Celina Caesar-Chavannes

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Whitby

Celina Caesar-Chavannes

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Constituency Youth Council

2017-2018 Whitby Federal Youth Council


I am pleased to welcome my 2017-2018 Whitby Youth Council: Areeb Khawaja, Aubrey Skanes, Carel Kabamba, Hannah Barkley, Harrison Zarzour, Jordan Lackner, Jordane Smith, Manal Rana, Mark Snyder, Maryam Rehman, Matthew Primeau, Matthew Celestial, Nivaal Rehman, Regan Lackner, Rikki Romana, Savannah Edwards, Tiara Beaton, and Trystan Lackner. Meet them below!

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Meet the Council


Name: Areeb Khawaja
…Coming soon!

Name: Aubrey Skanes
Age: 17
School: Anderson CVI
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I aspire to make a difference. In other people, in the communities, in any way that I can. I want to be a part of something bigger than myself. Something that makes a change. This council is a start for learning just how I can do this.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about helping the homeless, indigenous rights, food policies/community gardens, and the environment.
What are your future aspirations? I hope to one day be an indigenous rights activist, as well as an advocate for sustainable and organic farming.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I recently applied to Trent University for Indigenous Studies and Sustainable Agriculture, and I hope to be accepted within the next few months.

Name: Carel Kabamba
Age: 17
School: Donald A. Wilson Secondary School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I wanted to become part of M.P. Celina’s Constituency Youth Council in order to see things from a different perspective. I would also like to learn more about the government while expanding my own knowledge.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about visual arts and design.
What are your future aspirations? My future aspirations include going to school for art and business. While maintaining a happy life I would also like to build a family and have many great experiences.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I have 5 older siblings and enjoy reading. While my favourite subjects in school include visual arts and English.

Name: Hannah Barkley
…Coming soon!

Name: Harrison Zarzour
Age: 15
School: All Saints Catholic Secondary School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I wanted to become part of the Constituency Youth Council because I wanted to become more involved in my community in ways that are outside of school. I felt this council was a good way of doing so as I am interested in politics and want to impact change in multiple areas, on multiple levels.
What are you passionate about? I am very passionate about leading and inspiring people, especially those younger than myself. I’m also passionate about education, and believe that education and lifelong learning are important in developing citizens who can create positive change.
What are your future aspirations? I would like to become a teacher, for grades 6-8, (as those are the years I became inspired by my teachers) because I believe if I am teaching students then more people can go out and try and impact the world in their own ways that are meaningful to them.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I’m an avid soccer fan and player. My favourite team is Manchester United F.C.

Name: Jordan Lackner
…Coming soon!

Name: Jordane Smith
Age: 15
School: Henry Street High School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I think it could be fun to have your opinion be heard and it will look good on college application. Also being surrounded by people who have aspirations like me.
What are you passionate about? Sports, justice, everyone being treated fairly, and seeing the justice system become better.
What are your future aspirations? In terms of my future aspirations I definitely would like to pursue my interest in criminal law. With sports also being my main interest, I would like to explore the stages of becoming a sports analyst. This allows me to exercise my sports background in terms of information.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I’m tall.

Name: Manal Rana
Age: 14
School: Trafalgar Castle School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I would like to become a part of M.P. Celina’s Constituency Youth Council, in order to build confidence, and share ideas in order to become more involved in the community. By doing so this would allow me to get to build better relationships with the citizens in my community. Through sharing concerns and places for improvement.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about my religion and culture and how it effects my decisions and life. I want everyone to be respected for who they are and where they come from.
What are your future aspirations? I want to be a doctor and be involved in the community around me, I want to be confident about my decisions and build a safe and respectful environment for the next generation of children.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I enjoy travelling and trying new things.

Name: Mark Snyder
Age: 15
School: All Saints Catholic Secondary School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I wanted to join to enhance my skills with people and extend my influence in the community of Whitby.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about ending homelessness, serving the community, hockey, nutrition, and the 407 being finished ( and not tolled too).
What are your future aspirations? I would like to become an engineer and potentially run for office in Whitby someday.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I live on a farm.

Name: Maryam Rehman
Age: 16
School: Sinclair Secondary School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I wanted to be a part of M.P. Celina’s Constituency Youth Council because I think it’s a great way to get involved with initiatives in Whitby. I’m really involved with initiatives in my school and a few in the community, so I wanted to grow my community involvement. I look forward to working with the other incredible youth council members this year as well.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about many things, but I like to say that there are three main issues that I care about most. The environment, gender equality, and achieving the Global Goals for sustainable development. I work hard, in every way I can, to do my part in solving these issues. To do so, I look for different ways to get involved. I hope that being a part of M.P. Celina’s Constituency Youth Council will help m in my efforts.
What are your future aspirations? In the future I hope to complete my university education (an undergraduate program and then a master’s program). I’m still deciding what field, but along the way I hope to one day, change the world and make it a better place for all to live in.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I have a twin sister, Nivaal Rehman, and we do everything together – we even plan on launching our careers together (whatever they may be) and change the world through our combined activism.

