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Students Commission PartnersA map of Canada with pins indicating where the Students Commission is working with others to support youth well-being. To view list of partners click " Partners List " link, below.Clicking on the map will give you a tour of our Network of Partners.

Students Commission of Canada's Network of Partners

We co-ordinate three national networks: Youth/Adult Partnership, Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, and Sharing the Stories, plus several local and regional networks. For more detail see What We Do or contact our Central Node.

Victoria, BC: Nishad Khanna, Research Director for The Students Commission of Canada and the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement. Tel:(250) 412-4131

Golden, BC: Weekly and in-school programming for our SIFT program Jocelyn GallantGolden Youth Engagement Network, SIFT and youth-adult partnership network Kristine Divall Tel: (306) 290 5264, General Inquiries

Saskatoon, SK: Office of the Students Commission of Canada, close to 100 partners support Youth-Adult Partnership Network youth programs and Sharing the Stories. Dave Shanks Tel: (306) 260-3309

Region surrounding Saskatoon, SK: Saskatoon Tribal Council, Sharing the Stories subscriber.General Enquiries Tel: (306) 956-6100

North Battleford: Youth-Adult Partnership Network youth program site.

Prince Albert, SK: SIFT site, Creating Safer Spaces nation-wide – Workshops, Training, and Resources. Contact: Tara Switenky

Winnipeg, MB: Ma Mama Wi Chi Itata: Youth-Adult Partnership Network youth program site. Email: info@mamawi.com Tel: (204) 925-0300

Thunder Bay, ON: Regional Multicultural Youth Centre: youth adult partnership network youth program site

Toronto, ON: Central Canada Regional Node of the SCC, close to 500 partners who are a part of Youth-Adult Partnership Network and the Sharing the Stories subscribers. Email: info@studentscommission.ca Tel: (416) 597-8297

Humber College, ON: a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

St. Catherine's, ON:Brock University , a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

Simcoe County, ON: New Path Youth and Family Services: Sharing the Stories Subscriber and Youth-Adult Partnership Program Site

Prince Edward County, ON: Greater Than Youth County Collective, a collective impact project focused on improving High School graduation rates for rural Youth. Email inquiries

Lennoxville, Québec: Bishop's University a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

Manouane First Nation, Québec:a Youth-Adult Partnership Network program site

Montréal, Québec: SIFT site, Creating Safer Spaces nation-wide – Workshops, Training, and Resources. Contact: Oswaldo Paz Flores

Fredericton, NB: St. Thomas University, a member of the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement.

Summerside, PEI: Generation XX, Sharing the Stories subscriber and the Youth-Adult Partnership Network program site. Email inquiries | (902) 436-7699

Whitehorse, YT BYTE-Empowering Youth, a Sharing the Stories subscriber and Youth-Adult Partnership Network program site. Email inquiries

Iqaluit, NU: Youth-Adult Partnership Network program site

The Students Commission of Canada Statement of Purpose

Purpose: The SCC is a charitable organization that purposefully works with others to ensure that young people are valued, heard and their ideas for improving themselves, the lives of their peers and communities are put into action.

Our desired outcome: A world where all young people transition positively into a successful adulthood.

Our Four Pillars: Respect, Listen, Understand, Communicate™

Respect

Decorative

We start with respect for the gift and strength that each person carries within: for young people, their idealism and their capacity to improve the world

Listen

Decorative

With respect as our foundation, we learn to listen. We listen not just with our ears, but with our heads, hearts and all of our senses. We listen actively, intensely, not just to words, but to silences, to deeds, to experiences.

Understand

Decorative

To understand is to go beyond listening, to process what we have heard from others, to reflect upon the new knowledge and gifts given to us.

Communicate

Decorative

The beginning of action, this is when the obstacles fall away. We create plans with others and implement them to make a positive difference in our world.

Our Strategic Priorities

Our focus is to stay small, incubate ideas directly with youth, and work in partnership in all projects with youth and other organizations. We focus on being a node in the web of Canadian organizations and institutions that promotes the exchange of knowledge and expertise among youth and organizations to promote all youth thriving in a healthy Canada.

