She is a certified teacher in Ontario, and holds a Masters in Peace and Conflict studies, which helps drive her curiosity about how people build bridges and create healthy communities. She is excited to be part of the SCC because they centre youth experience and are serious about making positive changes. When she’s not working, you will find Amanda gallivanting in the woods, meeting a friend for bougie coffee, philosophizing on the meaning of life, or combing the racks of Value Village for the next great find.

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Serena Surujbali
Culture and Finance Manager

Serena Surujbali
serena@studentscommission.ca

Serena is passionate about amplifying the voice of youth and exploring the world through travel learning about people, food and culture. She has many years of experience working in youth engagement, capacity building and training for frontline staff who work with youth across Canada.

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Olga Bolivar
Director of Finance/Accountant

Olga Bolivar
olga@studentscommission.ca

I am math tutor for elementary students, love green environment and work with numbers.

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Katy Celina Sandoval
Network Facilitator

Katy Celina Sandoval
payton@studentscommission.ca

Katy Celina, originally from Montreal (QC), is a 1st generation PhD student at McMaster University in Neuroscience. She is interested in the field of neurodevelopmental research. She completed her Master of Science in Psychology at the University of Calgary, her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at Bishop’s University, and a graduate certificate in Knowledge Mobilization. Katy is a part-time network facilitator for the Students Commission of Canada (SCC) working in collaboration with network analysts. She hopes to positively help the SCC team with her knowledge, experience, passion, positivity, and desire to learn more. Fun facts – Katy speaks Spanish, French, and English. She also enjoys singing latin music and was invited to perform in the 1st Salvadorian Festival in Montreal in 2013.

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Matt Drabenstott
Network Analyst Lead

Matt Drabenstott
matt@studentscommission.ca

I’m a PhD student at Queen’s University studying youth suicide prevention. I’ve found working closely with youth and youth-centered organizations to be invaluable for understanding the core ingredients of how youth thrive. Working side-by-side with youth, listening to practitioner and youth focus group conversations, and making meaning from survey data directly shapes my approach to championing life and build relationships with youth. Slowly, I’m learning how to create spaces in my own life and within communities where youth feel heard, valued, and belong. This job makes my heart bigger.

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Emma Burgess
Network Coordinator

Emma Burgess
emma@studentscommission.ca

Emma is a Network Coordinator at SCC. Before SCC she got her Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences, Masters of Science and worked as a researcher, all of which focused on sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing. Most recently she co-founded a publication called Nuance, which is all about amplifying the voices of young marginalized people in every conversation related to sex. Beyond community work, Emma loves to cook and bake.

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Areeba Bilal
Network Analyst

Areeba Bilal
areeba@studentscommission.ca

Areeba is a Network Analyst for the Students Commission of Canada. She joined the team in September 2020 after participating in SOFY, an SCC program in Saskatoon. She is currently completing a B.Sc. in Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan while remaining an active community volunteer and advocate for youth issues and rights. She’s also passionate about social determinants of health and is often involved in programs that link directly to key determinants that impact people’s wellbeing. Areeba strongly believes in the responsibility people have to each other, and the power that instills in us to invoke meaningful change. She hopes to live out this value through her work at the SCC.

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Cassandre Dion Larivière
Network Analyst

Cassandre Dion Larivière
cassandre@studentscommission.ca

Cassandre is a network analyst for the Students Commission. She grew up near Québec city (for the most part!). She is passionate about learning and advocating for youth in the justice system and is currently beginning a masters in forensic psychology in Ontario. She became acquainted with the SCC in the context of undergraduate research and fell in love with the passion of the people and the inclusivity of the spaces they create. She loves team work, meeting new people, collaboration and learning from her peers; all things she can do at the SCC! She is organized, kind and she loves cooking and listening to true crime podcasts.

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Fiona Amara
Network Analyst

Fiona Amara
fiona@studentscommission.ca

Hey everyone, my name is Fiona (yes, like in Shrek) but my friends call me Fio. I am currently completing my Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology in Quebec as I am passionate about mental health awareness. Although I am an introverted network analyst, I love working with youth and forming new social bonds. I am greatly interested in youth engagement and the impact that it has on well-being. I am also a huge dork for everything gothic – witchcraft, horror, screamo, you name it!

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Kristine Divall
Network Manager

Kristine Divall
kristinedivall@studentscommission.ca

Kristine joined the Students Commission of Canada in 2020 as a network manager. She had worked alongside the SCC as a network partner for 3 years delivering programs in Golden with youth at the middle years school and high school. Kristine has a back ground in Education and completed her master’s in Education in 2013 with a focus on social and environmental justice. Through- out her career Kristine has worked with many non- profits, all supporting youth programming and program development. Kristine, her partner David, and two children Awnya and Remi moved to Golden BC a few years back to spend more time outdoors. They live on a small acreage in the mountains where they spend tons of time skiing, hiking, mountain biking and adventuring.

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Taïna Toussaint
Marketing and Communications Manager

Taïna Toussaint
taina@studentscommission.ca

Taïna Toussaint has a Masters in Science (M.SC) - Marketing from HEC Montréal. Her first affiliation with the Students Commission of Canada was in 2011, when she was part of the YLT group, under the umbrella of Health Canada. This group's mission is to help young Canadians to quit or not start smoking. Over time, her role has changed with the Students Commission: first working as a facilitator, a translator, and currently as the Marketing and Communications Manager and #CanadaWeWant Movement coordinator. Passionate, determined, and creative, she combines her love of numbers and qualitative data to solve the various challenges of organizations with excellence, particularly the management and effects of marketing activities. She has been fortunate enough to facilitate at the #CanadaWeWant conference for several years now, and always feels privileged to be surrounded by such bright, kind, and dedicated young people. She wouldn't miss this conference for anything in the world!

