2016-2017 Councillors

Genna Di Pinto (Chair) Genna is a science student at the University of Alberta. This term she, she serves as Chair of CEYC. In  he past she has served as Student Union President of Archbishop MacDonald High School. She has served as a volunteer at the Pilgrim's Hospice for over 5 years, as a member of the Edmonton Journal's Community Advisory Board and recently began a volunteer position at the Steadward Centre. Genna is passionate about gender equality, minority advocacy and youth engagement. She 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's favourite part of being on CEYC is the opportunity to be involved with a community of young people who are not afraid to make change.  

Genna Di Pinto (Chair)

Genna is a science student at the University of Alberta. This term she, she serves as Chair of CEYC. In  he past she has served as Student Union President of Archbishop MacDonald High School. She has served as a volunteer at the Pilgrim's Hospice for over 5 years, as a member of the Edmonton Journal's Community Advisory Board and recently began a volunteer position at the Steadward Centre. Genna is passionate about gender equality, minority advocacy and youth engagement. She 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's favourite part of being on CEYC is the opportunity to be involved with a community of young people who are not afraid to make change.

 

Alex MacRae-Korobkov (Vice Chair) Alex MacRae-Korobkov is serving his third term on the City of Edmonton Youth Council. He joined the Council, inspired to empower fellow youth after experiencing the amazing capability the demographic holds to make meaningful change. His interest in promoting youth voice sparked into a passion when he helped to organize a group of young environmentalists into the Alberta Youth Council on the Environment, a not-for-profit Council that aims to further youth engagement in environmental issues. Since then, he founded a local youth art collective named Absurd Collective, started working with Student Voice Initiative Canada to further student voice in school board policy-making, and teamed up with some teachers within Edmonton Public School Board to make some awesome change locally. He just started my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Alberta, and hopes to further awareness about mental health issues this year, within the Council’s Health and Wellness Subcommittee!

Alex MacRae-Korobkov (Vice Chair)

Alex MacRae-Korobkov is serving his third term on the City of Edmonton Youth Council. He joined the Council, inspired to empower fellow youth after experiencing the amazing capability the demographic holds to make meaningful change. His interest in promoting youth voice sparked into a passion when he helped to organize a group of young environmentalists into the Alberta Youth Council on the Environment, a not-for-profit Council that aims to further youth engagement in environmental issues. Since then, he founded a local youth art collective named Absurd Collective, started working with Student Voice Initiative Canada to further student voice in school board policy-making, and teamed up with some teachers within Edmonton Public School Board to make some awesome change locally. He just started my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Alberta, and hopes to further awareness about mental health issues this year, within the Council’s Health and Wellness Subcommittee!

Brianna Abboud They say no one can do it all, but Brianna Abboud most definitely gives it her best shot as she balances between working several jobs, attending university and being an active citizen.  Attending Campus St. Jean, the University of Albertas' French campus, Brianna enters her second year of general sciences aspiring to become a plastic surgeon at the end of her academic journey. With high ambitions and an everlasting determination she knows that not only do great things take time but that they are only achieved through hard work and resilience.  She acknowledges the value of education, a rich work ethic and community engagement in becoming successful. Whilst striving for academic excellence she relentlessly works on completing the required hours to receive her hairstylist Journeyman ticket, as she is a hairstylist apprentice, at the age of 19.  She remains profoundly interested and concerned with the numerous adversities the youth around her may be facing.  Her passions are endless; from youth empowerment, to health care issues, to political advancements and singing.   Brianna is constantly attending local events such as Hate to Hope and Daughters Day.  With a big heart and a bigger passion towards supporting others, Brianna dedicates significant amounts of her time to helping others achieve their goals; whether they be academic or social, she is always there for support. She recognizes that in helping others not only are we lifting them up but we ourselves are rising in the process and this is exactly what she continuously proves day by day. With big plans for the future, Brianna continuously is giving back to her community as a way of showing appreciation for all the opportunities that have come her way. 

