Name: Hillary Aira
School: All Saints Catholic School (Wilfred Laurier University-Fall 2017)
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s Constituency Youth Council? I wanted to be part of the Whitby Youth Council because its a great platform that can find solutions, alternatives and address issues that the youth undergo as I am a major supporter of developing and serving others.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about the future and all the science and technology it brings. I believe in the power of imagination, an imagination that has no limit that takes innovation and creativity to another level. I am passionate about discovery and the hope of solving human’s mysteries such as finding a cure for HIV/ AIDS. There is no bound to the potential and ability of the human brain to thrive.
What are your future aspirations? My future aspirations are to become either a pharmacist or an entrepreneur. I would also want to have the opportunity to travel as much as possible.
Fun Fact: There are more lifeforms living on your skin than there are people on the planet
Name: Madi Fuller
School: Brock University
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s Constituency Youth Council? I was born and raised in Whitby and always wanted to give back to the community some how. When Celina was voted in, I was SO excited. She was a woman of colour and that was such an inspiration for me! I feel like being involved in the youth council encourages more youth to get politically involved and also connects you with peers that have the same aspirations as you.
What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about helping people. That may sound broad but ever since I was a little girl I’ve always tried to show empathy towards everyone I encounter. I think that when people get involved in politics that’s what they should be passionate about: helping people and doing good for the community.
What are your future aspirations? Is being the future prime minister too much?
Fun Fact: I’ve played the saxophone since grade 5!
Name: Trystan Lackner
School: University of Toronto
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s Constituency Youth Council? I have always wanted to make a difference in the world. I applied to the International Development Studies Program at UofT and found out a lot about the world around me. I saw that through the government, policies, community and leadership I could make a change and difference in my local community and abroad. Hence the reason I joined the Whitby Federal Youth Council. I did this in hopes that I could help change the world, starting locally and help show youth they can be leaders in this change. There’s a long way to go but I know we will get there eventually.
What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about the environment and food security as well as simply anyway I can make the world a better place. I’m passionate about engaging youth in being better and more prepared leaders of the future and in a world where all are equal.
What are your future aspirations? I aspire to get a Masters Degree in an appropriate field that would allow me to work in the United Nations or Canadian Government so that I can help work towards a more just and peaceful world. I want to work on the issues of Global Food Justice as well as Peace and Conflict issues across the Globe.
Fun Fact: I started the first Community Garden at my high school.
Name: Rikki Romana
School: Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s Constituency Youth Council? I was very interested in learning more about the Federal political process. I also thought that being part of this youth council would be a great opportunity to come together with other youths to discuss issues that matter to people my age and to other people in the community.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about leadership and service. I enjoy taking leadership and helping others as I take part of many leadership positions in my school and community. I am also passionate in influencing people my age to not be afraid of taking on leadership roles. I think it is important for youth to develop their leadership skills and take initiative if they want to create good change in society.
What are your future aspirations? My future aspirations are to travel the world and become a doctor who helps people overseas.
Fun Fact: I was born in the Philippines, and I immigrated here in Canada when I was four years old. I also lived in Toronto for seven years, but I then moved to Whitby when I was twelve years old.
More coming soon.
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