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Turn Knowledge into Action and Action into Knowledge

  1. Capture knowledge and tell stories about what's working and not working for Canadian youth.
  2. Increase and share the evidence-base for decision-making related to effective youth programming and development.
  3. Young people generate and use evidence to take action on issues that matter to them.
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Strengthen Networks

  1. Champion youth-led initiatives, provide and advance youth opportunities to network with each other.
  2. Work with others to shape a positive future for all young Canadians.
  3. Build capacity, connections and understanding among youth and organizations.
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Strengthen our function as a Node in the Youth Well-Being Network

  1. Continue to reflect upon, refine and execute our specific skill sets to contribute to the network purpose.
  2. Continue to strengthen and diversify our funding sources to sustain our activities over longer periods of time without financial pressures.
  3. Continue to hire young people and support our staff, volunteers with professional development.
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Our Culture

  1. We incubate and innovate with youth and, because we do, we generate sparks for positive change.
  2. We work in youth-adult partnerships and, because we do, young people's voices are influential in improving their lives and the lives of their peers.
  3. We work with partners and, because we do, we are inclusive and supportive, building community and strengthening a network of partners dedicated to youth thriving.
  4. We turn knowledge into action, and action into knowledge and, because we do, we are constantly learning and improving our process, as well as those of others.
  5. We work with vision and passion and strive to integrate head, heart, feet and spirit in all that we do.

Our Board of Directors

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Brina Ludwig-Prout
Chair elected-2018

Brina Ludwig-Prout
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Brina is a change management and project management expert with more than 20 years of experience as an independent consultant. She specializes in implementing large, complex, strategic projects and is a certified Human Resource Leader with a background in operations and information technology management. Known for her collaborative, inclusive style, Brina has consulted to senior levels in corporate Canada for much of her career and now also consults to emerging entrepreneurs and organizations in the social enterprise field. Brina is passionate about inter-generational collaboration, diversity and inclusion and ensures that mentoring is a key component of any contract she undertakes. She has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council's (TRIEC) Connector Program; a Strategic Advisor to the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Ontario; and, an inaugural member of the League of Intrapreneurs, Canada. Brina has a certificate in Medicine Wheel Facilitation from the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Child Development Institute.

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Véronique Church-Duplessis
Director of Research and Evaluation, Mentor Canada

Véronique Church-Duplessis
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In 2016, after 12 years in academia, Véronique transitioned to the non-profit sector in search of new challenges and opportunities to use her research and knowledge translation skills for the benefit of our community. As the director of research and evaluation for Mentor Canada, Véronique works to build bridges between research and practice. She leads research projects to better understand the positive impact of mentoring on young people’s positive development and the barriers that prevent them from accessing these potentially transformative relationships. Véronique first came across the SCC in 2017 while leading a project on healthy relationships and was immediately won over by the SCC’s social purpose and meaningful approach to youth engagement. Véronique holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Toronto as well as an M.A. and B.A. from the Université de Montréal. Véronique also holds a certificate in project management from the University of Toronto.

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Poornima Muralidhar
Director, Algorithmic Trading Technology, RBC Capital Markets

Poornima Muralidhar
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Poornima Poornima has been with RBC Capital Markets since 2012 and became connected to the SCC through the Sharing the Stories research and evaluation platform. Poornima supported the SCC team in re-imagining the platform by providing expert advice on database design and user experience. Poornima was inspired by her experience with the SCC that she applied to join the SCC Board of Directors.

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Brenda Okorogba
Founder, Momentswithbren Consulting

Brenda Okorogba
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Brenda is the founder of Momentswithbren Consulting, a boutique training and coaching firm that provides students, entrepreneurs, researchers and diverse communities with access to opportunities to improve collective prosperity, social capital, and economic dignity. Brenda's mission is to help organizations and individuals achieve their goals by providing dignity-informed guidance and support, leveraging her extensive knowledge and experience to drive results. Her passion for youth 3E (Education, Empowerment and Employment) and organizing meaningful experiences for people and communities led her to join the SCC. Brenda believes in the power of transformative journeys to change the way we learn, live, play and think about the world, interact with each other and the planet, and is committed to making a positive impact in her community.

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Stephanie Clark
Recreation Services Manager, City of Iqaluit

Stephanie Clark
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Involved in the Students Commission network since the late 1990s in Saskatoon, Stephanie joined the SCC family out in Toronto in the carefree days of the early 2000s. Here she found support for her involvement in projects that sharpened her engagement skills and crossed her path with countless young people that fundamentally shaped the way she looks at youth, the community and life. Stephanie stepped away from The Students Commission for a few years to try her hand at managing housing programs for youth. After five years of that eventually Stephanie found her way to Iqaluit where she currently oversees community programs for the Recreation Department with the City.