Brianna Abboud

They say no one can do it all, but Brianna Abboud most definitely gives it her best shot as she balances between working several jobs, attending university and being an active citizen.  Attending Campus St. Jean, the University of Albertas' French campus, Brianna enters her second year of general sciences aspiring to become a plastic surgeon at the end of her academic journey. With high ambitions and an everlasting determination she knows that not only do great things take time but that they are only achieved through hard work and resilience.  She acknowledges the value of education, a rich work ethic and community engagement in becoming successful. Whilst striving for academic excellence she relentlessly works on completing the required hours to receive her hairstylist Journeyman ticket, as she is a hairstylist apprentice, at the age of 19.  She remains profoundly interested and concerned with the numerous adversities the youth around her may be facing.  Her passions are endless; from youth empowerment, to health care issues, to political advancements and singing.   Brianna is constantly attending local events such as Hate to Hope and Daughters Day.  With a big heart and a bigger passion towards supporting others, Brianna dedicates significant amounts of her time to helping others achieve their goals; whether they be academic or social, she is always there for support. She recognizes that in helping others not only are we lifting them up but we ourselves are rising in the process and this is exactly what she continuously proves day by day. With big plans for the future, Brianna continuously is giving back to her community as a way of showing appreciation for all the opportunities that have come her way. 

Saba H Al Hammouri As a fifth year business student at the University of Alberta, Saba has spent the majority of her academic career focusing on marketing and public engagement. Past work experiences with the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta have sparked Saba's passion towards working in the public sector. Saba's drive to empower and represent youth has lead her to becoming a Business councillor on the University of Alberta Student's Council, an Events Director for the Network of Empowered Women, and a University of Alberta Ambassador. Saba hopes to bring her diversified experience and passion for youth empowerment to the City of Edmonton Youth Council. In the past, Saba has had the pleasure of being a part of several youth lead initiatives such as the DeleteIt campaign by SaveEdmonton, and the Generation Shift Conference. She knows what the youth of Edmonton are capable of, and she looks forward to working with them once again!

Saba H Al Hammouri

As a fifth year business student at the University of Alberta, Saba has spent the majority of her academic career focusing on marketing and public engagement. Past work experiences with the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta have sparked Saba's passion towards working in the public sector. Saba's drive to empower and represent youth has lead her to becoming a Business councillor on the University of Alberta Student's Council, an Events Director for the Network of Empowered Women, and a University of Alberta Ambassador. Saba hopes to bring her diversified experience and passion for youth empowerment to the City of Edmonton Youth Council. In the past, Saba has had the pleasure of being a part of several youth lead initiatives such as the DeleteIt campaign by SaveEdmonton, and the Generation Shift Conference. She knows what the youth of Edmonton are capable of, and she looks forward to working with them once again!

Ravina Anand Ravina Anand is entering her third year towards a Bachelors of Science degree as a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. She volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, Misrecordia Hospital, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hope Mission and previously the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Ravina is part of the United Nations Club, therefore travelled to New York for National Model United Nations Conference and will be attending future International conferences. Furthermore, she is the VP of communications for the Edmonton World Health Organization, an executive member of the TEDx(Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference, the Regional Director of Sustainable Youth Canada and a part of the Students for the Promotion of Global Health Club. Ravina is actively part of the City of Edmonton Youth Council and a designated member of the Health & Wellness and Engagement committee. In her spare time she works on her fashion blog "indrastyles", watches a variety of television shows and enjoys classical music

Ravina Anand

Ravina Anand is entering her third year towards a Bachelors of Science degree as a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. She volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, Misrecordia Hospital, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hope Mission and previously the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Ravina is part of the United Nations Club, therefore travelled to New York for National Model United Nations Conference and will be attending future International conferences. Furthermore, she is the VP of communications for the Edmonton World Health Organization, an executive member of the TEDx(Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference, the Regional Director of Sustainable Youth Canada and a part of the Students for the Promotion of Global Health Club. Ravina is actively part of the City of Edmonton Youth Council and a designated member of the Health & Wellness and Engagement committee. In her spare time she works on her fashion blog "indrastyles", watches a variety of television shows and enjoys classical music

