2017-2018 Councillors

Genna Di Pinto (Chair) Genna is a biology major and political science minor student at the University of Alberta. This is her third term as a member of the City of Edmonton Youth Council and she is honoured to serve a second term as chair. Genna also serves as an elected science councillor on the University of Alberta Student’s Union, as a member of the Edmonton Centre Youth Council for Member of Parliament Randy Boissonnault and as a volunteer with a variety of community organizations. In the past, Genna has sat on many advisory boards and served as Students’ Union President of Archbishop MacDonald High School. Recently, she completed an internship in the Office of the Premier. Genna believes that young people deserve a spot in decision-making and that the best way to empower youth is through the actions of other youth.

Genna Di Pinto (Chair)

Genna is a biology major and political science minor student at the University of Alberta. This is her third term as a member of the City of Edmonton Youth Council and she is honoured to serve a second term as chair. Genna also serves as an elected science councillor on the University of Alberta Student’s Union, as a member of the Edmonton Centre Youth Council for Member of Parliament Randy Boissonnault and as a volunteer with a variety of community organizations. In the past, Genna has sat on many advisory boards and served as Students’ Union President of Archbishop MacDonald High School. Recently, she completed an internship in the Office of the Premier. Genna believes that young people deserve a spot in decision-making and that the best way to empower youth is through the actions of other youth.

Armaan Somani (Vice-Chair) Armaan is currently a Grade 11 student at Old Scona Academic High School where he also serves as a debate coach and as a Student Senator on the Edmonton Public School Board. He is passionate about causes involving “youth helping youth” and currently serves as the Chair of the Stollery Youth Network. Alongside his work with the Stollery, Armaan is also currently the Vice Chair of the City of Edmonton Youth Council, founder of SpeechDojo.com, an online speech coaching business, and holds the SHAD Fellow designation. Armaan is an avid debater and has qualified to compete at the provincial, national and international level. In his free time, Armaan enjoys DJing and reading.

Armaan Somani (Vice-Chair)

Armaan is currently a Grade 11 student at Old Scona Academic High School where he also serves as a debate coach and as a Student Senator on the Edmonton Public School Board. He is passionate about causes involving “youth helping youth” and currently serves as the Chair of the Stollery Youth Network. Alongside his work with the Stollery, Armaan is also currently the Vice Chair of the City of Edmonton Youth Council, founder of SpeechDojo.com, an online speech coaching business, and holds the SHAD Fellow designation. Armaan is an avid debater and has qualified to compete at the provincial, national and international level. In his free time, Armaan enjoys DJing and reading.

Hania Aamer Hania is a science student entering her second year at the University of Alberta. Serving as a Youth- At-Large member for the past two terms, Hania gained invaluable insight into decision making processes. As vice chair on the Arts Committee and acting Chair on the Engagement and Outreach committee in past years, Hania has become actively involved with the CEYC and its mission to educate and empower youth. Hania describes herself as a curious individual who loves new challenges, is never content with the status quo, and strives for continuous improvement. She coaches debate at Grandview Heights School and Tempo School and by doing so, pushes her peers to make a positive impact in the community. She hopes to help Edmonton’s youth develop into confident, well rounded individuals. With an interest in healthcare and medicine, Hania volunteers her time at Canadian Blood Services. She also stays busy running a business she cofounded in 2015, Teen Tutors, which enables youth to become employed and contribute to society in a meaningful way. As a member of the Youth Council, Hania hopes to further her scope of involvement with the youth of Edmonton in order to provide them with opportunities and experiences to grow.