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Gina Jeneroux
Future Work & Skills Strategist

Gina Jeneroux
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Gina is on a mission to change how people build new skills to prepare for a bold future, starting now. Through a career spanning more than 30 years in the financial and learning industries – including 5 years as Chief Learning Officer at BMO Financial Group, and now as an industry strategist and Professor of Practice in Future Work & Skills at International Business University (IBU) – Gina has developed deep expertise in business leadership, human-centered design, and predicting and developing skills for the future.

She has a proven track record of driving strategies and solutions that make an impact, and she has led her teams to win more than 20 global industry awards.

In addition to her role as a board member for SCC, Gina also sits on the executive advisory boards for various learning, technology and professional networks.

Gina holds an MBA in Financial Services from Dalhousie University, she is a Fellow of the Learning & Performance Institute (LPI), and she is a curious explorer who tries to learn at least one new thing each day.

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Debra D. Kerby
President & CEO, The Learning Partnership

Debra D. Kerby
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Debra is President & CEO of The Learning Partnership, a national Canadian charitable organization with a mission to inspire and equip todays’ students, regardless of their circumstances, to become tomorrow’s problem solvers and change makers.

Debra’s leadership experience spans both the private (Labatt’s, Warner-Lambert) and non-profit (Right To Play, Canadian Feed The Children) sectors, blending international experience and entrepreneurial spirit to deliver a meaningful difference for children and youth in underserved communities. Her leadership hallmarks are creativity, curiosity and engaging teams for impact. Debra rejuvenates spending time in the wilderness, be it urban or remote.

With a strong background in not-for-profit governance, Debra holds an M.Sc. in International Development Management from the London School of Economics; an International MBA from the University of Edinburgh; and a B.A. from Queen’s University. Debra was honoured to receive a full scholarship to the Harvard Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.

Our Staff

Sharif Mahdy
Chief Executive Officer

Sharif Mahdy
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Toronto, ON (Treaty 13 Territory)

Sharif is the CEO of the Students Commission of Canada (SCC) and the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement. Sharif has been with the SCC since 2010 and is accountable for ensuring the cultural and financial sustainability of the organization. Sharif is also accountable for the long-term strategic visioning and operational excellence of the organization. Sharif has an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. He also has a Masters of Arts in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University. Sharif is also the Volunteer Chair of the National Alliance of Children and Youth (NACY): a national charitable organization that brings organizations together in a collaborative network dedicated to enhancing the well-being of children and youth in Canada. Sharif sits on several non-profit Boards including the Catalysts Circle, the Child Development Institute and Mentor Canada.

Christa Romaldi
Associate Director

Christa Romaldi
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Christa is an adventurous and energetic person, with a love of the outdoors, reading and traveling. She has been to Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa and has extensively traveled North America; in many of these contexts she was working with children and youth. In fact, Christa has been working with children and youth for over 15 years: designing, implementing and supervising programs in various capacities and with diverse populations. She has spent the last 6 years supporting youth leadership and youth engagement in Canada, through organizational and personal mentorship, research and evaluation, and systems change projects, like Students Commission Collective Impact Toronto Youth.

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Nishad Khanna
Research Director

Nishad Khanna
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Victoria, BC (Traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples)

Nish has worked with the Students Commission since 2002. He believes that young people are crucial researchers; they have critical questions and knowledge needed to improve our communities. Nish enjoys youth participatory action research approaches to mobilize knowledge into action and action into knowledge. He has been involved in developing and implementing various youth programs, events and youth-engaged evaluation and research with our partner networks. Nish wants to live in a world where all young people can explore possibilities and thrive.

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Stoney McCart
Director, Program Development

Stoney McCart
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Toronto, ON (Treaty 13)

Stoney , a co-founder of the Students Commission of Canada, began her journey at the SCC's first-ever conference in 1991 as an adult ally from Tiny Giant (TG) magazine. As publisher of TG, Stoney had converted an adult-written youth magazine into a youth-directed voice with an editorial board of 100 students from across Canada, reaching every high school in the country. As Executive Director of SCC from 1992 to 2017, she supported youth across Canada to turn their expressions of their ideas into action. She also helped establish and lead the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement to establish an evidence base for youth-driven work. Now, as SCC's Director of Strategic Partnerships. she is focussed on generating big ideas with partnering organizations, youth and adult allies that will enhance and amplify positive futures for all youth in Canada.

