Experiences Canada Forums - Diversity and Inclusion
A close-knit team of inspiring young people will accompany the youth participants, supporting them in their week-long series of experiential learning activities and preparing them for their role at centre stage of the Youth Forum Day.
My name is Ryan Feener, I am 23 years old, and I live in Newfoundland and Labrador. I was born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, a town in central Labrador. I currently live in St. John’s where I attend Memorial University. I have a Bachelor of Physical Education with a minor in English and in August I will complete a Bachelor of Education degree with a conjoint diploma in Technology Education.
I have always had a passion for sports and outdoor pursuits. I continue to enjoy volleyball, hockey, hiking, canoeing, fly-fishing and numerous other activities. I love to promote physical activity through work and volunteering. For several years, I have coached volleyball athletes of all age groups and skill levels. For the past eight years, I have worked as a member of production and game operations with three professional sports teams. I also enjoy travelling and attending concerts and sporting events.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a Youth Leader with Experiences Canada! I am looking forward to meeting and working with people from all across Canada.
Sarah Hanson is Ojibway from Pic River First Nation, a community in Northwestern, Ontario. Though, she moved to Ottawa in 2013 and has ever since called the capital home. She is currently finishing a Biology degree from Queen’s University, where she has had the pleasure to sit on several club executive committees, as well as served as the second Deputy Commissioner of Indigenous Affairs for the undergraduate student society. These opportunities gave her the opportunity to facilitate cultural safety training for students, staff and faculty to learn about Indigenous people and the history of Canada. With interests in volunteering, STEM and advocacy, Sarah has recently participated in an international internship for Indigenous youth as part of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation’s inaugural group. She spent 4 months in Georgetown, Guyana setting up and assisting in the creation of a robotics program. In her downtime, Sarah enjoys reading and catching the latest Netflix original
Jonathan Savard is studying Business Administration at Sherbrooke University and works at Service Canada. Involved in his community and passionate about politics, he was coordinator of a student association and press officer for a candidate in provincial elections. For him, the youth forum is a unique opportunity to meet people from across Canada, francophones and anglophones and to bring out the best ideas.
Born and raised in Pakistan, I came to Canada to pursue higher education. After completing my MBA for Schulich School of Business, I took a role at one of the top financial institutions in Canada, advising them on digital marketing strategy. I have always been culturally curious, so much so that the one of the main reasons for me to relocate to Canada was its cultural diversity. With the affable spirit instilled in me through Canadian culture, I hope to bring the same habitude to this Youth Leadership Forum – and aim to connect, inform and empower the young generation to be more open, accepting, progressive and prosperous.
She:kon (hello)! My name is Kalynne Maracle and this is my second time returning as a Youth Leader with Experiences Canada. I am a First Nations Mohawk woman from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. I work in my community as the First Nations Child and Youth Wellness Worker, I graduated from Laurentian University in 2018 with a Honours degree in Indigenous Social Work. I also sit on different community and organization boards such as Youth Diversion & Youth Homelessness, HIV/AIDS Education, Laurentian Indigenous Alumni Representative, and many more.
I have also been public speaking and presenting on Indigenous people, rights, history, and future for the past 14 years all across Ontario/Quebec. I fill up my free time outdoors hunting, fishing, as well as spending time with my family and friends and playing any sport I can join. Some more of my hobbies and interests include reading, learning, and volunteering in my community. I am so excited to be joining Experiences Canada for the second time and having the opportunity to meet everyone and build long lasting friendships. Nia:wen Kowa (Thank you so much)!
My name is Tyler Height and I am a 21-year-old student from Thunder Bay, Ontario. I am currently in my second year of Physics with Concurrent Education at Lakehead University. My goal is to become a high school physics teacher and impact youth the way the teachers in my life have impacted me. If you grow up in Thunder Bay, you almost automatically love the outdoors. I love hiking and camping, two activities that I have done across Canada. The memories made while in the outdoors are best when
they are with my family and friends.