Thomas Banks Thomas Benjamin George Banks III is a two-term City of Edmonton Youth Council councillor, Edmonton Public School Board student senator, Justice Canada Youth Action Committee member, Strathcona Initiative organiser, Royal Commonwealth Society member, and lifelong Edmontonian citizen. Formerly, Thomas acted in the capacities of a Edmonton Public Schools resource staff person and Strathcona Students Union’ executive. See more about Thomas at his personal website tbgbiii.tk

Thomas Banks

Thomas Benjamin George Banks III is a two-term City of Edmonton Youth Council councillor, Edmonton Public School Board student senator, Justice Canada Youth Action Committee member, Strathcona Initiative organiser, Royal Commonwealth Society member, and lifelong Edmontonian citizen. Formerly, Thomas acted in the capacities of a Edmonton Public Schools resource staff person and Strathcona Students Union’ executive. See more about Thomas at his personal website tbgbiii.tk

Amy Boyd Amy Boyd is a third year business student at the University of Alberta. While her studies keep her busy, she loves spending her free time surrounded by her three dogs and enjoying Edmonton's river valley. She is also very passionate about giving back to her community, in any way that she can. Volunteering helps her stay grounded, and she takes pride in knowing she helped someone, in some way. Amy firmly believes that no matter the number of people affected, positive change is monumentally valuable. Her interests include: First Nations' issues, gender equality, and animal rights, all of which she avidly promotes via social media. Amy is excited to be a part of City of Edmonton Youth Council for her second term and hopes to harness her passions to make positive change within Edmonton, with the help of youth from all over the city!

Amy Boyd

Amy Boyd is a third year business student at the University of Alberta. While her studies keep her busy, she loves spending her free time surrounded by her three dogs and enjoying Edmonton's river valley. She is also very passionate about giving back to her community, in any way that she can. Volunteering helps her stay grounded, and she takes pride in knowing she helped someone, in some way. Amy firmly believes that no matter the number of people affected, positive change is monumentally valuable. Her interests include: First Nations' issues, gender equality, and animal rights, all of which she avidly promotes via social media. Amy is excited to be a part of City of Edmonton Youth Council for her second term and hopes to harness her passions to make positive change within Edmonton, with the help of youth from all over the city!

Navneet Chand With a city like Edmonton, Navneet Chand is proud and honoured to be known as an Edmontonian. Navneet is currently a Grade 12 student at Archbishop Macdonald High School where he holds the position of Students’ Union President. Taking the role of an actively involved citizen in society has been one Navneet’s greatest passions, whether that would be from volunteering for his eighth year with the Edmonton Vedic Congregation to being an International Baccalaureate student in stewardship for academic growth and civic duty. 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 positive action on local issues to create meaningful change and produce amazing results. As a part of a young generation of proactive individuals, Navneet is invigorated by the young individuals around him to continue on his path in collaboration with other youth for common goals that benefit all youth members of society in a special and thought-provoking way.

Navneet Chand

With a city like Edmonton, Navneet Chand is proud and honoured to be known as an Edmontonian. Navneet is currently a Grade 12 student at Archbishop Macdonald High School where he holds the position of Students’ Union President. Taking the role of an actively involved citizen in society has been one Navneet’s greatest passions, whether that would be from volunteering for his eighth year with the Edmonton Vedic Congregation to being an International Baccalaureate student in stewardship for academic growth and civic duty. 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 positive action on local issues to create meaningful change and produce amazing results. As a part of a young generation of proactive individuals, Navneet is invigorated by the young individuals around him to continue on his path in collaboration with other youth for common goals that benefit all youth members of society in a special and thought-provoking way.

