Hello Richmond Hill, Aurora, and Oak Ridges! I would like to take some time to introduce you to the members of my 2016/2017 Constituency Youth Council (CYC). This Youth Council will advise me, the Member of Parliament, on their perspectives of national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities, climate change, innovation, and clean growth. The CYCwill meet regularly with me, but also on their own to discuss new ideas, challenges youth are facing, and how we can work together to achieve a brighter future for tomorrow.
Please note the 2016/2017 Constituency Youth Council term has ended. If you want to join our CYC for 2017/2018, apply here by September 30, 2017!
Below are introductions to each member of the Constituency Youth Council:
From Richmond Hill Ontario, Ahmad Amannullah is President of York University In Support of Red Cross, and executive member of both Because I Am A Girl and Doctors Without Borders at York University. He displays a sense of community by participating in many initiatives in his neighborhood and school; he is passionate about various social development programs. His Political Science major has helped him in developing a critical perspective of international and domestic affairs.
Alexa Kalsatos currently lives and attends school in Richmond Hill. She is an active member of her school’s student council and holds the position of social convenor. She has been volunteering and working with children who have special needs for the past three years at local community centers. Alexa is passionate about making youth’s voices heard and is excited to be a member of the Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill Youth Constituency Council.
Archie was born in Armenia and moved to Canada in 2008. He fluently speaks Armenian and Russian languages (and is currently learning French). He completed an Advanced Diploma in Chemical Laboratory Technology from Seneca, and is currently completing his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry at York University. In his spare time, Archie has volunteered for the SMILE Mentoring Program and the Armenian Students’ Association at Seneca College. He currently volunteers at the Holy Trinity Armenian Church. Archie is confident his problem-solving abilities and practicality will be a positive contribution to discussing national issues with his peers on the council.
Armita Rabieenia is a dedicated and active member in her community. As a part of Environmental Council, she is a strong advocate of sustainability by organizing and participating in many environmental awareness events, community initiatives, and school fundraisings. Having volunteered in a variety of events in Richmond Hill, she enjoys socializing and connecting with other people while working with other youth to provide input and help advance her community. She is very involved in many activities like Environmental Council, HOSA, Photography, Math Contests, Town of Richmond Hill Camp Counseling, and volunteering in many Town events including Canada Day, Healthy Yards, Tree Planting, and Park Cleanups. As a proud resident of Richmond Hill, Armita works to make a difference through her involvement, representing the youth in her community.
Ben Mulholland is an entrepreneur and public servant passionate about his community’s health and well-being. He is an Honours Political Science and Communications graduate from McMaster University where he captained varsity Lacrosse and engaged student-athletes in meaningful volunteer experiences while coaching two teams of his own. Ben currently works as a communications advisor at the local government level, planning strategic communications. He is fluent in both official languages and is currently completing his Municipal Administration Program certificate with the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasures of Ontario, and is an active United Way Toronto-York Region GenNext committee member.
Enshia is a grade 11 student in the International Baccalaureate program at her high school, where she serves as an assistant editor of the school newspaper and as a CCR2P youth ambassador. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and volunteering. She has creative and nonfiction work recognized at the local and national levels, spent time as a hospital research intern, and is an ongoing participant of her library’s teen advisory group.
At 16, Hayden has served on his student council and sits as chair of the Youth Nation Alliance Chapter at his school, which encourages youth to develop their skills and experience through volunteerism. In his spare time, Hayden volunteers at the Mon Sheong Foundation, Yellow Brick House, Muscular Dystrophy Canada Ontario, The Salvation Army in Canada, the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival. Hayden is excited to discuss national issues with the council and share ideas on how the council can work together to contribute something positive to our community.
Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Nadia Narain is 21 years old and has recently obtained her LL.B. from University College London in the UK. It was in law school that Nadia discovered her passion for policy development. This interest drove her to join the Constituency Youth Council upon returning to Canada. She hopes to use this platform to further her goals as a human rights advocate; specifically, to bring attention and raise discussion on various issues faced by disadvantaged members of the community. Nadia has and continues to assist various vulnerable members of the local and international community, including refugees, individuals living with HIV, and victims of human trafficking. In conjunction with her work as a human rights advocate, Nadia is also currently working towards being called to the bar in Ontario and subsequently begin practicing immigration and refugee law.
Niamat Ullah was born in Mardan, Pakistan, and came to Canada at the age of two. He is currently involved in community programs such as the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and plans to join the Canadian Forces. Niamat loves to volunteer in programs at school, such as coaching the Track and Field team. Niamat finds it extremely important that he does his best to help the homeless, less fortunate, recent immigrants, refugees, veterans, and especially those with disabilities accomplish their goals.
Noah Dodgson is a high school student from Aurora. He is actively involved many leadership efforts throughout his school. He loves talking to new and different people, in English, French, or maybe even a bit of Spanish. He is very intrigued by the field of political science and hopes to learn more about Canadian politics during his time on the Constituency Youth Council.
Ryan Yu is a grade 11 high school student in the IB program. At school, he is involved with many clubs, particularly those relating to business, music, and the sciences. Outside of school, Ryan also takes part in several organizations and programs, such as SHAD and the Federation of Canadian Secondary Students’ (FCSS-FESC), as well as dedicating time to a start-up of his. In his free time, Ryan enjoys reading, making music, and learning about topics pertinent to him and the general world.
Sam Speziale is a student in his final year of secondary school. Sam has a passion for writing, politics, and law; and aspires to become a lawyer. Sam works as a volunteer in the office of Leona Alleslev, and also serves meals at the Inn from the Cold. Sam has also been involved with organizations like the Oak Ridges Retirement Community, and Davis Orthodontics. Sam joined the council to learn more about his community and discover more ways he can help and have his voice heard in the constituency. He wants to take the experience gained from working in the youth council, apply it to his life and practices, and work towards creating a reliable and sensational future.
Terry Danos lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario where he has volunteered at the Salvation Army Richmond Hill Food Bank. Terry recently participated in fundraising for the non-profit organization Angel Alert who provides support for children, elderly and vulnerable individuals in life-threatening situations. Terry is an honor roll student at his high school and is excited to bring a voice to youth in our community.