Todd Ward
Art Director

Todd Ward
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Oro Station, (Ontario) (Treaty 16 Territory)

Todd has been with the Students Commission from its beginning in 1991. A great believer in youth-adult partnership he combines a passion for the visual arts with a desire to encourage young people to share their thoughts and experience visually and affect positive change. In collaboration with youth he designs messaging that is relevant and meaningful for young people and the youth-serving organizations that promote youth well-being. He believes that, whether you're young or old, being part of something bigger than ourselves empowers us all. If Todd had a label it would read 'Grey is the new silver'.

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Kwaku Agyemang
Client Relationship and External Communication Manager

Kwaku Agyemang
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Toronto, ON (Treaty 13)

Kwaku is the Client Relationships and External Communications Manager at The Students Commission of Canada. With a media production background and a degree from Toronto Metropolitan University, he brings valuable skills to scale the organization's communications impact. Hailing from Toronto's Rexdale neighborhood, Kwaku is dedicated to empowering youth and improving education through his involvement with Trust 15's Men of Distinction program. As Client Relationships and External Communications Manager, he builds bridges and supports network partners in his efforts to advance the organization's mission and vision.

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Dave Shanks
Associate Director, Lead Facilitator

Dave Shanks
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Saskatoon, SK. Treaty 6 Territory

I love this job because I get to see young people's ideas put into action. I want to live in a city, and province and a country that values and cares about children and youth.

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Waltta Kadane Headley
Network Coordinator, STS and Program Delivery

Waltta Kadane Headley
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Kadane Headley Kadane Headley is a passionate and dedicated Child and Youth Care practitioner with years of combined experience in various settings, including community, group homes, and a child and adolescent psychiatric in-patient unit. Over the course of 15 years, Kadane has focused on providing support and building meaningful connections with children and adolescents. Kadane's commitment to The 4 Pillars: Respect, Listen, Understand, Communicate™ guides her work. With a strong educational background and ongoing professional growth, Kadane combines her expertise in child and youth care with pediatric psychosocial care to make a positive impact in the lives of children and adolescents.

Kadane resides in Saskatoon, SK, which is situated on lands that were originally and continue to be inhabited by the Plains Cree, Saulteaux or Plains Ojibwe, Dakota, Nakoda or Assiniboine, and Métis nations.

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Florence Bergeron
Associate Director of Knowledge Mobilization

Florence Bergeron
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Lévis Qc. Unceded Territories of the Abenaki People

Florence joined the SCC in 2019, after completing an Honours Bachelor in psychology and a graduate certificate in knowledge mobilization. This background made her realize how important it is to share the results of research and program evaluations to the communities to help them improve practices and policies. By being a part of SCC, she feels like she can actively take part in this mission with a group of devoted people. Florence is a positive and passionate person, a big foodie, and a CrossFit amateur.

Olga Bolivar
Senior Bookkeeper

Olga Bolivar
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Olga has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has good working experience with profit and non-profit organizations. She is fluent in Spanish and English. Her dream is to get both a Nutrition certificate and a French certificate. She loves the environment and tries to look after the planet. In her free time, she does volunteer work and likes to math tutor primary students.

Fiona Amara
Lead Analyst

Fiona Amara
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Hey everyone, my name is Fiona (yes, like in Shrek) but my friends call me Fio. I am currently completing my Master’s in Developmental Psychology at Brock University. My research will be looking at aggression and people with dark and psychopathic traits. It may come to no surprise that I love anything true crime and horror related. On a less sinister note, I am deeply passionate about mental health awareness. I appreciate everything the SCC does for mental health, as well as the inclusivity of safe spaces. Although I am an introverted network analyst, I love working with youth, and the Canada We Want conference changed my outlook on things. It feels rewarding to pursue meaningful work that impacts the lives of youth.

