Travelling Table Topics

After 13 Table Topics events, we are making room for Travelling Table Topics: led and designed by Canadian youth, for Canadian youth like YOU.

We offer them the tools and resources they need to take ownership of the concept and give it a personal touch.

We hope to see you at one of these events!

Want to host your own event? Check out the Table Topics Toolkit !

Travelling Table Topics I

July 3, 2023 at 6pm EST

Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression in Youth Leadership

Integrating an Anti-Racsim and Anti-Oppression (ARAO) lens in your youth leadership work is critical in creating an accessible and effective initiative, non-profit, and/or company or whatever it is you are developing because ARAO is everywhere. ARAO means learning and unlearning colonial structures deeply ingrained into our society and being mindful of the conscious and unconscious ways we enable them. These can be biases and prejudices that we have picked up over time or things we have learnt from western media where people of colour are often portrayed in a stereotypical way. ARAO also means that we utilize strategies and practices that challenge and counter

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Hosted by TOPAZA YU





Travelling Table Topics II

August 3, 2023 at 6pm EST

The ABCs of First Aide

First aid provides immediate care to injured or ill individuals before professional medical help arrives. By knowing how to administer basic first aid, the general public can take immediate action in emergency situations, potentially saving lives and preventing further harm or complications. The presentation aims to raise awareness for these life-saving measures and potentially save a life. It will include information on basic life support (BLS), initial response to emergencies, treating medical emergencies and choking.

Rowan Ghalayini is a fourth-year nursing undergraduate student with the goal of becoming a nurse educator. She is located in Toronto, Ontario. As a fourth-year nursing student, Rowan has gained valuable hands-on experience through her clinical placements in hospitals and community health centers across Toronto. These experiences have allowed her to develop a deep understanding of the challenges and complexities of patient care, while also honing her ability to work collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams.

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Travelling Table Topics III

August 12th, 2023 at 7pm EST

Mental Health

Raneem will share her expertise with you as she explores the significance of addressing mental health in general. Common misconceptions surrounding mental health and emphasis on the importance of empathy, compassion, will be discussed. As mental health experiences affect people of all backgrounds, ages, and professions, this event will be especially valuable for educators, healthcare professionals, employers, and community leaders who play essential roles in creating inclusive environments that prioritize mental health.

Raneem Ghalayini is a nurse with a passion for mental health. Born and raised in Toronto, she has always had a curiosity for healthcare. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). Raneem finds joy in making patients feel comfortable and safe, and is constantly seeking new opportunities for personal growth and learning. She believes in the power of compassion and strives to make a positive impact in her community. Raneem's passion, dedication, and expertise make her a valuable asset in nursing. She is committed to advocating for her patients and looks forward to improving mental health recognition for all patients, regardless of the area of care they are receiving.

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Travelling Table Topics IV

August 26th, 2023 at 2 - 4pm

Learning Loop  

Taïna est une artiste multimédia et une organisatrice communautaire d’origine haïtienne et camerounaise née à Montréal. Le travail de Taïna explore les relations entre le futur, le passé et le présent à travers une perspective culturelle noire et cherche à créer des narratifs au-delà du narratif culturel dominant qui invisibilise souvent les personnes Noires, Autochtones et de couleurs. Son travail est axé sur la recherche et s’inspire de l’histoire, de la fantaisie et de la science-fiction pour explorer le concept de l’identité noire. Taïna a débuté l’art du collage en 2020. Depuis, elle a fait partie de plusieurs expositions collectives et a eu une exposition personnelle. Elle anime également des ateliers sur des thèmes tels que l’art, l’identité, la justice sociale et l’éducation.

Travelling Table Topics V

August 27th, 2023 at 1pm - 3pm CST

Queer Belonging

The topic of our event is Queer Belonging - highlighting the importance of queer community, and how to foster it. The event is targeted at youth ages 18-30. 

We’re aiming for this to be a discussion style event, including opportunities to ask questions to event participants. Anyone looking to learn more about fostering queer community and connecting with others is invited to attend.

Laura Boyle was born and raised on Treaty 1 Territory, colonially known as Winnipeg, MB. Following a passion for environmental sustainability, policy, and education, Laura pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2020. Around this time, Laura also came out as gay and is a proud member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. After struggling in isolation around her own identity, Laura found a passion for fostering community among queer folks and specifically those who identify as lesbian, like herself. This passion led her to co-found Please Say Dyke, a community-based creative lesbian zine that highlights the lesbian experience and identity. After a successful first launch, Laura is excited to continue creating a space and creative community within Please Say Dyke. In her free time, Laura enjoys rock climbing, natural wine, and being outside with friends and loved ones.

