CARO LOUTFI   Executive Director    Caro is working in a non-partisan manner and on a national scale to engage Canadian youth in democracy. She worked her way up within Apathy is Boring, starting out as a Communications Intern, then working as the Youth-Friendly Coordinator and lastly as Director of Operations. She was previously a co-producer for Montreal’s Art Matters Festival, in which she was responsible for event management and festival coordination, working to create meaningful space for community engagement through art.  She graduated with distinction from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Human Rights.   
  
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     She currently sits on the Inspirit Foundation's board, working to inspire pluralism among young Canadians, is a Banff Forum member and has been involved in the volunteer sector for over 10 years.  Caro has contributed to CTV News, CBC Radio, The Montreal Gazette and iPolitics among other media outlets. She was awarded the Erin Walker Humanitarian Award by Concordia University and was named a Canadian Arab to Watch in 2015 by the Canadian Arab Institute.   Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, by a multicultural family mixed with Lebanese, Japanese and Canadian traditions, she is bilingual in English and French. 

CARO LOUTFI

Executive Director

Caro is working in a non-partisan manner and on a national scale to engage Canadian youth in democracy. She worked her way up within Apathy is Boring, starting out as a Communications Intern, then working as the Youth-Friendly Coordinator and lastly as Director of Operations. She was previously a co-producer for Montreal’s Art Matters Festival, in which she was responsible for event management and festival coordination, working to create meaningful space for community engagement through art.  She graduated with distinction from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Human Rights.

She currently sits on the Inspirit Foundation's board, working to inspire pluralism among young Canadians, is a Banff Forum member and has been involved in the volunteer sector for over 10 years.

Caro has contributed to CTV News, CBC Radio, The Montreal Gazette and iPolitics among other media outlets. She was awarded the Erin Walker Humanitarian Award by Concordia University and was named a Canadian Arab to Watch in 2015 by the Canadian Arab Institute. 

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, by a multicultural family mixed with Lebanese, Japanese and Canadian traditions, she is bilingual in English and French. 

 BETTY BELONY   Administration and Finance Coordinator   Betty was born to a large Haitian family in Montreal. She began her academic career studying commerce at Champlain College in St-Lambert, Quebec and followed this path to an undergraduate degree in business administration with a minor in finance from Concordia’s John Molson School of Business. Today, she continues to pursue her interests in business at L’Université de Montréal’s École des Hautes Études Commerciales. Outside of work, Betty likes vibrant activities which would seem to stand in contrast with her otherwise calm and poised personality.

BETTY BELONY

Administration and Finance Coordinator

Betty was born to a large Haitian family in Montreal. She began her academic career studying commerce at Champlain College in St-Lambert, Quebec and followed this path to an undergraduate degree in business administration with a minor in finance from Concordia’s John Molson School of Business. Today, she continues to pursue her interests in business at L’Université de Montréal’s École des Hautes Études Commerciales. Outside of work, Betty likes vibrant activities which would seem to stand in contrast with her otherwise calm and poised personality.

 DANIELLE LEDIARD  Ottawa Hub Coordinator   Danielle’s first love in life is philosophy, followed closely by cats, tea, travelling, and books. She spent her post-undergrad years living and working in Japan while trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life. She finally returned home to Canada three years later and completed a Master of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University with a focus on community building, policy, research, and program development. She is passionate about working with youth and creating opportunities where they can develop skills, knowledge, and experience. A focus on learning and growing together is a key feature of her facilitation style.  Danielle is thrilled to be a part of the brand new Rise program where she can use her facilitation and planning skills to work with youth in the Ottawa area to promote democratic participation and civil engagement.

DANIELLE LEDIARD
Ottawa Hub Coordinator

Danielle’s first love in life is philosophy, followed closely by cats, tea, travelling, and books. She spent her post-undergrad years living and working in Japan while trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life. She finally returned home to Canada three years later and completed a Master of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University with a focus on community building, policy, research, and program development. She is passionate about working with youth and creating opportunities where they can develop skills, knowledge, and experience. A focus on learning and growing together is a key feature of her facilitation style.

Danielle is thrilled to be a part of the brand new Rise program where she can use her facilitation and planning skills to work with youth in the Ottawa area to promote democratic participation and civil engagement.