Noella Chu Noella is entering her first year at the University of Alberta into the Faculty of Engineering. She's been on the Youth Council as an active Youth at Large for two years and now a third as an official councilor. She was the Vice Chair of the Health and Wellness Subcommittee this past term. In the community, she has been part of a Vietnamese youth group since she was 5 years old and now continues to attend in order to teach, mentor and play with younger children. Noella loves to dance, especially swing and hip hop. Her hobbies include yoga, playing board games, reading and enjoys many physical activities such as paint balling, wrestling or rock climbing - anything with an adrenaline rush. Another past time of hers is solving mind games and cracking puzzles. Curious and extroverted, you will discover that Noella often has many random questions on her mind. She is always eager to try new things and faces everything with an open mind.

Noella Chu

Noella is entering her first year at the University of Alberta into the Faculty of Engineering. She's been on the Youth Council as an active Youth at Large for two years and now a third as an official councilor. She was the Vice Chair of the Health and Wellness Subcommittee this past term. In the community, she has been part of a Vietnamese youth group since she was 5 years old and now continues to attend in order to teach, mentor and play with younger children.
Noella loves to dance, especially swing and hip hop. Her hobbies include yoga, playing board games, reading and enjoys many physical activities such as paint balling, wrestling or rock climbing - anything with an adrenaline rush. Another past time of hers is solving mind games and cracking puzzles.
Curious and extroverted, you will discover that Noella often has many random questions on her mind. She is always eager to try new things and faces everything with an open mind.

Kasey Enokson Kasey Enokson was born and raised in Edmonton and is proud to call such an amazing city her home. She is currently a grade 12 student at Archbishop Macdonald High School and is a passionate member of the arts community at her school. Kasey is the current editor of her school newspaper and is extremely involved in both her visual and preforming arts classes. Taking a role in her community to bring the arts to underprivileged children within Alberta was very important to Kasey. As a result, she has been volunteering with the Leading Stars Arts and Education Foundation for seven years and has been given the opportunity to expand her involvement by taking an executive role as secretary. 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's passion is to help immerse the youth of Edmonton in the arts community as well as bring awareness and take a stand against mental health issues within our city. 

Kasey Enokson

Kasey Enokson was born and raised in Edmonton and is proud to call such an amazing city her home. She is currently a grade 12 student at Archbishop Macdonald High School and is a passionate member of the arts community at her school. Kasey is the current editor of her school newspaper and is extremely involved in both her visual and preforming arts classes. Taking a role in her community to bring the arts to underprivileged children within Alberta was very important to Kasey. As a result, she has been volunteering with the Leading Stars Arts and Education Foundation for seven years and has been given the opportunity to expand her involvement by taking an executive role as secretary. 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's passion is to help immerse the youth of Edmonton in the arts community as well as bring awareness and take a stand against mental health issues within our city. 

Jeffrey Fafard Originally from Quebec, Jeffrey moved to Edmonton in 2013 as a result of his posting with the Canadian Forces. In 2016, he transitioned from military engineering to a career in real estate. For the last 3 years, he has been a strong advocate for the City of Edmonton. He strongly believes YEG is the best Canadian city. The people that form part of Edmonton are always ready to take action and help out wherever they can.   

Jeffrey Fafard

Originally from Quebec, Jeffrey moved to Edmonton in 2013 as a result of his posting with the Canadian Forces. In 2016, he transitioned from military engineering to a career in real estate. For the last 3 years, he has been a strong advocate for the City of Edmonton. He strongly believes YEG is the best Canadian city. The people that form part of Edmonton are always ready to take action and help out wherever they can. 
 

Logan Fechter Logan Fechter is a second year Human Geography student attending the University of Alberta with a passion for urban design and the promotion of healthy lifestyles through holistic urban planning, as well as a desire to enable youth of all ages to pursue their ambitions early in life. Logan served on the Youth Council’s City Planning and Infrastructure Committee during the 2015/16 term as project leader for CEYC’s first ever fundraising initiative, Ticket to Ride, raising ~$4,000 for the purchase of transportation tickets to be used by at-risk- youth housed in Youth Empowerment and Support Services’ shelters. Last year Logan co-founded a social media movement called The World Mosaic Project with his friend and colleague Jeremiah Ellis, hic trives to dispel islamophobi, recently receiving support from mayors in Australia, America, and from coast to coast within Canada. Logan is currently serving as VP Human Geography for the University of Alberta’s Geography and Planning Student’s Society.