Hania Aamer

Hania is a science student entering her second year at the University of Alberta. Serving as a Youth- At-Large member for the past two terms, Hania gained invaluable insight into decision making processes. As vice chair on the Arts Committee and acting Chair on the Engagement and Outreach committee in past years, Hania has become actively involved with the CEYC and its mission to educate and empower youth. Hania describes herself as a curious individual who loves new challenges, is never content with the status quo, and strives for continuous improvement. She coaches debate at Grandview Heights School and Tempo School and by doing so, pushes her peers to make a positive impact in the community. She hopes to help Edmonton’s youth develop into confident, well rounded individuals. With an interest in healthcare and medicine, Hania volunteers her time at Canadian Blood Services. She also stays busy running a business she cofounded in 2015, Teen Tutors, which enables youth to become employed and contribute to society in a meaningful way. As a member of the Youth Council, Hania hopes to further her scope of involvement with the youth of Edmonton in order to provide them with opportunities and experiences to grow.

Brianna Abboud      

Brianna Abboud

 

 

 

Ravina Anand      

Ravina Anand

 

 

 

Shilar Bakayula Bakayula Shilar goes to St. Joseph catholic school where she is upgrading for the 2017/2018 school before she goes to post-secondary. She moved to Canada in 2012 and to Edmonton in 2014. She became passionate about community involvement and youth empowerment when she saw problems that were faced by people in her home country were also faced by people here in her community who were mostly youth.

Shilar Bakayula

Bakayula Shilar goes to St. Joseph catholic school where she is upgrading for the 2017/2018 school before she goes to post-secondary. She moved to Canada in 2012 and to Edmonton in 2014. She became passionate about community involvement and youth empowerment when she saw problems that were faced by people in her home country were also faced by people here in her community who were mostly youth.

Thomas Banks Thomas Benjamin George Banks III is a three-term City of Edmonton Youth Council councillor, UAlberta student, and lifelong Edmontonian citizen.  Previously, Thomas served as a Justice Canada Youth Action Committee member, Strathcona Initiative organiser, and Edmonton Public School Board student senator and resource staffperson. Learn more at tbgbiii.gq.       

Thomas Banks

Thomas Benjamin George Banks III is a three-term City of Edmonton Youth Council councillor, UAlberta student, and lifelong Edmontonian citizen.  Previously, Thomas served as a Justice Canada Youth Action Committee member, Strathcona Initiative organiser, and Edmonton Public School Board student senator and resource staffperson. Learn more at tbgbiii.gq. 

 

 

 

Navneet Chand With a city like Edmonton, Navneet Chand is proud and honored to be known as an Edmontonian. Navneet is a first-year Bachelor of Science Honours Neuroscience student at the University of Alberta. This is Navneet's second term on the Youth Council and he is excited and energized to take on the 2017-2018 term alongside new and returning council members with Edmontonian youth who are ready to learn how to create and implement change. Taking on the role of an actively involved citizen in society has been one Navneet’s greatest passions. As a strong advocate of interdisciplinary education, he never ceases to involve himself with a diverse presence of groups from student government and his former position of Students' Union President at his high school to his involvement with theatre arts and the recognition he received as the winner of the 2017 Cappies Critics Award for Best Male Vocalist. When it comes to the City of Edmonton Youth Council, Navneet strongly believes that the Council represents the optimal medium for educating and empowering youth to stand up and take action on local issues to generate ideas on meaningful change and to produce amazing and thought-provoking results. 

Navneet Chand

With a city like Edmonton, Navneet Chand is proud and honored to be known as an Edmontonian. Navneet is a first-year Bachelor of Science Honours Neuroscience student at the University of Alberta. This is Navneet's second term on the Youth Council and he is excited and energized to take on the 2017-2018 term alongside new and returning council members with Edmontonian youth who are ready to learn how to create and implement change. Taking on the role of an actively involved citizen in society has been one Navneet’s greatest passions. As a strong advocate of interdisciplinary education, he never ceases to involve himself with a diverse presence of groups from student government and his former position of Students' Union President at his high school to his involvement with theatre arts and the recognition he received as the winner of the 2017 Cappies Critics Award for Best Male Vocalist. When it comes to the City of Edmonton Youth Council, Navneet strongly believes that the Council represents the optimal medium for educating and empowering youth to stand up and take action on local issues to generate ideas on meaningful change and to produce amazing and thought-provoking results. 