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Travelling Table Topics VI

August 30th, 2023 at 6PM PST

Information and Community Resources Night for Farsi Speaking women

Sara Eftekar is a health equity advocate. As a Nurse Practitioner, she has been deeply moved by the injustices experienced by her patients, inspiring her to become an activist. She has actively volunteered with AccessBC, advocating for free prescription contraception, helped implement Canada’s first ever youth policies, published a policy report and advocated for paid leave for survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) as part of Vancouver Foundation’s Level Program, created public service announcements on the radio about the barriers of health care and represented Canada at the United Nations as the first ever youth delegate. Furthermore, she has served as a Lead Advisor with Hollyburn Community Services, focusing on improving GBV services for BIPOC+ women, and as a consultant with New Westminster School District, working to revitalize their teen dating violence and sexual health curriculum.  She is the elected Vancouver Councillor of Nurses and Nurse practitioners of British Columbia (NNPBC), a Board Member of North Shore Community Resources and sits on the Advisory Child Care Action Board at the City of West Vancouver. She is also an active member of the North Shore Coordinating Committee to End Violence Against Women, spearheading the implementation of forensic nursing services at Lions Gate Hospital.


Travelling Table Topics VII


September 23rd, 2023 at 1:30pm

A Small Action Toward a Climate Justice Community

Yiming Zhang (he/him) is a recent graduate from UBC Master of Land and Water Systems. He has strong passions in leading projects related to climate mitigation, sustainability, and community engagement with expertise of project management, public communication, and visual design.

As a nature lover, Yiming loves walking in parks and along beaches to find inner peace. Participating in community events and making new friends is also his hobby. Nowadays, he is exploring the role of being an Environmental Writer.


Sayemin Naheen (she/her) is an empathetic sustainability professional committed to fostering a more equitable and inclusive future – one project at a time. As a Policy Analyst for the Province of British Columbia, she lends her expertise to clean transportation policy development.

Born and raised in Bangladesh, Sayemin's passion for sustainable development and social justice has inspired her work with diverse communities in the non-profit, development, and education sectors worldwide. She holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Deeply connected to Vancouver's sustainability community, Sayemin serves as Co-Director of Mentorship for CEP Vancouver, a Youth Board Member at CityHive, and contributes to the Solastalgia Project, a zine amplifying youth eco-anxiety through art and storytelling. As an alumnus of the US Department of State Exchange Program's Global UGRAD, she brings cross-cultural knowledge and curiosity to her endeavors.

In her free time, Sayemin enjoys exploring nature 🌲, delving into philosophy 📚, learning about different cultures 🌏, and dancing to Afrobeat rhythms 💃. 


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Travelling Table Topics VIII

October 15th, 2023 at 7pm

Gender Inclusion

Assane Kaba (he/him/his) is an Ottavian (Ottawa unceded lands and waters -Adawe) from Quebec City. Former RISE Ambassador (Cohort 6), he is inquisitive about the commutative nature of global issues in resolving large-scale problems.

His principal areas of interest include the social determinants of global health, ecosystem conservation and its impact on public health, and the dynamics that economic hegemonies in a globalized world can have towards sovereign entities and indigenous communities in postcolonial times.

Currently studying Global Development at Queen's University, he is convinced that languages are more than mechanisms for communication but rather the means to engage in an interaction founded on openness and empathy towards a culturally diverse third party, its history and challenges. Assane is currently leading Project Amity, an organization whose aim since its creation in 2019 has been to contribute to alleviating social isolation, tracing its objectives around awareness-raising, social action, and research initiatives. When he's not busy planning a French tutoring lesson, participating in his honorary society's endeavours, or learning new recipes, he can enjoy a good run in his spare time.

Assane is also a talented barista and likes to write poetry. He is also passionate about wellness and the role of music in the latter, the themes of humanism and resilience in World War II cinema, and West African literature.

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Travelling Table Topics IX

October 20th, 2023 at 4pm NDT 

Effective Trans Allyship

Julian Blackwood (he/him) is a fourth year student studying behavioural neuroscience & biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador, an active volunteer, a member of his local student union, and a proud queer activist. He makes an effort to centre marginalized voices and draw people from all walks of life into the conversation, and as a trans man himself, he holds the goal of uplifting the trans community very close to his heart. He tries to centre joy, connection, and action in all of his work, and loves helping others, no matter where they are on their journey. In his spare time, he loves being outside, engaging with art, playing D&D, and watching scary movies with his friends. 

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Hosted by ELLY POND

Travelling Table Topics X


November 2nd, 2023 at 7pm EST 

Exploring Mutual Aid and Community Care

Elly Pond (she/ they) is a performer, artist, and activist from Montreal, QC. She loves trees and green tea. They are a proud RISE Cohort 11 alum, an original member of the theatre company PlaceHolder Productions, and most recently, 1/5th of award-winning comedy-coven Tongues. You can find Elly scouring the ground for moss or vigorously searching for the glasses on top of their head.

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Travelling Table Topics XI


November 28th, 2023 at 6-8PM MST 

FPT Relations - Building the Calgary-Ottawa Bridge

Christina Caouette is a public policy and foreign affairs analyst with the Government of Canada. Currently, she works as a Senior Policy Analyst at Natural Resources Canada, where she forwards Canada’s energy security and net zero commitments as part of the Natural Gas & Hydrogen Division. Her federal government experience working for international affairs teams at Global Affairs Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada have enabled her to contribute to Canada's bilateral relations with countries in Europe, Asia, and South America.