Logan Fechter

Logan Fechter is a second year Human Geography student attending the University of Alberta with a passion for urban design and the promotion of healthy lifestyles through holistic urban planning, as well as a desire to enable youth of all ages to pursue their ambitions early in life. Logan served on the Youth Council’s City Planning and Infrastructure Committee during the 2015/16 term as project leader for CEYC’s first ever fundraising initiative, Ticket to Ride, raising ~$4,000 for the purchase of transportation tickets to be used by at-risk- youth housed in Youth Empowerment and Support Services’ shelters. Last year Logan co-founded a social media movement called The World Mosaic Project with his friend and colleague Jeremiah Ellis, hic trives to dispel islamophobi, recently receiving support from mayors in Australia, America, and from coast to coast within Canada. Logan is currently serving as VP Human Geography for the University of Alberta’s Geography and Planning Student’s Society.

Tina Gill Tina Gill is recent graduate from Braemar High School and now attending her first year in MacEwan University studying Art and Cultural Management. While her life is busy with studying and raising her 2 year old son, she also is passionate about reaching out and assisting other. Her passions include music, theater, and community services. She hope to one day bring the two together to help promote safe spaces around the city. In the meantime , you can find her working away at projects, studying and learning.

Tina Gill

Tina Gill is recent graduate from Braemar High School and now attending her first year in MacEwan University studying Art and Cultural Management. While her life is busy with studying and raising her 2 year old son, she also is passionate about reaching out and assisting other. Her passions include music, theater, and community services. She hope to one day bring the two together to help promote safe spaces around the city. In the meantime , you can find her working away at projects, studying and learning.

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 joining the City of Edmonton Youth Council for her first term and is currently a first year Bachelor of Sciences student at the University of Alberta. A lifelong science enthusiast, she participated in the WISEST (Women In Scholarship, Engineering, Science, & Technology) Summer Research Program last year, where she was inspired by youth looking to make an impact on the world through science. In addition to science, Kaelin is passionate about sustainability, urban planning, support for the arts, and contributing to building her community. She enjoys exploring Edmonton’s various festivals and has volunteered with the Folk Music Festival, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and worked as a stage manager on a Fringe show. She also volunteered as a leader for U of A rock climbing summer camps and loves to rock climb in her free time. 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 joining the City of Edmonton Youth Council for her first term and is currently a first year Bachelor of Sciences student at the University of Alberta. A lifelong science enthusiast, she participated in the WISEST (Women In Scholarship, Engineering, Science, & Technology) Summer Research Program last year, where she was inspired by youth looking to make an impact on the world through science. In addition to science, Kaelin is passionate about sustainability, urban planning, support for the arts, and contributing to building her community. She enjoys exploring Edmonton’s various festivals and has volunteered with the Folk Music Festival, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and worked as a stage manager on a Fringe show. She also volunteered as a leader for U of A rock climbing summer camps and loves to rock climb in her free time. 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.

Vivian Mak Vivian Mak is in her second year of high school at Old Scona Academic and is very grateful to be living in such a wonderful city. Vivian places high emphasis on being an active and engaged citizen and always priorities time to volunteer for causes that she values. As a dedicated volunteer for various organizations, she has volunteered all around Edmonton for a variety of causes and is continually seeking out more opportunities to give back. This upcoming year, Vivian will be an executive for multiple school clubs focused on fundraising and raising awareness for important causes and will also be joining the Alberta Youth Volunteer Society, a not for profit organization, as a board director. Through her extremely busy schedule, Vivian enjoys practicing yoga and pilates, playing the trumpet, and going on nature walks around the city. Vivian is passionate about gender and social equity, mental and physical health, and city planning and believes that all youth in Edmonton should be inspired and have a voice in issues that concern them. She hopes that during her time on the City of Edmonton Youth Council, she will be able to bring positive change and better the lives of Edmonton youth.