Kunal Chander Kunal Chander is a Geomatics EngineeringTechnology Student attending the Northern Institute of Technology (NAIT) with an extensive experience in the Environmental Field. Kunal served on the Youth Council’s Urban Planning Committee during the 2016/2017 term as a project leader for the What Moves Youth Transit Project, with the end of goal of representing youth perspective to City Council. He also engaged with Edmontonians through social media in promoting his own and other various projects for the Urban Planning Committee. He demonstrated awareness of the local issues faced by Youth in our city and worked to tackle and engage youth through his many works with Youth Council. His past experiences and various volunteer and employment roles have enabled Kunal to hone his leadership and communication skills; He has contributed to the well-being of the community through his volunteering efforts and aims to further advance his ability to create positive social change.  In his words, Kunal brings the experience and the professionalism needed of a youth leader. A good leader—in his opinion-is one who is adamant and bold; a better leader, however, is one who is compassionate and empathetic to the issues that those who he represents. In all, He seeks to not only give life to projects that will make Edmonton truly a city of champions. 

Kunal Chander

Kunal Chander is a Geomatics EngineeringTechnology Student attending the Northern Institute of Technology (NAIT) with an extensive experience in the Environmental Field. Kunal served on the Youth Council’s Urban Planning Committee during the 2016/2017 term as a project leader for the What Moves Youth Transit Project, with the end of goal of representing youth perspective to City Council. He also engaged with Edmontonians through social media in promoting his own and other various projects for the Urban Planning Committee. He demonstrated awareness of the local issues faced by Youth in our city and worked to tackle and engage youth through his many works with Youth Council. His past experiences and various volunteer and employment roles have enabled Kunal to hone his leadership and communication skills; He has contributed to the well-being of the community through his volunteering efforts and aims to further advance his ability to create positive social change. 

In his words, Kunal brings the experience and the professionalism needed of a youth leader. A good leader—in his opinion-is one who is adamant and bold; a better leader, however, is one who is compassionate and empathetic to the issues that those who he represents. In all, He seeks to not only give life to projects that will make Edmonton truly a city of champions. 

Madison Dube Madison is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science at the University of Alberta, and enjoys getting involved on campus. She is a Team Facilitator with Week of Welcome, has volunteered on Student’s Union Executive campaigns, was a member of the Arts Judicial Panel and Arts Faculty Committee, and currently serves as the Vice President – Events of the Faculty of Arts Association, OASIS. Madison is also active in her community, and has volunteered with the Salvation Army, Metro Cinema, and various Youth Programs, as well as on Municipal political campaigns. Madison is passionate about gender equality, and seeing youth realize their potential. Her greatest joy is seeing people pursue their goals and passions, which is why she currently sits on the Engagement & Outreach Subcommittee for CEYC. Madison plans to pursue a Masters in Journalism and hopes to end up working in political communications and strategy. When she’s not consuming news or reading, Madison enjoys working on campaigns, taking pictures, and finding new places to drink coffee.

Madison Dube

Madison is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political
Science at the University of Alberta, and enjoys getting involved on campus. She is
a Team Facilitator with Week of Welcome, has volunteered on Student’s Union Executive
campaigns, was a member of the Arts Judicial Panel and Arts Faculty Committee, and currently
serves as the Vice President – Events of the Faculty of Arts Association, OASIS. Madison is
also active in her community, and has volunteered with the Salvation Army, Metro Cinema, and
various Youth Programs, as well as on Municipal political campaigns. Madison is passionate about gender equality, and seeing youth realize their potential. Her greatest joy is seeing people pursue their goals and passions, which is why she currently sits on the Engagement & Outreach Subcommittee for CEYC. Madison plans to pursue a Masters in Journalism and hopes to end up working in political communications and strategy. When she’s not consuming news or reading, Madison enjoys working on campaigns, taking pictures, and finding new places to drink coffee.