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Chantelle Edwards
Network Partner Manager

Chantelle Edwards
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Chantelle is a Network Partner Manager for the Students Commission of Canada. Before graduating with a B.Sc. Hons focused in Forensic Science, she didn’t realize her passion for psychology and mental health awareness until completing minors in both Law and Psychology to fill her final year. Now she uses the research and statistical skills from her science background to help in her work as a community action research facilitator. Whether listening to or creating it, music is Chantelle’s deepest passion and favourite art form. Also a huge foodie, you can usually find her attempting to recreate all the mouth-watering, delectable recipes she’s discovered while watching Food Network shows at the gym.

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Jose Romero
Financial Coordinator

Jose Romero
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Jose works as a Finance and Data Coordinator for the Students Commission of Canada (SCC). He started working for the SCC in late 2020. Originally from Venezuela, Jose immigrated in 2006 with his family to Montreal, Quebec. He is a third-year Finance and International Business student at Concordia University. His passions include numbers, personal growth, and making the best of every day

He hopes to discover more and better ways to make young people feel valued, and share these methods with others. At the SCC, he hopes to expand his social network and meet new people, which will help him develop new interests and reach new objectives.

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Christian Everall
Network Facilitator

Christian Everall
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Christian Everall works with youth to amplify their voices in ways that affect changes in their lives at all the individual, social, and community levels. She has experience in Participatory Action Research though her community involvement in Prince Edward County. In her position as a Network Facilitator, she works with the Sharing the Stories platform to help youth serving organizations to evaluate their programs and create reports that indicate why youth join their programs, why they stay, what qualities of the program youth like most, and which outcomes are the groups achieving through their work. She enjoys networking with all sorts of people that drive change in their communities and is always amazed at the ingenuity of youth.

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Victoria McLuckie
Lead Network Coordinator, Healthy Relationship and Logistics

Victoria McLuckie
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Vic is a Network Coordinator with the Students Commission, she started working with us in November 2020. She grew up in Toronto and when she was 19, Vic went abroad to complete her BA(Hons) at the University of Glasgow in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. She spends much of her free time volunteering with the Canadian Cadet Organization. The cadet organization sparked is where her desire to work with young people began. In her work life, she is most passionate about mental health advocacy and LGBTQIA2+ rights. Vic is an avid reader and camper, loves a good rainstorm and trying new recipes. When in doubt, you can find her tucked up on the couch with a warm drink and a good show!

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Yana Berardini
Fidelity Lead for Sharing the Stories

Yana Berardini
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Toronto, ON (Treaty 13)

Yana has joined the SCC team in 2022 as a Network Analyst, after doing her Post Doc Fellowship there. She is now the Fidelity Lead for Sharing the Stories Research Platform. She has a Masters and a PhD from Child and Youth Studies, from Brock University. Her hobbies include taking road trips and exploring new places with her family (which with two young children never gets old!), finding new snacks (especially over the border or in many communities across Toronto), and watching hours of good TV shows. You can always find her smiling about something and getting excited over the smallest things. She is obsessed with research and data analyses, but most of all, she likes it when she can turn simple results into meaningful stories that improve young people’s lives and promote mental health.

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Alex Preagola
Network Analyst

Alex Preagola
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Alex is a Network Analyst for the Students Commission of Canada (SCC), all the way from Saskatoon and even farther from the Philippines. She moved to Canada in 2014 and has since pursued an academic career in science. Now, she’s trying to get an MSc degree in Aquatic Ecology to fill the void that is her dream to be a veterinarian. Don’t worry, the dream is still alive; she just really loves the process of scientific research, for better or for worse. In 2021, she started working for the SCC which allowed her to apply her skills in data analysis, as well as contribute to the evidence-based ethos of the SCC to build a better Canada for youth.

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Janica Maya
Network Coordinator

Janica Maya
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Janica is a Network Coordinator for the Students Commission of Canada. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Diversity and Equity Studies and a graduate certificate in Mental Health & Addiction from the Toronto Metropolitan University. She is passionate about creating safer spaces for youth and providing them with the tools and confidence to learn, grow and flourish in their communities and themselves. Outside of work, you can find Janica soaking in the sun while enjoying a book in the park or strolling through the streets of Toronto.

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Kaitlin Power
Network Coordinator

Kaitlin Power
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Kaitlin is a Network Coordinator who joined the Student’s Commission of Canada in late 2022 after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Kaitlin is a bubbly, charismatic person who is always looking to make new friends and build personal connections. She enjoys all things lifestyle (cooking, interior design, fashion, wellbeing) and is a total foodie!

