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. When she is offline, Alison enjoys walking her dog around Toronto and cooking elaborate meals for friends and family.

Bilqees Mohamed

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Chair of the Advisory Council

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.

Riham Abu Affan

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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.

Sahar Ibrahim

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Sahar Ibrahim is a medical anthropologist who focuses on examining how race impacts mental health outcomes in various communities. She is also a passionate anti-racism educator, facilitator, and agitator. She has supported numerous political campaigns in various levels of government and she can attest to the barriers, discrimination, and violence that women and trans folk, particularly racialized folks, experience in politics, and also the power that can manifest when these folks come together to support and work with one another. 

Alice Cheng

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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. 

Leslie Anne St. Amour

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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. 

Yasmin Owis

Yasmin is a first year Masters of Teaching student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of the Arts and Contemporary Studies program at Ryerson University, where she studied Global Studies and History. She has been a volunteer at the Bay Centre for Birth Control, Centre for Women and Trans People at Ryerson University and is currently an external educator for the Sexual Education Centre at the University of Toronto. Her current research at OISE challenges the heteronormative narrative within the sexual health curriculum across Canada and focuses on restructuring the curriculum to better represent LGBTQ+ identifying individuals. The MT program gives her the opportunity to teach within racialized and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities in the Toronto area, giving her first-hand experience working with marginalized students in inner-city schools to better understand the needs of youth today. She is deeply passionate about advocacy for women’s rights and believes in using an intersectional, equity-based educational approach as a means to challenge, mobilize and initiate change in our community. 

Paige Fisher

Paige is studying Political Science at York University. Her academic focus has been on sustainable, long-term development, with an emphasis on equity for historically marginalized communities – women, racialized peoples, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community and all others dealing with societal barriers. She aims to develop a career that will allow her to utilize policy and other aspects of the political process to fight for the rights of the most vulnerable among us.

She believes in the importance of knowledge-sharing, community building and accessibility. As a demonstration of this, Paige performs art-education workshops at local elementary schools using poetry and theatre to teach children history lessons pertaining to the African diaspora.