 JAMIE ZARN  Edmonton Hub Coordinator   Connection and belonging have always been a deep quest for Jamie. She discovered these characteristics were often found in places she experienced deep community - such as summer camp, Katimavik, & Next Up. This inspired her, along with other inequities people experience, to engage in community facilitation and organizing to amplify other’s voices and make space for change about the many difficult realities that are unjust. While doing this work, she was completing her Bachelors of Social Work. She spent most of her time learning and unlearning the ways in which oppressive systems have infiltrated into everyday life. Her focus is utilizing theories and ways of practicing within an anti-oppressive & community building practice.  This work led to many exciting opportunities for Jamie. She was engaged in doing community building and reducing social isolation with older adults. This work gave her an incredible experience of working with some amazing older adults that developed their own community projects in their communities. During this work, the unfortunate dichotomy society and culture holds against young and old was brought to the forefront. This revealed a deep frustration of so much misunderstanding from the impact of ageism.   Jamie is enthused to be working with youth, again, to create space for people to step into an active role and amplify their democratic voice. Hopefully inspiring others to think differently about millennials.

JAMIE ZARN
Edmonton Hub Coordinator

Connection and belonging have always been a deep quest for Jamie. She discovered these characteristics were often found in places she experienced deep community - such as summer camp, Katimavik, & Next Up. This inspired her, along with other inequities people experience, to engage in community facilitation and organizing to amplify other’s voices and make space for change about the many difficult realities that are unjust. While doing this work, she was completing her Bachelors of Social Work. She spent most of her time learning and unlearning the ways in which oppressive systems have infiltrated into everyday life. Her focus is utilizing theories and ways of practicing within an anti-oppressive & community building practice.

This work led to many exciting opportunities for Jamie. She was engaged in doing community building and reducing social isolation with older adults. This work gave her an incredible experience of working with some amazing older adults that developed their own community projects in their communities. During this work, the unfortunate dichotomy society and culture holds against young and old was brought to the forefront. This revealed a deep frustration of so much misunderstanding from the impact of ageism. 

Jamie is enthused to be working with youth, again, to create space for people to step into an active role and amplify their democratic voice. Hopefully inspiring others to think differently about millennials.

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 STEPHANIE JEREMIE   Programs Manager   Thinking for most of her life that a career as a lawyer was set in stone, Stephanie was surprised when she fell hard for the second man in her life: Political Science. During her undergraduate studies at Concordia University, she was able to experience some life altering internships with Equitas in Montreal, UN Women in New York and the YMCA in Quito, Ecuador. Although, she is still passionate about international cooperation; she is happy to have found a home with AisB where she can pursue her other passions in life including civic engagement and community building. She can finally be a nerd here and is loving it!  

STEPHANIE JEREMIE

Programs Manager

Thinking for most of her life that a career as a lawyer was set in stone, Stephanie was surprised when she fell hard for the second man in her life: Political Science. During her undergraduate studies at Concordia University, she was able to experience some life altering internships with Equitas in Montreal, UN Women in New York and the YMCA in Quito, Ecuador. Although, she is still passionate about international cooperation; she is happy to have found a home with AisB where she can pursue her other passions in life including civic engagement and community building. She can finally be a nerd here and is loving it!
 

 AMANDINE PISON   Events Coordinator   Amandine spent the last fews years working towards a personal goal to create meaningful spaces for community engagement through art, to break down barriers to entry by bringing the art out of the gallery in to the public realm, and creating opportunities for communities and artists alike to showcase their talents in non-conventional and uniting ways.  With a background in arts and event leading, she hopes to bring an artistic perspective when leading events with youth.

AMANDINE PISON

Events Coordinator

Amandine spent the last fews years working towards a personal goal to create meaningful spaces for community engagement through art, to break down barriers to entry by bringing the art out of the gallery in to the public realm, and creating opportunities for communities and artists alike to showcase their talents in non-conventional and uniting ways.

With a background in arts and event leading, she hopes to bring an artistic perspective when leading events with youth.

 KENDRA SHARP  Communications and Social Media Assistant    Kendra first became involved with A is B as a volunteer, interested in the new ways in which her generation engages with Democracy. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, hoping to one day continue to work in contexts of changing political engagement. 

KENDRA SHARP
Communications and Social Media Assistant

Kendra first became involved with A is B as a volunteer, interested in the new ways in which her generation engages with Democracy. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, hoping to one day continue to work in contexts of changing political engagement. 