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Nadine Arseneau
Network Coordinator

Nadine Arseneau
nadine@studentscommission.ca

Nadine is a Network Coordinator located in New Brunswick. She has degrees from the University of Moncton, the University of Montréal, and Bishop’s University. Passionate about learning, she studied sciences, occupational therapy, French, and knowledge mobilization formally, and many other topics informally. Nadine believes in the importance of pursuing meaningful projects, communicating openly, and maintaining a curious attitude. She aims to bring those values with her everywhere. With the SCC, she hopes to help empower youth with the tools to keep learning and applying their knowledge throughout their life.

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Rachel Kelly
Network Facilitator

Rachel Kelly
rachel@studentscommission.ca

Rachel and I am a recent Psychology graduate at the University of Guelph with a minor in Family Relations and Human Development! Following graduation, I struggled to find a job where I could use my experience to make a difference. However, working with The Students Commission has allowed me to apply the statistical skills I have learned in previous education onto positively impacting youth across the country. I feel empowered that I am able to analyze findings in our research and tell a story that gives youth a voice to be heard. The Students Commission has allowed me to find my passion and make wonderful connections along the way!

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Jack Toner
Network Support Lead (Y2KFLA)

Jack Toner
jack@studentscommission.ca

Jack is the Network Support Lead of Youth 2 Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (Y2KFL&A), a project of the Students Commission of Canada. Jack has been involved with the work in Kingston, Ontario since he was 11 years old, becoming more involved as a staff member over the last four years. By creating, facilitating, and supporting spaces for youth to feel empowered in ways that are meaningful to them, Jack hopes to bring more youth into the conversations that benefited him through his high school years. Outside of work, Jack runs a small multimedia business called The Shed Collective and attends as many concerts as he can.

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Amanda Morgan
Network Coordinator

Amanda Morgan
amanda@studentscommission.ca

I’m originally from a small town in Nova Scotia. I’ve spent the majority of my life working in the customer service industry and I’ve always been a bit unsure of what the right career path is for me. I realized recently that what I really love is working with others and the connections that can build in unexpected ways. Working with the SCC has given me the opportunity to do this in a different and more meaningful way. Being able to witness the difference youth can make when given the opportunity has been amazing to see. I’ve already learned so much from these young voices and I look forward to seeing what this new future has in store.

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Claudia Anderson
Network Facilitator

Claudia Anderson
claudia@studentscommission.ca

Claudia was born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba, and is a member of Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation. Travelling and sports are her passions. Claudia recently lived in Peru for 4 months and it was a life changing experience. Claudia attended the University of Winnipeg where she studied Kinesiology, and Red River College where she studied Social Enterprise. She played college basketball at the University of Winnipeg, and basketball and soccer for Red River College. Claudia loves that she gets to work with members of First Nations communities as part of her role with the SCC.

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Mowahib Hassan Doualeh
#CanadaWeWant Coordinator

Mowahib Hassan Doualeh
mowahib@studentscommission.ca

Mowahib recently joined the Students Commission (SCC) as a coordinator of the #CanadaWeWant. In the past she has worked with the SCC as a facilitator of the #CanadaWeWant and as a member of the National Youth Leadership Team in partnership with Health Canada. At Concordia University her studies include a BA Honors in Political Science with a Minor in Human Rights. She loves to take part in conferences surrounding women empowerment, leadership and youth policy work. During the 2020 YWCA Conference Mowahib was a member of the youth panel concerning women leadership. She has a passion for human rights work, social justice, and loves getting involved in her community as well as with youth and allies across Canada. She hopes to contribute to a more inclusive and diverse Canadian society.

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Madlen Oakes
Practicum Student (Ryerson)

Madlen Oakes
madlen@studentscommission.ca

Mady firmly believes that youth perspectives are innovative and indispensable, and that each and every youth voice belongs at the forefront. She is a Social Work student at Ryerson University, and is completing her fourth-year field placement at the SCC. Mady feels forbtn1atunate to have the opportunity to learn about youth leadership and youth-driven policy in such a supportive environment alongside other dedicated youth, staff, and volunteers. She has always taken an interest in social policy, and loves seeing how collective voice drives action and change. Outside of the SCC, Mady loves dancing, attempting to cook, spending time outside, and watching shark videos on Youtube.

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Yana Berardini
#CanadaWeWant Coordinator

Yana Berardini
yana@studentscommission.ca

Yana has recently joined the SCC as a post-doc student. She is interested in exploring youth mental health, positive development, and well-being. In her PhD work, Yana explored a sub-population of children and youth called ‘Young Carers’, who provide care for their family member(s) due to different circumstances (e.g., illness, addiction, disability, injury, age-related issues, or other needs). Yana explored their self-compassion levels, which reflected their ability to self-care. In the SCC, she hopes to join many other projects that examine youth’s well-being and expand on Canadian research on young carers.

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Theodora Giovannelli
RBC Career Launch Associate

Theodora Giovannelli
theodora@studentscommission.ca

Theodora is joining the Students Commission of Canada for 3 months from the RBC Career Launch Program. Prior to SCC, Theodora graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia, where she has also volunteered at the BC Children’s Hospital. Theodora is extremely passionate about raising awareness for mental health and healthy relationships. She also loves working and volunteering with children and youth. In her spare time, Theodora loves to read, cook, and take care of her dog. Theodora could not be more excited to join the SCC and is looking forward to her time here!