Advisory Council

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Leslie Anne St. Amour

Leslie Anne St. Amour is a young woman who places a great deal of value on advocacy and equity. She is a member of the Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation and a current law student at the University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in political science and Indigenous studies and was a 2016-2017 OceanPath Fellow at the University of St. Francis Xavier. Leslie Anne has worked as a Project Assistant for the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office and held various positions within the Student’s Society of McGill University and McGill’s Social Equity and Diversity Education Office. She currently sits on the Board of Aboriginal Legal Services in additional to YWLN’s Advisory Council. Leslie Anne is interested in pursuing a career in Aboriginal, Constitutional and environmental law.


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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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.


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.


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.