2019/2020 Cohort

Grace Sinats

Council Member

Bio Coming Soon!

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Annabelle Tian

Council Member

My name is Annabelle Tian and I have lived in Victoria for most of my life. I am a grade 10 student attending Victor-Brodeur School. At school, I am part of the student council and a member of the badminton team. I joined the CVYC to help organize and plan events for youth in my community. This is my first year on the CVYC and I hope to bring more diverse and fun activities where youth can participate and have fun. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, having fun with my friends and learning musical instruments. My goals are to meet new people with common interests, learn more about my city and community and help organize events!

Monique Sekhon

Council Member

Monique Sekhon recently completed her studies in Population Health at Simon Fraser University and now works in Project Management at the Ministry of Health. During her time in University, Monique led various projects such as “Let’s Talk Mental Health”, “the Anatomy Fashion Show”, and “FitMix”. Having been an executive member of multiple student organizations, Monique gained experience leading teams, managing budgets, and ideating solutions. Moving back to Victoria, Monique became a Youth Council Member with both Foundry Victoria (Victoria Youth Clinic) and Foundry Central. She has also become a volunteer with “Apathy is Boring”, a non-partisan organization geared towards getting young people out to vote and educating them on political jargon. In 2016, Monique started an organization called “Care-2-Share” to spread awareness and advocate for those dealing with mental health and substance use challenges. Upon learning about the City of Victoria Youth Council, Monique was excited by the opportunity to work with like-minded youth activists who are geared towards representation, empowerment, facilitating change and renewal, and letting their voices be heard by those who are in decision-making roles for the betterment of the City.

Alyssa Korol-Filbey

Council Member

Bio coming soon!

Stefanie Chen

Council Member

Stefanie Chen is a grade 11 student from Taiwan. This is her second year studying in Victoria, and she enjoys working with the youth council to contribute to the community. Her passions include Chinese traditional dance, ultimate frisbee, and reading. She pulled off the first Cultural Day last year and is excited to advocate for issues concerning youth through different projects this year.

Emma-Jane Burian

Council Member

My name is Emma-Jane Burian and I am a grade 12 student with SelfDesign Learning Community. I am super passionate about politic, social justice and the environment. I help lead the Climate Strikes here in Victoria and love philosophy and questioning everything. My dream is to become a Human Rights Lawyer and then eventually an MP.

Raine Guiterrez

Council Member

Raine has travelled across the world, from North America to Asia, and has lived in a total of four cities. When she was younger she was obsessed with dinosaurs and wanted to become an author. Raine now resides in Victoria where she attends high school with many of her best friends. Raine has a passion for helping out in her community and volunteers at many annual events. She loves to write poetry often inspired by the beautiful Vancouver island landscape and go running along Victoria’s breathtaking shorelines.

Aza Bryson

Council Member

Aza is originally from Vancouver, but is happily living in Victoria and attending Uvic. Her major is in Political Science. She has worked for many years as a children’s swim coach for a Vancouver non-profit organization. Aza is extremely passionate about community building, equality and political literacy. She views politics as a way to enact meaningful change in people’s everyday lives and communities. 

Leon Chen

Council Member

My name is Leon, and I am a senior at Mount Douglas Secondary School. Originally from Beijing, I moved to Victoria when I was 5 years old. I am an avid scholar with a vested interest in mathematics, the sciences, and, especially, economics. As a result, I am fortunate enough to be enrolled at UVIC as well, taking economics and math courses for dual credit. Outside of school, I work as a part time analyst at a local consulting firm. My hobbies include playing League of Legends and watching anime. And despite having a hefty workload, I try to exercise by playing badminton and ping pong whenever I can. Community work is a big part of my life. I have clocked in over 360 hours of volunteer service throughout these past 3 years and lead a couple community collaborative clubs at school. My dream is to one day give back to the city that raised me by investing in sustainable development projects for Victoria.

Alma Perreault

Council Member

Alma Perreault is a graduating student from Belmont Secondary’s 2020 class. She has numerous accomplishments in leadership programs, such as running a theatre program in Belmont’s IMPACT program for differently abled students, being a member of CYC (Chief Youth Council) with VicPD, restarting Belmont’s Wellness Centre YAT ( Youth Action Team) group and of course, being a part of CVYC (City of Victoria Youth Council). Alma is motivated to make a difference and will jump at every opportunity to do so.

Ojistoh Henhawke

Council Member

Bio coming soon!

Shreya Sivakumar

Council Member

Shreya Sivakumar is a sport-loving and enthusiastic student at Mount Douglas Secondary School. Shreya is a member of the SD61 Challenge Program, offered to gifted, creative and talented learners. In this program, she enriches her knowledge, works with like-minded students at a competitive pace. Fascinated by the STEM courses, she can pick up any scientific article and enjoy reading it regardless of subject. If she learned something from it, it was worth it.

Shreya is currently working on a science fair project to prevent drug overdoses by using customized test strips. Shreya believes that substance abuse is a detrimental issue with an obstructive impact expanding past health and well-being. Through this project, she hopes to support individuals and her community by improving general knowledge of short and long term effects of drug abuse.

Outside of academics, Shreya plays a number of competitive sports, including Soccer, Field Hockey and Track. In 2018, Shreya’s VIPL level soccer team placed second in the province.  This was a memorable and significant event in her life. Through playing team sports, Shreya has gained both communication skills and confidence. In addition, Shreya offers her assistance in the community. In the summer of 2019, Shreya was an assistant coach at a competitive Bays United FC soccer camp. She enjoys teaching and spending time with the children who are passionate of soccer. The kids attending the camp found both a coach and a friend. Shreya also helps out at the Greater Victoria Public Library. She assisted kids ages six to ten with reading higher level novels. Shreya encourages the upcoming youth to develop their language and listening skills.

Talia Collins

Council Member

Bio coming soon!

Emily Hiser

Council Member

Bio coming soon!

Ben Fyfe

Council Member

Bio coming soon!

EJ Weston

Coordinator

EJ returns for their 2nd year as coordinator for City of Victoria Youth Council. Drawing on their previous leadership and youth engagement experience and skills, they are able to lead and support council members of CVYC. EJ’s other interests include: sports (especially hockey), photography, dinosaurs, working out, and cooking!

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