Kasey Enokson Kasey is currently in her second term with the City of Edmonton Youth Council. She was born and raised in Edmonton and is proud to call such an amazing city her home. Kasey is currently in her first year of her Education degree at the University of Alberta, majoring in English and minoring in Social Studies. As the Vice-Chair of the Health and Wellness subcommittee last term Kasey was able to truly immerse herself in the Youth Council and fight for the things that she cares about. Kasey will now serve as a Co-Chair on the Health and Wellness subcommittee where she will bring new ideas to the table on how to help increase support for youth dealing with Mental Health. To Kasey, involving the youth of Edmonton is vital in the success of our cities future because they have such a diverse and important perspective on many issues that Edmontonians face today. Kasey is looking forward to working with her fellow council members to inspire and give the youth of Edmonton the voice that they deserve.  

Kasey Enokson

Kasey is currently in her second term with the City of Edmonton Youth Council. She was born and raised in Edmonton and is proud to call such an amazing city her home. Kasey is currently in her first year of her Education degree at the University of Alberta, majoring in English and minoring in Social Studies. As the Vice-Chair of the Health and Wellness subcommittee last term Kasey was able to truly immerse herself in the Youth Council and fight for the things that she cares about. Kasey will now serve as a Co-Chair on the Health and Wellness subcommittee where she will bring new ideas to the table on how to help increase support for youth dealing with Mental Health. To Kasey, involving the youth of Edmonton is vital in the success of our cities future because they have such a diverse and important perspective on many issues that Edmontonians face today. Kasey is looking forward to working with her fellow council members to inspire and give the youth of Edmonton the voice that they deserve.
 

Logan Fechter Community and urbanism have been and will continue to be defining principles in my personal and professional development, in conjunction with an enduring sense of pride and optimism related to the City of Edmonton and what it's certain to become in the near future. I've learned that wishing to enable those we find directly in relation to ourselves is the noblest aspiration in the professional world, and facilitating moments to enable or inspire those in your immediate reach has a profound impact on your productivity and collective outcomes. I’m a third year Human Geography student at the University of Alberta, while also serving my second term as VP Human Geography for my department association ‘GAPSS’. I have been a member of the City of Edmonton Youth Council for three years, first as a youth at large on the Urban Planning sub-committee, in the 2016/17 term chairing that same sub-committee, and this year co-chairing on Urban Planning once again. I’ve co-founded UAlberta’s “The World Mosaic Project”, and founded CEYC’s own “Ticket to Ride” fundraiser,  which has since raised $11,000 in transit tickets for youth at risk.

Logan Fechter

Community and urbanism have been and will continue to be defining principles in my personal and professional development, in conjunction with an enduring sense of pride and optimism related to the City of Edmonton and what it's certain to become in the near future. I've learned that wishing to enable those we find directly in relation to ourselves is the noblest aspiration in the professional world, and facilitating moments to enable or inspire those in your immediate reach has a profound impact on your productivity and collective outcomes.
I’m a third year Human Geography student at the University of Alberta, while also serving my second term as VP Human Geography for my department association ‘GAPSS’. I have been a member of the City of Edmonton Youth Council for three years, first as a youth at large on the Urban Planning sub-committee, in the 2016/17 term chairing that same sub-committee, and this year co-chairing on Urban Planning once again. I’ve co-founded UAlberta’s “The World Mosaic Project”, and founded CEYC’s own “Ticket to Ride” fundraiser,  which has since raised $11,000 in transit tickets for youth at risk.

Samuel Goertz Sam Goertz is honoured to be a member of the City of Edmonton Youth Council and Chair of the Engagement and Outreach committee. A Political Science and Economics student at the University of Alberta, Sam has a passion for politics and civic engagement, informed by his two summers working as a Reseach and Communications Assistant to Councillor Michael Walters. He firmly believes that an active and informed citizenry is the foundation of a great society. Sam has been the President of Greenfield Community League since April 2016 and adores Edmonton's community league system. He is one of the Managing Editors of The Green Medium, a youth environmental blog that won an Emerald Award in June 2017. Sam is currently on the Gateway Student Journalism Society Board and has served on the North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Board in the past. He has also been an Ambassador for Junior Achievement among other roles, fostering entrepreneurship and financial literacy amongst youth. He has also proudly written for the Alberta Street News and Green Business Canada in the past. Sam is a green tea aficionado and the member of an incredible and large family who drive his passion and give him his hope and energy.