Name: Matthew Celestial
…Coming soon!

Name: Matthew Primeau
Age: 24
School: Carleton University, Alumni
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I would like to become involved in M.P. Celina’s Constituency Youth Council in order to voice my concern in regards to issues not being discussed in politics. This opportunity would also allow me to strengthen my relationship my M.P. and community. While learning more about how politics operate in Canada.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about internal development, environmental sustainability, public infrastructure, equity, and fairness.
What are your future aspirations? To be a leader in the engineering world, and to one day possibly run for a public office (M.P., MPP, Counselor, Mayor). I would also like to go to space.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I’m a bit of a nerd…. I like physics, Star Wars, and any game involving a 20-sided dice.

Name: Nival Rehman
Age: 16
School: Sinclair Secondary School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I wanted to become a part of M.P. Celina’s Youth Council because I wanted to get involved in my community and wanted to make a positive change. I also really enjoyed working with MP Celina and her constituency office over the summer during my co-op placement there and wanted to work with them again. I also believe that it is important for youth to have a voice in the community issues and the youth council is a way for me to voice my opinion as a youth member of the Whitby community.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about helping others, getting involved with various different causes including the environment, girl’s education, poverty, hunger, inclusivity and more. I channel this passion into volunteerism and have volunteered with various organizations including the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Campaign, The United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign, The Malala fund and more. I also run a YouTube channel to inspire others to change the world called The world with MNR because I am passionate about engaging others with the causes I care about.
What are your future aspirations? I would like to continue my work as an activist and journalist while travelling and hope to go to computer science for university as I believe that women need to go into STEM fields. One can also make difference through new technologies and I want to do so as a software engineer.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I have a twin sister named Maryam Rehman, and we always do everything together.

Name: Regan Lackner
Age: 14
School: All Saints Catholic Secondary School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I wanted to become a part of the Constituency Youth Council for many reasons. In order to further develop my leadership skills and to become more involved with my community.
What are you passionate about? I am very passionate about women’s rights. I believe every woman deserves to have a voice and should be given the same opportunities as men especially regarding education. I also believe we are so much stronger when men and women work together.
What are your future aspirations? I am still quite young so I have not completely figured out what I would to do in the future. But I would like to get into social work and help women who are in abusive relationships.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I have been a competitive cheerleader for the past 10 years.

Name: Rikki Romana
Age: 16
School: Father Leo J. Austin C.S.S
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I was part of this council last year, and I enjoyed being part of it. I wanted to learn more about the Federal process. I also wanted to continue to be part of a group of likeminded individuals that are passionate about helping their community.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about leadership and service, as I am part of many leadership positions at my school and community. I think it is important for youth to take on leadership to help create good change in society.
What are your future aspirations? My future aspirations are to become a doctor that helps people overseas.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I dance outside of school.

Name: Savannah Edwards
Age: 15
School: Henry Street High School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I think it’s a great way to get involved within the community as the youth of Whitby. I also thought this would be something different to try out.
What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about growing and developing my learning skills while helping others.
What are your future aspirations? Hopefully to go to university or college and get my English in foreign countries like Japan or South Korea.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I like to sing, dance, write, cook, and listen to music.

Name: Tiara Beaten
Age: 17
School: Sinclair Secondary School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I wanted to become a part of Celina’s Constituency Youth Council because I admire Celina and the work she does. I wanted to become more involved within the community and engage in important matters that affect our community. I wanted to hear other people’s ideas and share my own regarding certain issues and also learn as I go.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about bettering my community and making sure that I am part of the solution. I have realized that there are so many people in my community that are under privileged and in need of help. I want to help those people and impact our political community by making a change to injustices.
What are your future aspirations? To become a human rights lawyer and be a politician.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I have met Celina before and did an interview with her, and my teacher adores her.

Name: Trystan Lackner
Age: 19
School: University of Toronto
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? To help shape a better and more sustainable community, using youth leadership as a catalyst in starting this change.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about food security, sovereignty, policy, agriculture, sustainable practices, environment, renewable energy, youth leadership, and community engagement.
What are your future aspirations? I would like to have my own NGO and farm, where I can utilize sustainable practices and promote them throughout the community, engaging youth along the way.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I have played hockey for 14 years.