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Hosted by CATHY YAN


Travelling Table Topics XII


December 2nd, 2023 at 11am - 1pm PST

Uncertainty, (mis)information, and improv

Cathy is a PhD student in the Genome Science and Technology program at the University of British Columbia. Her work focuses on how profiling cancer at the single-cell level can lead to optimized treatment regimens for patients. Outside of the lab, she enjoys volunteering for knowledge translation and science literacy initiatives. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in science policy, integrating her interest and experience in data-driven decision-making and community-oriented research.


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Travelling Table Topics XIII


February 1st, 2024 at 12pm MT

Sip & Spill: Digital Communication 101 for Gen Z Changemakers

Priscilla is a passionate youth advocate, co-creating initiatives that promote equity and drive sustainable change. At Canada Confesses, she mobilizes volunteers to promote awareness of social issues and advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Canada. Priscilla excels in community projects, using her leadership and digital communication skills to drive social good. 🌍Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Priscilla approaches advocacy with a global mindset and acts locally in Calgary, Alberta (Treaty 7 Territory), where she resides. Priscilla is pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at the University of Alberta, where she was awarded the Michael Rawson Clark Award for Outstanding Student Leadership.🌟Priscilla finds joy in applying theoretical knowledge from her studies to real-life contexts through community service learning. When Priscilla is not studying or volunteering, she enjoys attending webinars, playing Scrabble, listening to podcasts, reading graphic novels, taking long walks, and spending time with loved ones.👋🏾


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Hosted by JESSIE LI


Travelling Table Topics XIV

February 11th, 2024 at 6pm EST

The Power of Identity & Intersectionality

Jessie Li is a former RISE cohort 9 alum, who has a passion for fostering positive change in her community. As a recent grad from media and business, Her principal areas of interest include gender equality and DE&I. In her free time, Jessie enjoys hot yoga and exploring new restaurants in the city.


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Travelling Table Topics XV

February 23rd, 2024 

How to Show Up for All My Homes

Ayat Salih is a Sudanese visual artist, researcher and filmmaker. During and after her undergraduate degree in Media Production, her focus has been arts/artist advocacy, narrative research, anti-racist education, immigrant stories, and the responsibility of care. Ayat finds joy and belonging when working in the intersection of art and social justice. It has led her to event and campaign organizing, presenting at conferences, directing and writing short films, workshop facilitation and conducting qualitative research.

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Hosted by AYAT SALIH


Travelling Table Topics XVI

February 26th, 2024 

Who, What, Where, When, Why & How of Voting as Young Canadians

Steph is a social work student in her final year. She has a passion for mental health and social justice. She also love the outdoors and her two cats Charlie and Corduroy.

Jess is a Social Worker with NL Health Services. She is a mental health advocate, avid volunteer, and art enthusiast! She is from Carbonear, NL; currently living in St. John’s, NL.

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Travelling Table Topics XVII

March 2nd, 2024 

Anywhere And Nowhere: Finding Home One Conversation At a Time

Bảo-Vy Nguyễn is a second-generation Community Worker and multidisciplinary creative of Southeast Asian descent based in Tiohtià:ke. Her experience ranges from working with youth, adults and migrant families. Beyond her social endeavours, Bảo-Vy practices art and writing as a means of collective healing and connection. Through her creative work, Bảo-Vy seeks to challenge dominant approaches and explore subcultures, questions of identities and collaborative spaces amongst BIPOC communities. Her other focus includes facilitation, workshops and program development.

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Hosted by Bảo-Vy Nguyễn



Travelling Table Topics XVIII

March 6th, 2024 

Who owns the outdoors? Access to nature as a human right

Alyana Lalani (she/they) is an advocate for environmental conservation and sustainability. She is currently pursuing a degree in biology and oceanography at the University of British Columbia. Alyana has served as both an ambassador and a mentor for the Vancouver RISE program. They are passionate about protecting our ocean and love sharing their knowledge of marine creatures.

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Travelling Table Topics XIX

March 10th, 2024 

Sustainable Consumption

Teal (they/them) is a RISE Cohort 12 alumni based in Halifax/Kjipuktuk. They hold a Master of Arts in Environmental Policy and undergraduate degrees in International Development Studies & Global Business Management. They currently work at Clean Foundation as a Climate Lead for the Community Climate Capacity program, which has the goal of empowering Nova Scotian communities to increase their capacity around climate resilience. In their free time, they'll either be found volunteering for environmental and social causes, baking vegan desserts or playing board games.

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Hosted by TEAL BURNS


Travelling Table Topics XX

March 16th, 2024 

After Bill 31, what’s next?

Miranda Jones is a Tiohtià:ke/Montréal-based artist. She works collaboratively, and thinks a lot about how groups of people can and do work together.

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