Hon. Chrystia Freeland

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University-Rosedale

Hon. Chrystia Freeland

Your member of parliament for


University-Rosedale

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Members

The University-Rosedale Youth Council

 

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Natalka Bowley – Co-Chair

Student, University of Toronto Schools

Natalka is interested and involved in affairs related to international relations and community involvement, seemingly inverse ideals which in fact have everything to do with one another. She is honoured to serve as Under-Secretary General of Finances of SOMA (Southern Ontario United Nations Association), as a founding member of her school’s Model Assembly and Foreign Relations Association, and as the lead executive of the Politician-Student Internship Initiative. Her most formative accomplishment, and the one which has given her the most insight into those issues which most affect multinational University—Rosedale was the honour of being chosen as youth delegate from Canada to the G20, and her most formative experience was the chance to spend a summer studying and volunteering in Ukraine at the Ukrainian Catholic University. As a member of the youth council, she hopes to be able to help the people of University—Rosedale interact with their governments and with the world in a more meaningful and personal way.

 

Zoe Johnson – Co-Chair

Student, I.B. Monarch Park

Zoë feels beyond fortunate to have found the University—Rosedale youth council as a place to come together with like-minded peers and discuss the pertinent issues that affect their community, country, and the world at large. As the President of her school’s Model United Nations team, Zoë has long had a profound interest in global affairs and public speaking. This passion has extended to her work representing Ontario at two consecutive international DECA competitions and as the student secretary on her school’s student council.

As the co-chair of the youth council, Zoë has helped organize and promote various initiatives in her community with a keen focus on youth disenfranchisement. This extends to her independent efforts leading a voter registration clinic for students at her school in light of the 2018 Provincial election. Now entering her last year of high school, as a student in the International Baccalaureate diploma program, Zoë looks forward to building on the amazing work that the youth council has been tirelessly doing in pursuit of greater youth engagement within politics and democracy. Zoë firmly believes that youth have a unique stake in the issues defining our time, such as climate change and sustainability, and that it is imperative that their insights shape our public discourse.

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Cameron Miranda-Radbord

Student, University of Toronto Schools

Cameron Miranda-Radbord has visited various Polynesian islands in pursuit of Trivia and Knowledge. He represented Canada in Hawaii at the International History Olympiad and New Zealand at the World Final of Kids Lit Quiz. He is currently the National Middle School History Bee Champion. In addition to his love of trivia, he is also an avid debater and MUN Delegate. He manages a small Non-Profit, Music Scarborough, that has raised hundreds of dollars for the Wishing Well Lions Club.

 

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Madeleine Schmuckler

Student, University of Toronto Schools

Madeleine Schmuckler is a Grade 10 student at University of Toronto Schools. When she’s not volunteering at Chrystia Freeland’s constituency office, she’s practicing Ancient Greek, singing in various languages, or studying for her next Latin test. She was motivated to join the Youth Council so she could have a voice in the political proceedings of her community. In her work at the constituency office, she engages in political discourse, responds to correspondence and learns obscure facts about archaic Canadian legislature. She also strives to learn about different political systems and current events around the world, in her ‘pre-training’ to become a diplomat.

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Renee Jagdeo

Student, Branksome Hall

Renee Jagdeo is a multimedia artist focused on human-centered design. With interests in behavioural economics, media management and geopolitical affairs, she focuses on her experiences in Model United Nations and content creation. Currently, she is serving as the Admissions Prefect in her final year, representing her school to prospective students and families.

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Aman Aggarwal

2017 Graduate, University of Toronto Schools

Aman firmly believes that all people should be able to live a decent life and be treated equally. In grade 6, as an active member of the Social Justice Club, Aman helped organize a food drive to help the less fortunate. More recently he marched in the Pride Parade to stand in solidarity with the LGBT+ community. Aman realizes that systemic change can best occur through political action. Aman hopes that he can make a difference during his on the youth council. Aman is going into his first year at high school. In his free time, Aman enjoys playing with his younger brother, reading adventure books and playing the cello.

