Celina Caesar-Chavannes

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Celina Caesar-Chavannes

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Federal 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, Paraney Babuharan, Regan Lackner, Rikki Romana, Savannah Edwards, Tiara Beaton, and Trystan Lackner. Meet them below!

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Meet the Council

Name: Areeb Khawaja
Age: 20
School: McMaster University
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? As a citizen of the greatest democratic country, I believe among the most patriotic things a person can do is to participate in the democratic process, to ensure the voices of all members of our community are heard (especially the youth who are often underestimated), and to work together towards building sustainable solutions for our future. The best way to do this is to interact with people and share ideas at the grass roots level. Being a part of M.P. Celina’s “Youth Council” gave me the opportunity to do all of those things. It also provided me with several opportunities to learn about the challenges in our community which I had previously not known.
What are you passionate about? I feel passionately about developing sustainable solutions for our future. The greatest looming threat to the earth is humanity’s own unsustainable lifestyle. The good news is, it’s pretty clear what we need to do to ensure that future inhabitants of our planet can enjoy the same blessings of this Earth that we did, including clean air, water, and a habitable environment. Many solutions already exist to overcome some of the looming threats. I want to be a part of the team that helps implement these solutions.
What are your future aspirations? To become an astronaut!
What is a fun fact about yourself? This is my second year being a part of M.P. Celina’s CYC!

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
Age: 17
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 involved in something that gives back to the community in a variety of ways. I believe that we can all contribute to our communities in different ways, through different activities, but the key is to get involved.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about animal welfare and community safety.
What are your future aspirations? I aspire to become a police officer after completing college and university studies.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I am very proud to be part of an amazing group of young women playing for the Whitby Eagles U19 Fastpitch team.

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
Age: 17
School: All Saints Catholic Secondary School
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? I am a part of the council for a few reasons. Some of which being that I enjoy having an active role in my community, I want to spread awareness about the injustices that are present in today’s society and I find it very beneficial to interact with other youth that feel the way I do about wanting to change the world and better our own community.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about many things, some of which being, writing, volunteering my time to help others and working with children and adults who have special needs. I enjoy all of these things because each of them make me so happy and fulfilled in life. The people I’ve met through these passions are amazing & have had such a positive impact on my life.
What are your future aspirations? I am hoping to attend U Of T Scarborough in the fall for psychology. After I graduate, I’d like to be someone that kids and teens feel comfortable coming to for help and advice about various aspects in their life.
What is a fun fact about yourself? A fun fact about me is that I have been a competitive Cheerleader for the past 10 years. Through Cheerleading I have gone to World’s 3 times and each year it is hosted in Orlando, Florida. I have learned many valuable lessons and skills throughout my Cheer career. It has shaped me as a person and I am very grateful for the many opportunities that have come my way.

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
Age: 23
School: University of Toronto, Alumni
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? First and foremost, I support Celina’s work. She has been such a tremendous leader within our community. It certainly translates into our community. I’m so proud of Whitby, and this community, and how far we’ve come. I believe that being part of Celina’s CYC connects me with some of the most talented youth, with emerging leaders, big ideas, and great initiatives. I love that Celina along with the entire team encourages all voices to speak and ensures that everyone will be heard. That’s unique. It’s rare sometimes. But it’s also important. Elevating voices is key to developing leadership in youth – and everyone. And we’re privileged to have that here.
What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about bringing diversity into science, technology, film/television, leadership, and pretty much in everything. This really crosses into my interest in the intersectionality of diversity, policy, and the law because everyone is and will be affected. But most of all, how do we make sure that minority folks aren’t affected negatively when changes are made? You’ll often find me being a spokesperson for those people in conversations. In short: I am passionate about making everything fair for everyone.
What are your future aspirations? On a macro level, I really want to be part of a community that drives positive change, positive communications, and positive outcomes. I hope to launch a communications firm to represent people – especially those in low-income communities, people of colour, LGBTQ communities, marginalized folk, and more – who have lost their voice in the media (from social media to traditional media).
What is a fun fact about yourself? I am a film publicist by day. Most of the time I am checking my email but some days, I’ll end up being asked to do things like walking Al Gore down the red carpet and MP Catherine McKenna for An Inconvenient Sequel’s premiere in Canada. Talk about major cross over between both my interests!

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: Paraney Babuharan
Age: 16
School: Anderson CVI
Why did you want to become a part of M.P. Celina’s “Constituency Youth Council”? Alongside my involvement at school and in the community, I wanted to become a part of the Constituency Youth Council to further expand my horizons through a new level of engagement.
What are you passionate about? Social sciences, humanities, and philosophy are of great interest to me, and I am passionate about issues in politics, society, and education.
What are your future aspirations? I plan to attend university to study the arts. Beyond higher education, I hope to have opportunities to travel, follow my passions, and live a life of purpose.
What is a fun fact about yourself? I know quite a bit of trivia, some of which I employ as a member of my school’s Reach for the Top team.

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.