 
 
    SHAGANA EHAMPARAM  Communications Manager   Born and raised in Toronto to Sri Lankan refugee parents within a multicultural community, Shagana has always been interested in hearing from and bringing together diverse voices. As a once apathetic young person herself, she is looking forward to finding new ways to engage with different groups of youth across Canada to support their journey towards active citizenship.  Shagana draws on her years of international work experience in the not-for-profit sector, including projects in London, New York, Liberia, Mumbai, and other cities across Europe. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Public and Urban Policy at the New School in New York City.   

 

SHAGANA EHAMPARAM
Communications Manager

Born and raised in Toronto to Sri Lankan refugee parents within a multicultural community, Shagana has always been interested in hearing from and bringing together diverse voices. As a once apathetic young person herself, she is looking forward to finding new ways to engage with different groups of youth across Canada to support their journey towards active citizenship.

Shagana draws on her years of international work experience in the not-for-profit sector, including projects in London, New York, Liberia, Mumbai, and other cities across Europe. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Public and Urban Policy at the New School in New York City.

 

 TARA MAHONEY   Part-Time Researcher    Tara Mahoney is the creative director of Gen Why Media and is currently completing her PhD in Communication at Simon Fraser Unive r sity in Vancouver, B.C. Her PhD research explores the emerging forms of civic engagement at the intersection of politics and culture. As a PhD candidate, she is the project lead of the Creative Publics Lab and has been a research assistant on the national research project ‘Art for Social Change (ASC!): an integrated research program in teaching, evaluation and capacity-building’. Tara holds a BA in international relations from University of Calgary, a MA in media production from Ryerson University and certificate in Civic Engagement and Dialogue from Simon Fraser University. She has worked in the non-profit sector for In Focus Film School, the Sierra Club of Canada and Greenpeace at their Headquarters in Washington D.C.  

TARA MAHONEY

Part-Time Researcher


Tara Mahoney is the creative director of Gen Why Media and is currently completing her PhD in Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C. Her PhD research explores the emerging forms of civic engagement at the intersection of politics and culture. As a PhD candidate, she is the project lead of the Creative Publics Lab and has been a research assistant on the national research project ‘Art for Social Change (ASC!): an integrated research program in teaching, evaluation and capacity-building’. Tara holds a BA in international relations from University of Calgary, a MA in media production from Ryerson University and certificate in Civic Engagement and Dialogue from Simon Fraser University. She has worked in the non-profit sector for In Focus Film School, the Sierra Club of Canada and Greenpeace at their Headquarters in Washington D.C.  

 SAM REUSCH    Research and Evaluations Lead    A graduate from Concordia University in Anthropology with a focus on the relationship between identity, culture and politics, Sam found herself working in the private-sector Tech industry after graduation. There, she developed the processes and structure for evaluating projects and marketing initiatives internally. Having always wanted to align her work with her personal values, Sam recently made the switch to Apathy is Boring where she values the social impact of our projects and principles. When she isn’t working (or, technically, even when she is) Sam is a massive data and trivia nerd, an avid reader, and a lifelong learner.   

SAM REUSCH 

Research and Evaluations Lead

A graduate from Concordia University in Anthropology with a focus on the relationship between identity, culture and politics, Sam found herself working in the private-sector Tech industry after graduation. There, she developed the processes and structure for evaluating projects and marketing initiatives internally. Having always wanted to align her work with her personal values, Sam recently made the switch to Apathy is Boring where she values the social impact of our projects and principles. When she isn’t working (or, technically, even when she is) Sam is a massive data and trivia nerd, an avid reader, and a lifelong learner.

 

 IVAN ARTURO ESCOBAR  Montreal Hub Coordinator   Born and raised in Colombia, Ivan has had the privilege to work alongside Indigenous, non-Indigenous and Immigrant youth leaders during the past few years creating spaces for dialogue and understanding. His experience building networks of support and facilitating community projects in Montreal, Canada and Peru has made him passionate about social justice, arts and music.   Ivan believes art is a powerful tool for social change and empowering marginalized communities and hopes to build safe spaces for reflection and expression as a way to engage youth to become active artists, citizens and leaders.

IVAN ARTURO ESCOBAR
Montreal Hub Coordinator

Born and raised in Colombia, Ivan has had the privilege to work alongside Indigenous, non-Indigenous and Immigrant youth leaders during the past few years creating spaces for dialogue and understanding. His experience building networks of support and facilitating community projects in Montreal, Canada and Peru has made him passionate about social justice, arts and music. 

Ivan believes art is a powerful tool for social change and empowering marginalized communities and hopes to build safe spaces for reflection and expression as a way to engage youth to become active artists, citizens and leaders.


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