My name is Alkiie-Babe Froman (pronounced Al-key-ah), I am Mohawk Turtle clan of the Six Nations. While working for a major financial institute I worked diligently on my academics, receiving an advanced diploma in international business administration, and a degree in international business from a reputable school in Ireland. Education was my passport to a better future. Volunteering for non-for-profits gifted me the appreciation for genuine empathy in what today’s youth must face in this fast pace world we find ourselves; I relate to the struggle on a plethora of levels. I enjoy helping students from all walks of life find the path to a better future; I can’t change the world, but if I can change one’s persons mind, that’s can lead to a world of change!
My name is Zakareya El-Rouby, I work at KEYS Job Centre in the beautiful, dynamic city of Kingston, Ontario. I have a background in business and marketing, where I obtained my bachelor’s of business administration. During this time, I developed skills in team building, strategic planning and improved on my presentation skills. Over the last couple years, I have had the opportunity to work as newcomer youth facilitator, in this role I helped the group develop different important skills to help them get a job they wanted. I facilitated workshops on resume ready, interview skills, cover letter and job search. In my current role, I help a wide range of clients in the resource centre many of which are youth who need advice on how to navigate the labour market in these unprecedented times. I’m extremely excited and honored to work with everyone on the Youth Council and look forward to making a positive impact being a part of the council!
Amira is a third-year double major student in Psychology and Human Rights at York University. When she is not ten feet deep in essays, you will find her enjoying long scenic walks or volunteering within the community. She has a broad range of interest from cooking, to photography, and interior design. She is extremely passionate about youth empowerment and hopes to continue creating positive change within youth employment. She is always excited to help others with whatever they need and is always up for a new challenge. Amira is dedicated to creating change and making the world a happier and more equitable place.
Jenny Dallan is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, a certified interpretive naturalist, and a community arts organizer originally from Woodstock, Ontario, and now based in Toronto. She has worked in the public service sector for half a decade, focusing on transformative justice, environmental advocacy, and creating accessible opportunities for youth in Ontario. A devoted supporter of community-based solutions to social issues, she is interested in re-imagining and advocating for methods of labour that privilege the mental and physical health of youth, future generations, and that reflect the changing needs of our planet. She is excited to join the First Work Youth Council to continue supporting the wellbeing of youth in Ontario.
My name is Kirat Dhaliwal and I’m a first-year Criminology student at Ryerson University. I have a strong passion for youth empowerment and youth engagement, which is why I decided to join the First-Work Youth Council. I am also passionate about criminal justice reform and hope to work in the legal field in the future. In my free time, you can find me going on walks, enjoying good kombucha and reading non-fiction!
Jewelle currently works with Prince Edward Learning Centre as an assistant instructor, supporting special projects related to financial empowerment, community wellbeing, and crime prevention. She previously interned in the Ottawa Museum Sector through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, after having graduated from University of Ontario Institute of Technology, with a Major in Forensic Psychology and a Minor in Criminology and Justice. She has future aims of completing a Masters of Social Work. Passionate about empowering the community, Jewelle brings perspectives on Mental Health and Sustainability to her work and volunteer activities.
I am currently in my second year at Trent University doing a double major in Indigenous Studies and Economics. I am excited to be a part of the First Work Youth Council because I love hearing and helping fellow youth. I am looking forward to being a part of a community that advocates for young people and educates people on employment issues.
In 2018, CUPE 3903 held a strike for TA’s and contract professors at York University. In this time period, Ren took full advantage of his newly found free time and formulated the ideas that laid the foundation for a locally made social enterprise called Uniquity. From there, he built his network and took advantage of the opportunities that came with running a business. Cementing himself as part of the many communities he became involved with over the course of his first year in businesses. Eventually, Ren’s networking and passion for communities landed him co-leading a charge for change with the municipal government’s lack of attention towards youth and forming the ICONIC (In Collaboration of New Ideas Canada) Initiative. This movement eventually lead to meeting Brampton North MP Ruby Sahota and becoming a member of the youth council. All of these efforts culminated in Ren winning the Top 40 Under 40 award at age 19. Currently, Ren is still actively involved with multiple non-profit businesses founded in his community including Return the Love CS, ACCESS Charity, and HOPCP, finishing his Environmental Studies degree at York University, and is developing a new collective to support youth businesses in the community.
Daisy Heung brings a background in HR and non-profit operations management and is grateful for the opportunity to share the perspectives of youth to inform First Work’s mission through the Youth Council. After graduating, she experienced the challenges familiar to many navigating the labour market for the first time. This sparked her desire to contribute to the workforce development space, where she has since worked with an employment program serving internationally trained professionals, started a meetup group for young job seekers, and conducted research on how to best support youth with disabilities succeed in the labour market to inform United Way’s Youth Success Strategy. She is an avid volunteer and firm believer in the power of mentorship, most recently supporting young people in developing their business ideas and newcomers with navigating the Canadian labour market. Daisy is always open to connecting with young people and anyone interested in exploring ways to support youth and people facing additional barriers in accessing meaningful employment and can be connected with here.
Mony Oloo believes strongly that you can accomplish anything you want if you put your mind to it. Self confidence in her abilities propelled her to winning a fully funded scholarship to study at McGill from the rurals of Kenya. Growing up with limited access to the internet and computers instigated Mony to pursue a career in Software Engineering at McGill so that she could be a source of inspiration to other younger girls from her village. Mony is known for her curiosity, diligence that enables her to get the work done while exceeding expectations. Mony has forever been cherished by her previous employers at Code Ninja and WayBetterWeb for being a high say doer meaning, she does what she says and says what she does. She is accountable for results and maintains vibrant energy through all her interactions. Mony is currently seeking opportunities in Application development and she intends to grow her skills within the company to attain management level.
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