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#RisingYouth Partnership Series : Meet The Speakers!

March 8th, 9th and 10th

Highlight video from the event

Carly Chartier (she/her)

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Carly is joined the panel as the Impact Partner with The Selkirk Friendship Centre. She has worked with Indigenous Non-Profits in Admin and Youth Programing for the last seven years and partners with many organizations in the community of Selkirk Manitoba focusing on Harm Reduction, Promoting Aboriginal Student Success and Community Mobilization. Carlys background is in the human resources and is in College for Indigenous Community

Marley Brooke

Marley Brooke is the Justice Coordinator for the Inuvik Justice Committee, where she runs diversions for adults and youth who have been charged with minor offences, with the goal of repairing the harm that has been caused to the victim and larger community. She works closely with Victim Services and other community partners to create traditional healing spaces in the community, including a medicine garden in the greenhouse.

Nicole Tornquist


Kat (she/her)

Executive Director of the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship (FES).

Kat started with the organization as a Sustainability Project Consultant, supporting over 50 Community Action Projects across what’s currently referred to as Canada. She also played a key role in revitalizing FES’ SDGs programming during COVID-19 and expanded the program into the USA and UK. Now, Kat’s main focus is building The Youth Harbour, a youth-for-youth climate support system focussed on supporting youth climate leaders with financial, technical, and networking support to amplify and scale their work.

Victor Zheng

Victor is currently a first-year undergraduate student at UofT, who volunteers as XdHacks Mini’s Chief Round Coordinator. As the Executive Director of the Vancouver team last year, he led a team of 12 high school students in planning Climate Code 2021, a high school climate-change-themed hackathon. Thanks to funding from RisingYouth and FortisBC, Victor’s team attracted over 250 high school students, half of which were new to hackathons. The event featured numerous activities, workshops, and speakers, including the Parliamentary Secretary for Technology and Innovation, MLA Brenda Bailey. Victor currently continues helping out on the XdHacks Mini team as a mentor to the high school organizers. Outside of XdHacks Mini, he geocaches worldwide and plays chess and tennis.

Fiona Haynes

Fiona is the national Program Manager for the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s HEADSTRONG youth leadership initiative. HEADSTRONG inspires young people to become leaders in their own schools and communities, challenging stigma and sharing hope.

Marion Miseriaux

I moved to Quebec in 2012, a speech therapist by profession, I have been volunteering since I was a teenager. I started at Say Ça! in 2016, as a tutor, then over the years, I became more and more involved in the management team. First creating the French programs in 2019, since 2020 I have been the Director of Programs.

Christine Wincentaylo (She/Her)

Christine is a Social Work student at Grant MacEwan University on Treaty 6 (Amiskwaciywaskahikan). She is the founder of A Tin A Day (ATAD), which is a non-profit created in early 2020, which focuses on Mental health and sustainability.

Charles Zikalala

My name is Charles Zikalala, a Ghanaian/South African descendant who is genuinely passionate about the quest for social justice, liberation, sports and mental wellness. I played and coached rugby professionally both in South Africa and in Canada at the highest level. Over the years, I’ve worked with youth from diverse cultural backgrounds and from all parts of the world. My educational background is rooted in Social Work where I’ve had the opportunity to work on the frontlines as a child protection worker, suicide interventionist, and assisting clients with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, anxiety, and other major disorders. I have also worked in the field of social work as a capacity builder where I managed over 62 staff members and various community wellness programs which facilitates care and support in the areas of poverty reduction, residential school systems aftermath, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, homelessness, substance use and addictions. I am currently working with the Kitikmeot Friendship Society as an Operations Manager/Consultant to develop and implement community resource programs to address the issues of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), child sensitive cases such as neglect and abuse, women and children experiencing intimate partner violence and homelessness. I enjoy liaising with support networks and stakeholders who are passionate about supporting Inuit lives and Nunavut residents. I am a true advocate for what is just and equitable.



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