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 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.
JAMIE ZARNEdmonton 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.
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 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 SHARPCommunications 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.
DANIELLE LEDIARDOttawa 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.
SHAGANA EHAMPARAMCommunications 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 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.
IVAN ARTURO ESCOBARMontreal 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.
BRYAN SALAZAR- MONTREAL
Bryan is earning a Specialization degree in Film Studies and a Major in Political Science at Concordia University. Having grown up in three different countries, he is familiar with some of the challenges that young people face, from being a stranger to a new country and language, to dealing with family break-ups, and LGBT issues. This personal narrative has inspired Bryan to work with young adults in a variety of settings. His most recent experiences are with the human rights committee at Hanyang University, where he helped influence student affair policy towards minority groups while completing an exchange program in South Korea. During his time abroad, Bryan also volunteered with Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) to provide North Korean defectors with English lessons and skills training for their settlement and integration into society.
AALIM RATTANSI- TORONTO
Aalim finished his undergraduate degree at McMaster University having studied Philosophy and Biology. He is very interested in any work being done for the development and consolidation of civil society, both locally and globally. His interestcomes from a combination of his education in Ethics, and the work he has had the opportunity to do with engaging people across generations in their communities and personal lives. Towards thisend, he has been lucky enough to work with kids at various camps, and volunteer for initiatives by the Aga Khan Development Network. Aalim is currently an intern at Figure 1, a network for health carepractitioners to connect and consult one another in their medical cases. Between this, and the work being done by Apathy is Boring, Aalim is looking forward to continuing his involvement with organizations striving to make positive and catalytic social impact.
SYNTHIA JAHAN- VANCOUVER
Synthia is drawn to almost all things creative. Her love for photography began when she was little, watching her dad with his 35mm Olympus, taking time to carefully compose each scene he captured. She went on to study Fine Art Photography at the University of Calgary during her Bachelors in Fine Arts (Arts/ Photography). She also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies Architecture from Dalhousie University. Aside from her love for photography, her interests and passions are broad, ranging from picking the strings of a guitar to picking up a hammer on site to picking up a pen with a group of designers, to spending the day painting and making a mess. Working in a variety of design roles has fuelled her desire to find creative and collaborative approaches at all scales. She has had the privilege to contribute to a number of international and local projects in Bangladesh, Nicaragua, India, and Canada. When not taking photos, Synthia works as an Architectural/ Interior Designer.
Michelle is a Communication student at Simon Fraser University. She is a story enthusiast and her goal is to give voice to the voiceless. She is pursuing journalism to use storytelling as a method of unification among divided communities. She is an advocate for health issues and is passionate to contribute to them through her writing.
She works to engage with diverse communities. She is a committee member of World University Service Canada, where she helps refugees integrate into their new university life. She is also a SFU Health Peer Educator, where she develops initiatives to encourage a healthy student lifestyle. She had the opportunity to work in Communications at the Neil Squire Society, a Canadian non-profit, who empower people with disabilities. She is excited to interview and share the stories of young passionate Canadian advocates.
LIZA CHATTERJEE- EDMONTON
Liza was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, but is lucky to call Edmonton home. Edmonton is geographically and culturally unique, a cool northern city that has many gifts as well as challenges. She is an avid cyclist, student, and art lover. Her favourite view of Edmonton is from the top of Rowland Road, but she also loves being in the city -walking through Boyle-MacCauley, going to shows, meeting friends for coffee.
REBECCA KLAASSEN- OTTAWA
Rebecca is a passionate global citizen, advocate for youth engagement, and strong believer in social justice. She is currently finishing up her degree in International Development at the University of Ottawa and has been involved extensively in the campus and city-wide communities through a diversity of work and volunteer experiences; most recently with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities International and as a Youth Action Plan Facilitator for the DILA leadership program. When she isn’t studying or working, Rebecca is likely hiking in Gatineau Park, biking to the beach, browsing a used bookstore or planning her next travel adventure.
DANIELLE LENARCIC BISS- TORONTO
Danielle Lenarcic Biss is a native Torontonian. Most recently, she worked for Canada’s national association of universities, communicating and researching higher education, research and innovation priorities. Her previous experiences include promoting and marketing Toronto’s waterfront area and archiving historical documents pertaining to new immigrants to Canada. Danielle is a passionate storyteller and amateur mobile photographer. Her photos have been featured on more than two dozen curated Instagram accounts in Canada and Europe. With her trademark positive attitude and boundless energy, Danielle also serves her community through volunteer work focused in literacy, education, film, heritage and culture. Danielle graduated with distinction and first-class honours from Mount Allison University, where she conducted emerging research on student readiness for post-secondary education and predictors of student adjustment to university. She is an alumna of SHAD (formerly Shad Valley) and the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership.
SADIA RAFIQUDDIN- MONTREAL
Born in Sargodha, Pakistan, Sadia draws inspiration from her early exposure to human rights violations. The legacy of her parents’ move to Canada as refugees in 1990 motivated her to pursue a life devoted to the advancement of human rights. Sadia is a freelance journalist, photographer and writer covering an array of human rights stories. She is currently experimenting with a number of mixed media storytelling initiatives using film, photography and radio. Her intention is to produce national exhibitions that create space for healing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the process of reconciliation. Prior to pursuing journalism full-time, Sadia was Manager of Prospect Research and Donor Report Writing at the Cirque du Soleil’s Foundation, One Drop, based in Montreal. She also served as Program Officer at Philanthropic Foundations Canada, Director of Client Programs and Youth Development at the Seva Food Bank, Researcher at the Australian Human Rights Commission and Director of Fundraising and Senior Research Analyst at the University of Toronto’s G8 Research Group.
ELIJAH MONROE - TORONTO
As a Cayuga First Nation person, Elijah Monroe was raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve #40. He is a recent graduate of the Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Photography program. Currently, Monroe is working as a Research Assistant for Sheridan College in the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support. Monroe is passionate about issues affecting Indigenous Peoples of Canada and strives for Canadian Reconciliation in the country.
JENNY SUTTON- OTTAWA
Jenny is currently studying International Development at the University of Ottawa. In between coop terms and school, she can be found playing basketball, practicing yoga, hiking, or riding her bike along the Rideau Canal. Her professional background includes coop terms at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and at a landmine ban advocacy NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal. These experiences have shaped her interests, as she is motivated by social change, specifically in sustainability, youth engagement and indigenous issues in Canada.
NATASHA COMEAU- MONTREAL
Natasha was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is currently living in Montreal attending McGill University. Natasha is a fourth year undergraduate student completing a Joint Honours Degree in International Development and Political Science with a Minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies. She hopes to obtain a graduate degree in international development and is particularly interested in studying the role of feminist perspectives in non-profit organizations and foreign policy development. Natasha's interests outside of school include travelling, playing soccer, running, skiing and snowboarding.
KYLA PASCAL- EDMONTON
Kyla is a burgeoning entrepreneur from Edmonton, Alberta. A recent B.A. graduate with a Community Service-Learning certificate, she focuses on promoting positive community engagement and participation. Her favourite way to engage in the community is by pulling espresso shots and slinging pints at some of the best local cafes and bars around town. In her spare time you can find her checking out a comedy show or walking her dogs in the river valley.
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