As much as I love the outdoors, I also love spending time inside watching movies or reading books. I consider myself quite the movie buff, and I could go on for hours if anyone let me. From the small independent films, to the big budgeted blockbusters, I’ll see them on the big screen and immerse myself. I can easily do the same with books; I just love a good story.
The best stories in life are the ones we live out ourselves. I like to see everyone’s lives as their own kind of adventure, and for my life, I think travelling brings some of the best adventures. I have travelled to Dublin, London and Paris with my high school’s travel club, taken two road trips across Canada, volunteered on a 10-day mission trip in Peru, and completed a 4-month internship in the U.K. These travels have had a hand in shaping who I am as a person, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
I now find myself looking toward the future, excited for my adventure with Experiences Canada. I know that it too will shape me as an individual can provide me with experiences and memories that I will cherish.
I look forward to meeting everyone with whom I will be working!
Rebecca is a community leader in Elgin County where she facilitates a youth folk dance group and welcomes international dance exchange groups. Having the opportunity to travel and learn about
languages and cultures with groups as well as participate in youth forums as a student, she is thrilled to be part of the Diversity & Inclusivity Forum this year! Trained as a teacher, Rebecca is currently a Curriculum Specialist at Western University and has previously worked in teacher education and experiential learning. She spends her free time volunteering with Junior Achievement, reading Harry Potter in French or German with her cat Mozzarella and telling people about that one time she met Eugene Levy.
Sherifa Hadi is an articling student living in Ottawa. She has over a decade of experience working with children and youth and in 2007 she started her own program, CrossOver, designed to support and mentor first generation Canadian students seeking to enter professional programs such as medicine and law. Sherifa advocates for accessible education, particularly for low-income students, and dreams of a world where post-secondary education is free for all.
Sherifa is a self-proclaimed film junkie and a lover of libraries
Lisa Russell is currently studying Performance Production at Ryerson’s School of Performance, and has a background in graphic arts, design and advertising. A repeat volunteer at various organizations and communities in Toronto such as the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games, Hot Docs, Luminato, TIFF and more – she enjoys cinema, comics and exploring Toronto in her spare time. She had the opportunity to volunteer for Canada 150 & Me with Experiences Canada in 2017 and enjoyed it immensely and looks forward to a whole new opportunity this coming summer.
I am a proud Somali-Canadian, born in Calgary Alberta and raised in Waterloo Ontario. I have graduated with a Science degree at the University of Waterloo and then later studied at Wilfrid Laurier University to obtain my teaching certificate. I am very blessed to be currently teaching a vibrant grade 5 and 6 class in Kitchener. I absolutely love interacting with the youth, whether it be through community outreach programs or summer camps.
Daniel V. Sadler (he/him) is a born and raised Calgarian.
Daniel attended the University of British Columbia Okanagan for his undergraduate studies and is certified in Communications and Marketing from SAIT and Knowledge Translation from SickKids Hospital in Toronto. He is currently pursuing his Project Management Professional designation at the University of Calgary.
Daniel recognizes that youth are shaped by their environments and is committed to supporting families where they are. He currently works as a project coordinator researcher for Calgary and Area
Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) and volunteers as the Treasurer for Calgary Pride and as a Big Brother for Calgary and Area’s Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Daniel is an avid martial artist and amateur archer. He enjoys riding motorcycles in the summer and winding down with a good book – anything by Michael J. Sullivan, Douglas Coupland, or Timothy Findley.
Hello! My name is Jennifer Bucci and I am an Italian, Métis Toronto native who loves sports and the outdoors. I am currently in my fourth year at Eastern Michigan University pursuing a double major in Psychology and Public Relations with a minor in Communication studies. I am a student-athlete on the Women’s Rowing team here at EMU and also serve on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee representing our school/conference not only to our local community, but the rest of the NCAA as well. I am very excited to return to Toronto and participate in this youth leadership and diversity opportunity!