Stephen is a Ryerson University student pursuing a Criminology and Politics & Governance double major. He is an active member of the York South-Weston Community, Stephen has made it a priority to promote awareness to issues revolving around marginalized youth and is committed to being an advocate for change.
Michael is a Master of Accounting graduate, earned from the University of Waterloo, and in 2018 completed the CPA program. He works at a federal government agency to obtain practical audit experience while also conducting research in urban planning at the University of Waterloo.
Director of Stakeholder Engagement
Bemnet is very passionate about civic engagement and social justice. She plans on continuing her studies in public health at the University of Toronto. Her goal to ensure everyone is ensured equitable access and outcomes. As the Director of Stakeholder Engagement, she hopes to facilitate communication between the youth and stakeholders and mobilize transformational change by creating positive relationships and increasing stakeholder accountability.
Director of Council Relations
In no particular order, Aminata is passionate about books, healthcare equity, community development, housing, and youth resiliency.Through her volunteer and paid work she has learned providing services to vulnerable populations through an anti-oppressive, harm reduction lens. Currently, she is working in a social service capacity, and is a regular volunteer with her local mosque.
Director of Organization Development
Vernon is passionate about city building, governance and developing public policy from an urban/public health perspective. As a healthcare consultant, Vernon advises healthcare organizations with the aim of improving health outcomes. Vernon believes that we will need innovative thinking from a human centred-design perspective to ensure equitable and sustainable access to city resources in the future.
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Fariah is an advocate for community-led policy development that is anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and anti-colonial. Growing up in the Dixon community, Fariah uses her lived experiences to inform the work that she does. She has a background in social work and a graduate degree in public policy. Fariah is also currently working in the Ontario Cabinet Office.
Equity and Employment Lead
Syed is a resident of the Humber River-Black Creek community and has worked in various roles to support marginalized youth. As the Equity and Employment Lead, Syed will be utilizing his experiences to advocate for employment needs of youth. He is looking forward to working with the cabinet to advocate for youth on a broader level.
Arts and Culture Lead
Samantha is a student at the University of Toronto and a lifelong Toronto resident who is passionate about the arts. She looks forward to working with the ACDC group to bring the youth voice to the planning of cultural events and encouraging more Torontonians to engage with the city's programming.
Director of Internal Affairs
From a young age, Jaskiran found her voice through community involvement by identifying areas of opportunity for various working groups. Her driving passion for impact inspired her to diversify an effective portfolio with several non-profit organizations, focusing on youth empowerment, financial literacy, equity, and entrepreneurship.