Vivian Mak

Vivian Mak is in her second year of high school at Old Scona Academic and is very grateful to be living in such a wonderful city. Vivian places high emphasis on being an active and engaged citizen and always priorities time to volunteer for causes that she values. As a dedicated volunteer for various organizations, she has volunteered all around Edmonton for a variety of causes and is continually seeking out more opportunities to give back. This upcoming year, Vivian will be an executive for multiple school clubs focused on fundraising and raising awareness for important causes and will also be joining the Alberta Youth Volunteer Society, a not for profit organization, as a board director. Through her extremely busy schedule, Vivian enjoys practicing yoga and pilates, playing the trumpet, and going on nature walks around the city. Vivian is passionate about gender and social equity, mental and physical health, and city planning and believes that all youth in Edmonton should be inspired and have a voice in issues that concern them. She hopes that during her time on the City of Edmonton Youth Council, she will be able to bring positive change and better the lives of Edmonton youth.

Jainish Mehta Jainish is a high school student attending Old Scona Academic. Ever since arriving to Canada at 2 years old, Jainish has had a natural inclination to see opportunity of bettering a community by serving as youths’ active voice. Thus far, he is grateful to contribute over 600 hours of volunteer work for Grey Nuns Hospital, Good Samaritan Society, City of Edmonton, Building Bridges, DiscoverE, the University of Alberta and many more organizations! He additionally loves to get involved in school, currently he is an executive in the Student Engagement Team and the co-president of Birthday Wishes, an organization that finances the birthdays less fortunate children. He is passionate about education, and to search for knowledge and challenges that question the current understanding of the world. Moreover, he advocates for the application of this knowledge for the good of humanity. His work as a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) for the City of Edmonton reflects his desire to promote youth empowerment, especially in the STEM field. In his free time, he enjoys music, speech and debate, soccer, and basketball. His ambitious aspirations include becoming an engineer and working for NASA, all the while giving back to the community that fostered his curiosity.

Jainish Mehta

Jainish is a high school student attending Old Scona Academic. Ever since arriving to Canada at 2 years old, Jainish has had a natural inclination to see opportunity of bettering a community by serving as youths’ active voice. Thus far, he is grateful to contribute over 600 hours of volunteer work for Grey Nuns Hospital, Good Samaritan Society, City of Edmonton, Building Bridges, DiscoverE, the University of Alberta and many more organizations! He additionally loves to get involved in school, currently he is an executive in the Student Engagement Team and the co-president of Birthday Wishes, an organization that finances the birthdays less fortunate children.

He is passionate about education, and to search for knowledge and challenges that question the current understanding of the world. Moreover, he advocates for the application of this knowledge for the good of humanity. His work as a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) for the City of Edmonton reflects his desire to promote youth empowerment, especially in the STEM field. In his free time, he enjoys music, speech and debate, soccer, and basketball. His ambitious aspirations include becoming an engineer and working for NASA, all the while giving back to the community that fostered his curiosity.

Joanne Picard Joanne Picard (also known as Jo) is currently in grade 12 and has dual registration at Holy Trinity and Fresh Start. She is hoping to study Political Sciences at the UofA once she has graduated from high school. She has always been passionate about volunteering and has a particular interest in supporting and advocating for individuals affected by a disability. Jo has a rare genetic disorder called Rett Syndrome. One might notice that she always has her computer or tablet in front of her. She uses eye gaze technology on her devices that allows her eyes to control the mouse and helps her to communicate. In her spare time she likes to ski, workout, and travel. Jo is obsessed with Olympic style wrestling and bobsledding and enjoys spending her winter weekends following the World Cup. This is her 2nd term with CEYC. She was the volunteer coordinator for the We Are Listening event last winter. Her favorite memory from serving on CEYC last year was being part of the group that spoke up for Alberta youth on Bill 202 (later called Bill 10). She very excited that now all students have the right to form GSAs. This year, Jo is looking forward to meeting new people and supporting the youth in our city.  