Samuel Goertz

Sam Goertz is honoured to be a member of the City of Edmonton Youth Council and Chair of the Engagement and Outreach committee. A Political Science and Economics student at the University of Alberta, Sam has a passion for politics and civic engagement, informed by his two summers working as a Reseach and Communications Assistant to Councillor Michael Walters. He firmly believes that an active and informed citizenry is the foundation of a great society. Sam has been the President of Greenfield Community League since April 2016 and adores Edmonton's community league system. He is one of the Managing Editors of The Green Medium, a youth environmental blog that won an Emerald Award in June 2017. Sam is currently on the Gateway Student Journalism Society Board and has served on the North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Board in the past. He has also been an Ambassador for Junior Achievement among other roles, fostering entrepreneurship and financial literacy amongst youth. He has also proudly written for the Alberta Street News and Green Business Canada in the past. Sam is a green tea aficionado and the member of an incredible and large family who drive his passion and give him his hope and energy.

Kaelin Koufogiannakis Kaelin Koufogiannakis is proud to have grown up in Edmonton and is excited to have the opportunity to make positive change in the city she loves. She is serving her second term with CEYC and is currently a second year Urban Planning student at the University of Alberta. Kaelin is passionate about sustainability, urban design, and celebrating diversity. She enjoys exploring Edmonton’s various festivals and has been involved behind the scenes of the Folk Music Festival, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and the Fringe. She also volunteers with her neighbourhood Civics Committee, the Campus Food Bank, and the U of A's Geography and Planning Students Society. In her spare time, Kaelin plays accordion and enjoys exploring urban spaces with a camera in hand. Kaelin believes that communities grow most strongly when people of all different backgrounds, including youth, come together to drive change, and is excited to work to allow the voice of the diverse youth of our city to be heard.

Kaelin Koufogiannakis

Kaelin Koufogiannakis is proud to have grown up in Edmonton and is excited to have the opportunity to make positive change in the city she loves. She is serving her second term with CEYC and is currently a second year Urban Planning student at the University of Alberta. Kaelin is passionate about sustainability, urban design, and celebrating diversity. She enjoys exploring Edmonton’s various festivals and has been involved behind the scenes of the Folk Music Festival, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and the Fringe. She also volunteers with her neighbourhood Civics Committee, the Campus Food Bank, and the U of A's Geography and Planning Students Society. In her spare time, Kaelin plays accordion and enjoys exploring urban spaces with a camera in hand. Kaelin believes that communities grow most strongly when people of all different backgrounds, including youth, come together to drive change, and is excited to work to allow the voice of the diverse youth of our city to be heard.

Sonia Lal  

Sonia Lal

 

 Sarah Lavimizadeh Sarah is a political science student attending the University of Alberta-Campus Saint-Jean. Beyond her academic endeavours, Sarah continues to strive to serve her community for proactive initiatives to inspire change. During her 5 years as the WUSC events coordinator, president and advisor, she has been able to manage and organize campaigns to sponsor over 15 student refugees to the UofA campus. This ardent belief of youth diversity in levels of academic representation goes further with Sarah as she believes youth must have the avenue to express their voice in civil society. She has sat on the Dean of Students’ Advisory Committee, proposing along with undergraduate students’ possible remedies and ameliorations to current and future programs. Allowing youth to be apart of the discussion on matters which directly affect them is of utmost importance, it creates more effective manners to implement policy changes. Sarah constantly seeks out community initiatives to engage in, as creating a better community resides in yourself. She is currently on the Edmonton Centre Youth Council for MP Randy Boissonault and was able to successfully organize an immigration panel on rethinking integration along with her immigration subcommittee. Sarah believes that diversity is at the core of generating a holistic environment to change. A diversity which includes different cultures, youth and genders. She has also sat on the STRIDE governance committee at the UofA which seeks to open a space for women and non-binary individuals to seek governance positions. Sarah hopes in the future to never stop this passion for her community to reach her ultimate goal of becoming an advocate for society as a lawyer.

