Rise Winnipeg

Meet our Spring 2020 Ambassadors

Aishwarya Gopalakrishnan

Multitasking between post MBA job search, my spirituality blog, my singing gigs online, dancing/yoga/gyming and reading spirituality related books and Indian ancient vedic scriptures and drawing parallels to the modern business world, currently studying a reiki healing certification course.

Experience of bringing true impact to a community by creating an awareness for inclusiveness (gender equality) for all.

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Cameron Armstrong

I love going out with my friends, seeing live shows and hanging out at my favourite coffee shop. I like to keep up with current fashion and I also enjoy researching influential and archival moments in the fashion industry. When I’m not studying or at school, I stay busy with volunteering at a local hospital or organizing community events through clubs at university.

I joined RISE because I am passionate about educating others on intersectional feminism and women’s rights. I wanted to join an organization that aligns with my own beliefs and that I know makes a difference.

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Carter Graveline
(He/Him, They/Them)

My name is Carter, my pronouns are he/they, and I am a young Métis 2spirit. I was born in Saskatchewan, but I have also lived in Ontario and Nova Scotia. This summer will mark my 10th year living in Winnipeg. When I’m not at school, I’m probably doing something in the community with my friends. I

I first heard about RISE from a friend, and I was inspired to apply because you get the opportunity to connect with youth in your own city and across the country to better our communities together, and that’s something I am deeply passionate about.

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Clèche Kokolo

I’m currently studying for my university, I also work part-time at the library

Because it is time to RISE above gender inequality. Out of RISE I want to learn the skills and connections in order to create projections that have the possibility to change the current mentalities in society.  Also, I want to take the time to meet with other youth and understand their stories and perspectives that led to want to be involved with the RISE program.

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Hannah Fekri El-Giadaa

I am a reader first, writer second. You can usually find me studying on campus, cooking with family, or laughing with friends. 

I am looking to learn new skills, engage in my own community, and develop new relationships. I am interested in RISE, because of their inclusion of those who are a bit more inexperienced when it comes to civic and community engagement.

Masimo Picaku

There are only a few things I dread more in life than describing myself. But I'm sure I'm not special in that, so here I go. I’m persistent, motivated, and enthusiastic. When I’m not working, I’m either reading the New Yorker, listening to the same ten songs I've been listening to since grade nine, or trying to convince my friends to watch bad comedy shows on Netflix. I love traveling, checking out new food spots, and petting stranger’s dogs at the park.

What excited me about RISE is that it’s an initiative led by youth, for youth. Statistically, Gen Zs and Millennials are the largest generations, and our voices need to be heard. We have both the right and responsibility to be active participants in the well-being of our communities.

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Rita Penner

Since moving back to my hometown of Winnipeg for work after going to University out of province, I have kept busy reconnecting with my friends and family while getting into the rhythm of work/life outside of University. In my free time I try to get outside as much as possible, but when the weather is too horrific (i.e. Winnipeg winters) I hibernate inside with my dog.

I wanted to be a part of growth and change in my community while hopefully being able to grow and learn as a person as well.

Soomin Han

Hello hello! I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Environmental Studies with a concentration in Policy and Law at the University of Manitoba. A majority of my time is consumed by climate action initiatives, learning about intersectionality, and having interesting and challenging discussions with friends. 

RISE provides an opportunity to connect and learn from other youth in my community who are passionate about similar causes. I hope to learn more about the grassroots initiatives in the community, address the gaps that may exist, and start a conversation in my community about gender equality.

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Sunny Trang Pham

Ambition, charisma, dedication. The art of being, thinking, doing of people and how I apply it to life, Marketing, Business, and how I can use them to make an impact

I feel like RISE’s purpose almost matches my purpose. We all aim for an ideal world which is not yet considered to be possible and try to use this process to inspire more people to get involved and continue making positives impacts in building a better future together, regardless of personal definition of “better”.

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“Gender Adventure” is a digital and print zine on the theme of decolonizing gender: unpacking the internal conflicts of gender, unlearning internalized oppression, reshaping identities and empowering ourselves and others through the journey of gender.

Follow their journey on Insta: @aisbrise_win

Project Coordinator: Johise Namwira (She/Her)

"There’s an old African proverb that says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." RISE does just that- it encourages youth to rise to the challenges that surround their communities and work together to build positive grassroots solutions. Understanding and unpacking systemic inequality can often leave one at a loss of hope however, I fundamentally believe that there is strength in a unified community. Change is always possible when people have a shared vision and commitment to go far, not fast."

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