In her early adolescent years, she recognized that she wanted to make a difference in the youth mental health space which led her to working and volunteering with various youth initiatives. She is eager to dive into her role at the SCC and amplify youth voices.

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Nadia Hanif
Network Lead, 21st Century Skills

Nadia Hanif
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Nadia joined the Students Commission of Canada in November 2022. Her dedication is to ensure that everyone has the space and tools needed to amplify their ideas and voices. Working with SCC has allowed her to feel like she can actively take part in this mission. Her background stems from Social Work and has worked with Employment Ontario for over eleven years. This afforded her an opportunity to hone her skills over the years and provided her with experience in networking, engagement, and capacity building. Outside of work you’ll be sure to find Nadia either on a dance floor, leisurely biking, hiking, learning a new craft, and or learning French!

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Lauren Wengle
Network Coordinator

Lauren Wengle
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Lauren (she/they) is a Network Coordinator for Sharing the Stories and Program Delivery at the SCC. They are an energetic, creative individual who finds joy in meeting new people and strives to cultivate connection. They have a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and Psychology and joined the SCC in 2022 after working in gender-based violence education and prevention. Their passion for working with youth began during their undergraduate degree while doing peer counselling for university students. Since then, Lauren has discovered the power behind mobilizing youth voice for change and is able to embed this into practice in their work at the SCC. When they aren’t working, you can find Lauren making pottery or falling off their skateboard.

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Moe Hirzalla
Software Developer

Moe Hirzalla
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Mississauga Ontario (Treaty 13)

Mohammed Hirzalla is a seasoned professional with a passion for innovation and problem-solving. With over 3 years of experience in the technology industry, he has cultivated a diverse skill set encompassing software development, project management, and strategic planning. Mohammed's expertise lies in leveraging cutting-edge technologies to drive business growth and optimize operational efficiency. He has successfully led numerous cross-functional teams and spearheaded the development of innovative software solutions for both start-ups and established organizations. A lifelong learner, Mohammed stays abreast of the latest industry trends and continuously seeks opportunities to expand his knowledge. With his strong analytical expertise and collaborative approach, he is consistently driven to exceed expectations. Mohammed holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and is committed to driving digital transformation in today's rapidly evolving landscape.

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Josie Bernal
Data Integrity Coordinator

Josie Bernal
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Toronto, ON (Treaty 13 territory)

Josie Bernal started working for the Students Commission of Canada (SCC) in 2023 as a Data Integrity Coordinator, after completing her B.A. in Sociology at York University, Glendon College in 2022. She joined the SCC team to help coordinate data collection and ensure youth voice is gathered and used to inform programming and policy decisions that impact young people, and their community.

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Emma Cognet
Network Coordinator

Emma Cognet
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Sherbrooke, QC (Abenaki Territory)

Emma (she/her/elle) is a Network Coordinator at the Students Commission of Canada (SCC). She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Hons) at Bishop’s University and is now completing her Master’s degree in Psychology in partnership with the SCC. She immigrated to Canada from France as a child. Emma is passionate about working closely with youth and making a difference in their lives. Through her work in various committees as well as in research and evaluation, Emma aims to connect with youth in a meaningful way to amplify and share their voices and ideas.

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Erica Ngai
Lead Evaluation & Research Coordinator, Sharing the Stories

Erica Ngai
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Toronto, Williams Treaty (1923)

Erica is the Lead Evaluation & Research Coordinator for the Sharing the Stories platform at the Students Commission. Excited to amplify youth voices in Canada, she joins the devoted team at SCC. Returning to Canada in 2022, she actively contributed to research and program delivery in Toronto. Erica earned a research-based Master’s degree in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford, driven by her experiences with diverse youth. With a passion for empowering youth, she previously organized educational programs in Southeast Asia, volunteered as a long-term humanitarian worker in Mexico, and held leadership positions as a high school teacher in Hong Kong. Beyond work, Erica enjoys traveling, exploring cafes and restaurants, taking dance lessons, and immersing herself in flowers as a freelance florist.

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Pallvi Sehijpaul
Network Coordinator, Knowledge Mobilization & Sharing the Stories

Pallvi Sehijpaul
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Vancouver, British Columbia (Located on the unceded, traditional territory of the Katzie, Kwantlen, Tsawwassen, Semiahmoo, Stó:lō Peoples).

