Advisory Council

Our advisory council consists of young women from diverse personal and professional backgrounds who represent our membership and inform our work. 

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Cheryll Case

Cheryll Case is an urban planner and researcher connecting non-profits, community groups, and professionals for a coordinated and informed approach to increasing the supply of affordable housing. She uses her skills and position to research and share knowledge on the gendered impacts of the lack of affordable housing. Through research and community discussions she is a leader in moving housing policy and process forward to reflect the income and resources of women.

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Ravicha Ravinthiran

Ravicha is currently a grade 12 student with a passion for science, politics, business and female empowerment! She is currently the president of the Because I am a Girl Club at her school, has her own business and is involved with many initiatives in her community. She currently works as a Student Host at the Ontario Science Centre.

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Alice Cheng

A sustainability enthusiast and lifelong lover of the nature, Alice is eager to further explore another dimension of her identity by serving on the YWLN Advisory Council. Having just entered her Grade 11 year at Victoria Park Collegiate Institute, Alice credits her optimism to leadership opportunities provided by the performing arts, non-profit, and entrepreneurial communities — all of which have given her a taste of the wider world. Alice is a self-professed political aficionado, environmentalist, and agent of change, having founded her own social venture, Global Figure, in March 2016. 

Ally Freedman

Ally Freedman is a sixth-generation young Métis woman with roots dating back to 1812 in Red River (Manitoba); present day Winnipeg. A recent graduate from Carleton University, (BA Honours - Political Science with a concentration in International Relations), she is a passionate defender of Indigenous rights and equality for all peoples. Ally has contribute in many aspects to promote diversity and inclusion for women, Indigenous peoples, and other marginalized groups in politics. She is a powerful young woman who uses her voice to amplify the voices that are far too often ignored, especially the voices of Indigenous women. Ally was one of the 338 Daughters of the Vote and was selected to be the delegate for Ottawa Centre. She currently serves as the only Indigenous member on the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee - which is a volunteer position. In that role she strives to make Ottawa a better place for youth, especially Indigenous and racialized youth. 

 

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Alison Terpstra

 

Alison is a passionate intersectional feminist who uses her background in history and political science to take a critical look at politics, society, and pop culture. She has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors creating events and programs that aim to transform how women see their leadership potential. She is looking to hone her wider equity, diversity, and inclusion skill set by working for and creating inclusion initiatives within diverse communities. Alison received a BA with Honours at the University of Toronto in 2015. She has studied French language at l'Université de Bourgogne and speaks fluently. Alison regularly volunteers for the Feminist Art Conference as their communications coordinator. 

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Kiana Saint-Macary

Kiana Saint-Macary is a student at McGill University currently pursuing a double major in Cell/Molecular Biology and Philosophy. She is the current co-chair of Canada’s Young New Democrats and the LGBTQ2IA+ representative for the Jeunes Néo-démocrates du Québec. As a queer woman of colour, she focuses much of her advocacy on issues of racial justice, gender equality, and human rights. She is passionate about the empowerment of women and girls and spends her spare time coaching an all-girls debate team."

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Bilqees Mohamed

Bilqees Mohamed is a 21 year- old social work student at Ryerson University.  She is committed to advancing the rights of women and girls through education and civic engagement. As a community organizer, Bilqees has led a Girls Summit in her former high school and has designed workshops for youth in the Don Mills area. She is also a senior writer for Yonge Magazine where her editorial work discusses issues on race, identity and women’s rights. Her topics of interest include postcolonial feminism/intersectionality, critical race studies and poetry. In the future, she hopes to research and develop policies for racialized women who face barriers in access to health, economic and social opportunities.

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Bri Gardner

Bri Gardner is a 17 year old from Mimico, in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Bri is biracial and uses they/them pronouns, and has been involved at the community level through organizations including LAMP Community Health Centre in the youth department and community development office. Through their activism, Bri has contributed to initiatives promoting healthy lifestyles and mental health, affordable housing and transit investments in South Etobicoke. On a larger scale, Bri has been involved with the Toronto Youth Cabinet as well as the Office of former MPP Cheri DiNovo. Bri is devoted to activism for LGBTQ+ rights, homelessness issues and affordable housing, income inequality and economic justice, and is continuing their dedication to such causes as a student at Glendon College.

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Leslie Anne St. Amour

Leslie Anne St. Amour is 23 years old and a member of the Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation in Eastern Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in political science and Indigenous studies, was a 2016-2017 OceanPath Fellow at the University of St. FX and is a first year law student at the University of Toronto. She has worked as a Project Assistant for the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, held various positions with the Student’s Society of McGill University and co-coordinated a joint program between McGill and Kahnawake Survival School. She is interested in working in law (Aboriginal and Constitutional) and policy. 

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Riham Abu Affan

Riham is a student at the University of Toronto studying Global Health and Molecular Genetics. The interdisciplinary nature of her studies pushed her to question the policies that govern the application of health and scientific knowledge both locally and globally and their implications. She's interested in the design of holistic, equitable and responsive healthcare systems that cater to the specific needs of the populations they serve. She's also interested in understanding how socioeconomic disparities affect access to healthcare and overall quality of health. In her free time she illustrates, designs and practice photography.

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Ninar Fawal

Ninar is a second-year student attending the University of Toronto, double majoring in political science and international relations. She is passionate about political engagement, civil rights, human rights, and democracy, particularly in regards to youth and young women.  She volunteers with several organizations aimed at empowering minorities and youth, and is an inaugural member of the Mississauga-Erin Mills Women's Council, founded by MP Iqra Khalid to advance and advocate for the interests of women in the riding. She is the Newcomer Lead for the Toronto Youth Cabinet, the official youth advisory body for the city of Toronto, where she advocates for newcomer youth issues with her working group. She was a delegate for the 2018 United Nations Winter Youth Assembly in New York, where she was able to collaborate with other youth to advance the goal of global sustainable development. She is fluent in English and Arabic, with a working knowledge of French.