 Sarah Lavimizadeh

Sarah is a political science student attending the University of Alberta-Campus Saint-Jean. Beyond her academic endeavours, Sarah continues to strive to serve her community for proactive initiatives to inspire change. During her 5 years as the WUSC events coordinator, president and advisor, she has been able to manage and organize campaigns to sponsor over 15 student refugees to the UofA campus. This ardent belief of youth diversity in levels of academic representation goes further with Sarah as she believes youth must have the avenue to express their voice in civil society. She has sat on the Dean of Students’ Advisory Committee, proposing along with undergraduate students’ possible remedies and ameliorations to current and future programs. Allowing youth to be apart of the discussion on matters which directly affect them is of utmost importance, it creates more effective manners to implement policy changes. Sarah constantly seeks out community initiatives to engage in, as creating a better community resides in yourself. She is currently on the Edmonton Centre Youth Council for MP Randy Boissonault and was able to successfully organize an immigration panel on rethinking integration along with her immigration subcommittee. Sarah believes that diversity is at the core of generating a holistic environment to change. A diversity which includes different cultures, youth and genders. She has also sat on the STRIDE governance committee at the UofA which seeks to open a space for women and non-binary individuals to seek governance positions. Sarah hopes in the future to never stop this passion for her community to reach her ultimate goal of becoming an advocate for society as a lawyer.

Vivian Mak Passionate about inspiring and engaging others to find and take on their passions, Vivian strives to seek out the highest potential in everything and everyone. As a senior at Old Scona Academic,working at the Edmonton Public Library, volunteering with multiple organizations, a member of the Stollery Youth Network leadership team, a councillor on the Alberta Health Services Youth Advisory Council, a committee member and chair-elect on two Rotary Youth Services committees, president of four school clubs, treasurer of the OSA Grad Council, and continually pursuing and engaging in many more leadership and community based opportunities, Vivian establishes her strong work ethic, her passions, and her love of community service wherever she goes. Her busy schedule ensures that she values her time and pushes her to work efficiently and effectively. When she’s not working, you can find her reading, exercising, playing the trumpet, or challenging others on their core beliefs of human nature. She is excited to be returning for another year as chair of the Health and Wellness subcommittee and hopes to see this term engage more youth and end with many meaningful successes.

Vivian Mak

Passionate about inspiring and engaging others to find and take on their passions, Vivian strives to seek out the highest potential in everything and everyone. As a senior at Old Scona Academic,working at the Edmonton Public Library, volunteering with multiple organizations, a member of the Stollery Youth Network leadership team, a councillor on the Alberta Health Services Youth Advisory Council, a committee member and chair-elect on two Rotary Youth Services committees, president of four school clubs, treasurer of the OSA Grad Council, and continually pursuing and engaging in many more leadership and community based opportunities, Vivian establishes her strong work ethic, her passions, and her love of community service wherever she goes. Her busy schedule ensures that she values her time and pushes her to work efficiently and effectively. When she’s not working, you can find her reading, exercising, playing the trumpet, or challenging others on their core beliefs of human nature. She is excited to be returning for another year as chair of the Health and Wellness subcommittee and hopes to see this term engage more youth and end with many meaningful successes.

Cheyenne Neufeld Cheyenne Neufeld is a recent high school graduate who is extremely passionate about youth empowerment. She believes the youth is the future of not only today, but the future of tomorrow. She has demonstrated this commitment to action as a national delegate at the UNESCO world forum in Ottawa, where she presented the Global Citizenship White Paper which discussed the youths perspective on how to be a global citizen. Cheyenne is excited to work with her fellow council members to achieve new goals and help maintain the beautiful city we live in. Although she has many interests and passions, her main focus this year are on the voices that go unheard. She hopes to see a unified and empowered Edmonton in the upcoming future. As of right now Cheyenne is furthering her education by attending post secondary in search for future career opportunities that can provide a way to advocate for the youth, and create a real change within the world.  

