Rise Halifax

Meet our Spring 2020 Ambassadors

Foyin Senbanjo

During the day, I work as an accountant. In my spare time, I like to watch movies, read books, eat and relax. I also enjoy listening to and discovering new music and podcasts.

I decided to join RISE to be more active in my community. I would also like to establish networks and connections with the people in my community. Finally, I think it is important to continually seek improvements in the environment and community we live in. This is one of the major paths to making the world a better place.

Laken Thibeau 

Hello! I’m a small town Nova Scotian living in the city for university. If I’m not volunteering or at the gym, I’m studying at a coffee shop or enjoying the Halifax scene. I’m passionate about making a positive impact in my community.

I feel like RISE really does make a difference already. I want to empower local youth to take charge and make a difference in their community. With RISE I already feel like I have access to tools to achieve that goal.

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Vanessa Cheverie 

I would describe myself as unfiltered, sarcastic, and funny. I’m an introvert with a kind heart and an overly active mind. I am currently finishing my Bachelor of Social Work degree at Dalhousie University and also work at a male-identifying homeless shelter in downtown Halifax. 

I applied to RISE for three reasons. #1) The theme (gender equality) is something that I am very passionate about. #2) I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and grow. #3) I wanted to be actively involved in my community and meet like-minded people!

Reach out to me on Insta:

Vishal Sharma


Zoey Lyu 

I love traveling, listening and exploring a new world.

I dream of contributing to a better community. It didn't come true until I met RISE. RISE provides young people with an opportunity to make our world a better place. RISE brings me positive energy, hope and learning opportunities. RISE teaches me to look at the world from a whole new perspective. Suddenly, I feel "Oh, our world can become so beautiful!".


“Finding Freedom” addresses the expectations that society holds surrounding an individual's gender identity through a website that will showcase different photos of various people expressing themselves.

Check out their journey on Insta: @aisbrise_hfx

Project Coordinator: Kate Macdonald (She/Her)

"RISE inspires me by intentionally centering the brilliance of youth and community while honestly addressing the boundaries around access to community work. I am excited to co-create projects that are true and reflective of Halifax experience."

Meet the Halifax Mentor


Trayvonne Clayton

Community organizing, I do mental health discussion with youth, open circle discussion, etc. involved in groups, 902ManUp to help stop violence in the communities.

For RISE I want to bring energy, ideas, support, etc to the table. I want to build multiple relationships with others who are involved and make one another’s dreams a reality. I want to bring equality to the table, treat everyone, every tradition, skin color the same and be fair with one another. I want to be the best I can be for RISE.

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