#RisingYouth Partnership Series : Meet The Speakers!
March 8th, 9th and 10th
To celebrate partners and organizations in the #RisingYouth network, the Partnerships and Outreach Team put together an event series titled #RisingYouth Partnership Series: Sharing Knowledge and Sustainable Solutions.
The series was an opportunity for partners to share their knowledge, expertise and how they have been collaborating with #RisingYouth to support youth during these challenging times. We will be held a partner series each day on March 8th, 9th and 10th from 2–3h30pm EST. Each day, we focused on topics and issues that have been at the forefront these last few months.
On March 8th, Gabrielle Chabot (Sunshine) started the conversation with 2 partners (Inuvik Justice Committee and Selkirk Friendship Centre) on Social Justice for Indigenous peoples.
On March 9th, Alex Arseneau discussed with 2 partners(Foundation for Environmental Stewardship and CEVES) on Climate Change and Activation.
On March 10th, Christina Muia talkedwith 3partners (Say Ca, Headstrong/Mental Commission of Canada and Kitikmeot Friendship Societey on Mental Wellness and Youth Supports.
We also invited alumni to share project examples on the select topics and our team shared additional project examples to encourage more youth to apply for the grants.
Carly Chartier (she/her)
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
Consulting and Engagement. The Selkirk Friendship Centre offers many free resources to the community for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous members.
The Selkirk Friendship Centre focuses on providing and securing the equality of rights and opportunities for all people regardless of race. They aim to promote progress in the education, social, economic, athletic and cultural life of those in our community.
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.
Marley is passionate about creating trauma-informed and culturally sensitive crime prevention programming, and aims to incorporate the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in her day-to-day work. She constantly seeks out alternative methods of conflict resolution and healing that focus on why a particular event happened, who was harmed, and how to repair the harm done while also working to prevent recurrence. Marley firmly believes in the power of the community to reintegrate those who have caused harm and put the supports in place to help prevent such events from happening again.
Marley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development and Criminal Justice from Western University in London, Ontario and a Master’s degree in Criminology and Social Justice from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.
My name is Nicole Tornquist, I am a 27-year-old Indigenous women from Opaskwayak Cree Nation located on Traditional Treaty 5 Territory in Northern Manitoba.
Over my young adolescent years, I was able to reach many milestones and have many opportunities. At 18 years old graduated with my grade 12 diploma from Margaret Barbour collegiate and continued with my post-secondary education in Business Administration majoring in management.
From a very young age I knew I wanted to work with the youth in my community of Opaskwayak Cree Nation and I did so by applying for as many opportunities as I could. I started with being an Ambassador of Hope for We Matter and from there I had so many more opportunities, I had the opportunity to be a Manitoba 150 Youth Ambassador and, Indigenous 150+ Youth Ambassador. I also had to opportunity to be a Youth Ambassador for Experiences Canada on a number of different projects and bring awareness to youth across Canada.
I am also a facilitator for Awaken the Spirit in my community and this has been one of the greatest opportunities I could have ever been given, this is lifelong knowledge I will be able to carry with me forever. This allows me to work with the youth and bring awareness and this is all I ever wanted to do.
Along with all these amazing opportunities I ran for Junior Chief of my community and I was the successful candidate to serve a two-year term.
My passion is working with the youth of my community and helping our youth become the best people they can be, watching them bloom and overcome obstacles is the greatest feeling in the world. I believe I was meant to mentor the youth, to help them succeed and making connections with them, our youth are the reason I am always pushing myself to become a better person.
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.
Recently she attended COP26 to support Canadian BIPOC youth delegates, and joined advisory boards for Generation Climate and University of Calgary’s Catalyzing Community Climate Action project. Prior to joining FES, Kat graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Commerce and worked on diverse consulting projects from working with an engineering firm to advising local start-up social enterprises wanting to align their strategies with B-Corp principles.
She is passionate about empowering youth to take impactful action on sustainable development, strengthening and amplifying the youth *force* in the Canadian climate movement. In her spare time, you can find her mountain biking or hiking, or making public declarations that she will give up coffee.
Kat grew up and lives in territories of The Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.
Léonard Leclerc is one of the founding members of CEVES, the Student Coalition for an Environmental and Social Shift, which aims to bring together and mobilize the student population of Quebec on climate justice issues. Through this commitment, Léonard has been training for over 2 years in communications, event organization and financial management. In particular, he has participated in the organization of major climate strikes called by Fridays For Future. In addition to continuing his involvement, Léonard is now committed to sharing his thoughts and experience so that the actions taken are consistent with the current situation.
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 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.
Fiona has worked in frontline non-profit and community mental health for the past 15+ years, with the MHCC, Foothills School Division, the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta and No Limits (UK). Fiona has worked as a counsellor, suicide interventionist, educator and program and content creator.
She has a particular interest in contact education, which is the sharing of lived-experience recovery stories as a powerful teaching tool. She has a lifetime of family and personal experience with mental illness, and it’s that experience that motivates her every day to change the way people think about mental health. Fiona is mom to one daughter and three dogs, loves books, writing, tea and loud music.
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.
Say Ça! is an NPO that offers language tutoring and group and cultural activities every Saturday morning to help young newcomers and refugees (12 to 18 years old) when they arrive in Quebec.
A long-term vision of the programs has been established to encourage their curiosity, self-confidence and leadership skills.
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.
She has experience with implementing toolkits for mental health resources and youth engagement. She has spoken at events such as SWL — Student Wellness & Leadership Movement Summit, podcasts from around the world. Also, has been featured on CIBC & Student Life Networks series about Student Stories, and implemented numerous workshops for individuals with disabilities to discuss mental health in the workplace.
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.