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Cathy Fan

Student, University of Toronto Schools

Bio Coming Soon.

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Dagny Reese

Student, University of Toronto Schools

Bio Coming Soon.

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Ahed Zakaria

Student, University of Toronto

Ahed Zakaria (Mia) is a young, motivated social entrepreneur who joined the University-Rosedale Youth Council just over a year ago. Ahed is a strong proponent for social equality and has taken part in many activities in an effort to alleviate this problem. In grade 9, Ahed discovered a love for soap making and has attempted to combine her creative passion with her social passion to lend a helping hand to others.

She has donated her soap to organizations including SickKids, AidSyria, and the We Charity. Given Ahed’s Syrian origin, she was particularly touched when she visited the refugee camp Family Guidance- situated in Zarqa, Jordan- and donated her soap to the centre during mother’s day. She also visited the Amazon in Ecuador with Me to We and helped build a classroom in a developing community; this experience ignited her passion for promoting education in underdeveloped societies. Later on, she started a fundraiser to build a school in Ecuador. More recently, Ahed spearheaded an initiative where she taught Youth Council members the process of making soap, and they collectively donated the handmade soap to the local YMCA.

She will be attending the University of Toronto in the upcoming year and plans to pursue studies in chemistry and economics.

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Julian Greco

Student, St Michael’s College
Bio Coming Soon.

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Kyra Menezes

Student, University of Toronto Schools

Kyra is a grade ten student at the University of Toronto Schools, who moved to Canada with her two brothers and mother three years ago. Kyra has shown an interest in humanities and public speaking, pursuing DECA, speech and debate at her school. As a person who grew up in a country where she wasn’t able to express what she believed in, she never realized how powerful a person’s voice was. Her first exposure to politics was at the start of grade seven at her debate club: the first question she was asked was “what one skill would you give to every person in the world”. The skill she chose was to give every single person the ability to be literate. In her twelve-year-old mind, the most important thing to her was people being able to express, understand and share ideas. Today, her fifteen-year-old self still believes in the importance of that same basic idea: the ability for values and ideas to be said, grown and passed on from any person, regardless of who they are.

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Cooper Price

Student, University of Toronto Schools

Cooper Price is a student of the University of Toronto Schools, a current grade nine student, who is a member of the University-Rosedale Youth Council. Cooper joined this youth council to expand his existing understanding of Canadian politics and international affairs, as well as put that knowledge to use. Cooper has witnessed first hand the many problems and hardships that Torontonians, and Canadians as a whole, face on a daily basis. He wants to use the platform that is the Youth Council to not only communicate these issues but act upon them. On top of the Youth Council Cooper also volunteers with the John Tory mayoral campaign, where he has similar goals.

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Sarah Goldsmith

Student

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Kismet Reuss

Student, University of Toronto Schools

Kismet Reuss is a grade nine student attending University of Toronto Schools. For a long time, Kismet has had a keen interest in Canadian politics and global affairs. By participating in Youth Council and volunteering at Chrystia Freeland’s constituency office, Kismet has developed a deeper understanding of Canadian politics. This experience has both inspired her and opened doors to future endeavours. Kismet hopes that the youth council will be the perfect place for her to voice her concerns about specific issues and take action.

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Evelyn Mang

Student, North Toronto CI

Bio Coming Soon.

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Armin Safavi

Student, University of Toronto

Armin is a 2nd-year student studying History, Biology and International Relations at Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He’s lived in Toronto all his life and continues to enjoy activities like Speech & Debate. Armin is passionate about many issues, including refugees, health, and climate change, but his main love for politics lies in meeting interesting people and becoming a part of new communities. If you run into him, he will probably have his headphones on while he listens to Rock & Roll or to a podcast, or perhaps laughing to the point of tears at internet satire.