Pallvi is a Network Coordinator, Knowledge Mobilization & Sharing the Stories. She was first introduced and became involved in Student Commission programs in 2018. She is an experienced project manager, having worked extensively in the public and private sector over the past decade leading research and event production teams. She holds a BA in International Studies, specializing in security and conflict studies, with a Political Science Minor. Pallvi has published and managed publications that are utilised as textbooks focused on national security. Her main areas of research interest include identity-based conflict, violence prevention and countering violent extremism. She is passionate about creating and fostering critical thinking skillsets, in order to foster connectivity.

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Peter Brant
Network Coordinator, Program Delivery & KIA

Peter Brant
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Tyendinaga mohawk territory (Kenhtè:ke)

Peter is a kanyen’kehà:ka person from the Rotinonhsyón:ni/Haudenosaunee. Peter is one of the Indigenous staff that’s been working with the SCC for over a year to help bring an Indigenous perspective and experience, as well as values, honour, teachings, and knowledge to the work. Peter was leading the Truth Leading to Reconciliation (TLR) project at the SCC along with the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). He also supports several other projects and programs, such as All My Relations and the #CanadaWeWant conferences. He is very sharing, lovable, adaptable, understanding, humorous, humble, etc… you have to meet him to understand! “He’s an uncle to some, he’s an uncle to all”; some youth call him Uncle Funcle Peter! He is also known as "passenger princess" and as he would say, “STOODIS and SKODEN”!

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Monica Chander
Lead Network Coordinator, SIFT and Mental Health

Monica Chander
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Southeastern Ontario (Crawford Purchase, 1783)

Monica Chander is the Lead Network Coordinator for SIFT and Mental Health programs, with academic and practical experience in holistic Child and Youth Care, Youth Leadership, and Organizational Leadership. Monica is a part-time facilitator, part-time project manager, part-time strategic planner, part-time social justice advocate, part-time outdoors enthusiast, part-time musician, part-time Excel-wizard, and full-time learner with a full and grateful heart. Monica’s email inbox may also be very full, but it's always open - please reach out!

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Jocelyn Gallant
Network Coordinator, Golden Youth Engagement Network and StS

Jocelyn Gallant
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Golden, BC (Unceded territory of the Ktunaxa people, shared with the Secwépemc people, and home of the Métis Nation Columbia River Society)

Jocelyn Gallant is a Network Coordinator and SIFT-Site Lead in Golden for the Students Commission of Canada (SCC), in Golden, BC. She grew up in an Acadian village in beautiful Prince Edward Island and pursued her post-secondary education at the University of Guelph. After graduating, she taught English in South Korea and enjoyed travelling all over this wonderful world. Her travels brought her to Golden for a ski season where she fell in love with the mountain town and her life partner, Paul. Together they enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, with their lovely family, Makaila (21), Samuel (10), and Evelyn (7). Jocelyn has worked with the SCC off and on since the Spring of 2021 and feels very fortunate for the opportunity to connect and work with youth from across Canada.

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Tara Switenky
Network Coordinator, SIFT Prince Albert

Tara Switenky
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After university and several years of travel, Tara returned home in 2004 for a short holiday – and has yet to leave! Her education and employment background includes youth and family services, program development and delivery, mentoring, casework and management within education and community organizations. Often working with vulnerable or marginalized populations, Tara enjoys creating collaborative and proactive spaces that build both community connection and personal capacity. She is as an active, longtime volunteer for several local sport, culture and health services. Tara’s favourite roles are that of mom, aunty and grandchild, grateful for a diverse and deliberate connection to family and community. She joined SCC as a full time Network Coordinator in 2023. Tara is from Prince Albert, SK, treaty 6 territory, the traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux and Sioux peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation.

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Matt Drabenstott
Qualitative Research/Program Development

Matt Drabenstott
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Innovative upstream program think-tank specializing in scalable mental health initiatives: Matt brings 10+ years of youth engagement to designing and evaluating multi-year, national programs that promote post-pandemic well-being. Published qualitative researcher, Matt has gathered and analyzed thousands of youth and practitioner stories, weaving their voices into bold advances in how we connect and care. Educator with a lot of heart, Matt has taught for 6 years at (post-)secondary levels. He is particularly passionate about helping suicidal young people choose to stay. Matt has worked with the SCC since 2017 and lives in the traditional lands of the Kansa, Osage, and Kiikaapoi peoples (Cession 69).