Cheyenne Neufeld

Cheyenne Neufeld is a recent high school graduate who is extremely passionate about youth empowerment. She believes the youth is the future of not only today, but the future of tomorrow. She has demonstrated this commitment to action as a national delegate at the UNESCO world forum in Ottawa, where she presented the Global Citizenship White Paper which discussed the youths perspective on how to be a global citizen. Cheyenne is excited to work with her fellow council members to achieve new goals and help maintain the beautiful city we live in. Although she has many interests and passions, her main focus this year are on the voices that go unheard. She hopes to see a unified and empowered Edmonton in the upcoming future. As of right now Cheyenne is furthering her education by attending post secondary in search for future career opportunities that can provide a way to advocate for the youth, and create a real change within the world.
 

Joanne Picard Hi, my name is Joanne Picard, most people call me Jo. I am in grade 12 and have dual registration at Holy Trinity and Fresh Start. I am hoping to study Political Sciences at the UofA once I have graduated from high school. I have always been passionate about volunteering and have a particular interest in supporting and advocating for individuals affected by a disability. I volunteer with the Stollery, Easter Seals, and the Rett Syndrome Society of Alberta. I have a rare genetic disorder called Rett Syndrome. You might notice that I always have my computer or tablet in front of me. I use eye gaze technology on my devices that allows my eyes to control the mouse and helps to me to communicate. In my spare time I like to ski, workout, and travel. I am obsessed with Olympic style wrestling and bobsledding and enjoy spending my winter weekends following the World Cup. Most of my family is from a small town in Quebec so I spend lots of my summer vacations out East. This is my 2nd year with CEYC. I was the volunteer coordinator for the We Are Listening event last winter. My favorite memory from serving on this board last year was being part of the group who spoke up for Alberta youth on Bill 202. I am very excited that now all students have the right to form GSAs. This year, I am looking forward to meeting new people and supporting the youth in our city.   

Joanne Picard

Hi, my name is Joanne Picard, most people call me Jo. I am in grade 12 and have dual registration at Holy Trinity and Fresh Start. I am hoping to study Political Sciences at the UofA once I have graduated from high school. I have always been passionate about volunteering and have a particular interest in supporting and advocating for individuals affected by a disability. I volunteer with the Stollery, Easter Seals, and the Rett Syndrome Society of Alberta. I have a rare genetic disorder called Rett Syndrome. You might notice that I always have my computer or tablet in front of me. I use eye gaze technology on my devices that allows my eyes to control the mouse and helps to me to communicate. In my spare time I like to ski, workout, and travel. I am obsessed with Olympic style wrestling and bobsledding and enjoy spending my winter weekends following the World Cup. Most of my family is from a small town in Quebec so I spend lots of my summer vacations out East. This is my 2nd year with CEYC. I was the volunteer coordinator for the We Are Listening event last winter. My favorite memory from serving on this board last year was being part of the group who spoke up for Alberta youth on Bill 202. I am very excited that now all students have the right to form GSAs. This year, I am looking forward to meeting new people and supporting the youth in our city.

  

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Amber Sayed

Amber is currently entering her final year of high school at Tempo School and is excited for her first term with CEYC. She is currently serving as her school’s Student Council President and has worked on the SC for over three years. She is also the leader of a branch of jack.org, a mental health awareness charity that works to bring youth to the forefront of discussion and mental health advocacy. Outside of school, Amber is a member of the Alberta Minister's’ Youth Council, on which she serves as an advisor for the Minister of Education.

Amber is also an avid speech and debate competitor and has competed provincially in both French and English; she enjoys volunteering at junior high tournaments in her spare time and has even served as a volunteer for the Canadian Parliamentary Debate Nationals at the University of Alberta. Passionate about community involvement, Amber also does various volunteer work as a Student Care Aid, Elementary Club Supervisor, and Youth Leadership Mentor.