Pierre Elliott Trudeau Secondary School, Markham, Ontario
University of Ottawa
As a three-time President of the Trudeau Pride Club and founder of the community Gender and Sexuality Alliance group for Markham Youth, Tsahai has been a committed advocate for social justice and inclusion within her school and greater community. Tsahai is a student representative on the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council, an executive member of the West Indian Student Association and volunteered with the Nubian Book Club for five years.
Johnston Heights Secondary School, Surrey, British Colombia
Simon Fraser University
As a child of an immigrant, Kitty has seen the struggles new Canadians face and worked to helped others in this situation. She helps student facing socio-economic barriers by volunteering with the breakfast program, organizing thrift shops and mentoring newcomer students. Kitty is an active member of her school’s Anti-Racism Committee where she helped promote and organize “Cross-Cultural Connections”, a youth symposium in celebration of Black History Month and Indigenous reconciliation.
R.E. Mountain Secondary School, Langley, British Columbia
University of Pennsylvania
Co-Founder of the Langley Youth Homelessness Initiative, Elly raised over $820,000 for Langley’s first youth shelter. Passionate about equity and inclusion, Elly is Co-President of the Langley Leadership, Experience, Opportunity Club where she spearheaded projects to arrange holiday hampers for homeless youth. Elly was selected as one of Three Dot Dash’s Global Teen Leaders for 2017.
Weston Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario
As the Youth Councillor of Ward 12 on the City Youth Council of Toronto, Debbie created and organized Find Your Path, an event to inspire youth academically and professionally. After receiving incredible positive feedback, Debbie went on to co-found the Find Your Path grassroots organization aimed at embracing diversity and closing gaps in student achievement. Debbie’s leadership in the African Canadian Leadership Committee also culminated in her directing and producing the annual African Heritage Month Assembly.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario
When Erum isn’t leading campaigns as Co-Chair of the Robotics club, she is busy organizing events for her school’s Because I Am A Girl group. As president and founder of the group, Erum works with her peers to raise awareness about gender inequality both globally and locally. In addition, as Facilitator of the YOUCAN Peacebuilder Conflict Resolution program, Erum facilitates training modules for conflict resolution management with youth in her community.
Nicole Si Min Hou
Eric Hamber Secondary School, Burnaby, British Columbia
Nicole founded the Learning Disabilities Career Conference, a free event for high school students with learning disabilities. The conference offered workshops to help students wanting to acquire job skills and connect with professionals who understand how to overcome the barriers and challenges they face. Nicole also launched the Reel Causes’ Youth Advisory Council to create a platform for youth aged 13-18 to learn about and take action on social justice issues using film.
Central Peel Secondary School, Brampton, Ontario
University of Waterloo
Gurleen is the National Ambassador for the Foundation for Student Science and Technology and organizer of her school’s Girls’ Night In – Empowering Young Female Engineers. She uses her passion for science, technology, engineering and math to encourage and empower more women to consider careers in these fields. Gurleen also founded Peer Assisted Learning, an after-school tutoring program that aims to help newcomer students adjust within the Canadian education system.
Fredericton High School, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Through his work with the Fredericton High School Safe Spaces (formally referred to as Gay-Straight Alliance), Patrick has played an integral role in organizing his school’s Pride Week and its first Trans Week of Remembrance. Both in school and in his greater community, Patrick actively advocates for the queer community by organizing various events and panels to build awareness of transgender and gender minorities issues.
Lorenzo Penate Lara
Bishop Marrocco Thomas Merton, Toronto, Ontario
As President of the Peer Leaders and Safe Schools Action Team, Lorenzo has been a leader in bringing together his peers and actively working to make his school a safe and inclusive place for all. Lorenzo has been involved in bringing workshops and building awareness in areas of substance abuse, healthy relationships, bullying, impaired driving and peer mentoring.
(Eva) Wan Yu Ren
Eden High School, St.Catherines, Ontario
As the Federation of Canadian Secondary Students Vice Chair of Equity Diversity and Inclusivity, Eva worked to strengthen and amplify the voices of all students. She worked with school board staff to create a Speak Up Forum that prioritized the voices of often marginalized, immigrant and newcomer youth. Eva is also Co-Founder of My Voyage, an initiative that offers interactive peer-to-peer mentoring to newcomer students in her school.