Joanne Picard

Joanne Picard (also known as Jo) is currently in grade 12 and has dual registration at Holy Trinity and Fresh Start. She is hoping to study Political Sciences at the UofA once she has graduated from high school. She has always been passionate about volunteering and has a particular interest in supporting and advocating for individuals affected by a disability. Jo has a rare genetic disorder called Rett Syndrome. One might notice that she always has her computer or tablet in front of her. She uses eye gaze technology on her devices that allows her eyes to control the mouse and helps her to communicate. In her spare time she likes to ski, workout, and travel. Jo is obsessed with Olympic style wrestling and bobsledding and enjoys spending her winter weekends following the World Cup. This is her 2nd term with CEYC. She was the volunteer coordinator for the We Are Listening event last winter. Her favorite memory from serving on CEYC last year was being part of the group that spoke up for Alberta youth on Bill 202 (later called Bill 10). She very excited that now all students have the right to form GSAs. This year, Jo is looking forward to meeting new people and supporting the youth in our city.

 

Armaan Somani Armaan is currently a Grade 10 Student at Old Scona Academic High School where he is a member of the Student’s Union. He is passionate about causes involving “youth helping youth” and currently serves as the Chair of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Youth Network which to date has raised over $52,000 to support the work of the hospital. In recognition of his work with the Stollery, the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized Armaan with the National Philanthropy Day Youth Award. As part of his role as Youth City Councillor, Armaan created the #YEGbyYouth movement which aims to feature local youth who are making a difference in the community. Armaan also recently completed his term as the Co-President of his Student Council where he started initiatives to curb bullying, encourage recycling and promote student talent. Armaan is an avid debater and has qualified to compete at the provincial, national and international level.

Armaan Somani

Armaan is currently a Grade 10 Student at Old Scona Academic High School where he is a member of the Student’s Union. He is passionate about causes involving “youth helping youth” and currently serves as the Chair of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Youth Network which to date has raised over $52,000 to support the work of the hospital. In recognition of his work with the Stollery, the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized Armaan with the National Philanthropy Day Youth Award. As part of his role as Youth City Councillor, Armaan created the #YEGbyYouth movement which aims to feature local youth who are making a difference in the community. Armaan also recently completed his term as the Co-President of his Student Council where he started initiatives to curb bullying, encourage recycling and promote student talent.

Armaan is an avid debater and has qualified to compete at the provincial, national and international level.

Alanna Yee A photographer, runner, Medical Laboratory Science student, and world traveller, Alanna wears a number of different hats. She has been shaped most distinctly by her experiences attending nine different K-12 schools, living in three different Edmonton communities, and involving herself with a number of organizations including the University of Alberta’s Campus Food Bank and the Edmonton Japanese Community Association. Most naturally, Alanna gravitates towards situations that challenge her as an individual, indulge her curious spirit, and align with her interests in sustainability and social justice. Driven by the desire to effect a significant and meaningful impact on those around her, Alanna spends her time volunteering, building relationships with community leaders, and perfecting the art of efficiency and productivity. She considers captaining her soccer team to league victories, overcoming chronic illness, and falling in love with Edmonton as a few of her greatest experiences.     

Alanna Yee

A photographer, runner, Medical Laboratory Science student, and world traveller, Alanna wears a number of different hats. She has been shaped most distinctly by her experiences attending nine different K-12 schools, living in three different Edmonton communities, and involving herself with a number of organizations including the University of Alberta’s Campus Food Bank and the Edmonton Japanese Community Association. Most naturally, Alanna gravitates towards situations that challenge her as an individual, indulge her curious spirit, and align with her interests in sustainability and social justice.

Driven by the desire to effect a significant and meaningful impact on those around her, Alanna spends her time volunteering, building relationships with community leaders, and perfecting the art of efficiency and productivity. She considers captaining her soccer team to league victories, overcoming chronic illness, and falling in love with Edmonton as a few of her greatest experiences.