2018/19 Members

Alex Kuhn

Council Member

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Hi! My name is Alex and I am a recent Environmental Studies graduate from the University of Windsor. I moved to beautiful Victoria, BC last September and am excited to make strong connections and help to make positive changes within our community. I love everything outdoors – hiking, kayaking, biking, etc. You can always find me collecting sea glass down at the beach along Dallas Road. I am an active member of the Youth Food Network and love volunteering with the Victoria Green Team and Sierra Club BC!

Emma-Jane Burian

Council Member

Age: 16

Pronouns: She/Her

My name is Emma-Jane and 101624903-avatar-icon-vector-male-user-person-profile-symbol-in-flat-color-glyph-pictogram-illustrationI joined CVYC because I want to explore my newfound passion for politics and learn more about working in my community. I have a huge passion for physics and education. I want to make science, education and politics my career someday. Anything to do with the universe excites me! I am currently a Grade 11 student with SelfDesign Learning Community, a BC online independent school. I want to foster awareness around environmental issues in my community and give youth more opportunities to get involved in science.

Finn Kreischer

Council Member

Age: 15

Pronouns: He/Him

My name is Finn Kreischer and I’ve been lucky enough to call Victoria home all my life. I’m 15 years old and a student at the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry in downtown Victoria. I’m very passionate about climate change, sustainability, veganism, and related issues. I’m an avid urbanist, cycling expert, and I recently volunteered on the campaign to re-elect Lisa Helps as Mayor. I’ve also volunteered and protested with the Sierra Club regarding various issues.

101624903-avatar-icon-vector-male-user-person-profile-symbol-in-flat-color-glyph-pictogram-illustrationThis is my second year on the CVYC; last year I enjoyed learning about various topics and meeting other like-minded youth. I worked on a project to educate youth on cycling in Victoria. The project never came to fruition but I’d like to do another cycling or urbanism-related project this year.

Being on the CVYC last year was a fun experience that expanded my knowledge and horizons. I’m looking forward to another year.

Jaden Kletke

Council Member

Age: 18

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Hi, my name is Jaden.  I went to Reynolds Secondary School and am currently undergoing a gap year.  I am passionate about helping youth fight drug addiction and procedures to ensure drugs aren’t prevalent in school. I joined the CVYC to raise awareness about this issue.

Josh Lin

Council Member

Age: 18

Pronouns: He/Him

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Josh Lin is a grade 12 student at Mount Douglas Secondary School and this is his first year on CVYC. In school, he leads the Model United Nations Club, is involved in the leadership program, and runs cross country. He is an avid backpacker who enjoys travelling through Coachsurfing.com. Josh hopes to bring more tech opportunities to the students of Victoria and equip the future generation with skills in the rapidly changing world. In the future, Josh is interested in studying Business, mathematics, and studio art.

Mackie Forrest

Council Member

Age: 17

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My name is Maclaren Forrest, and I am a 12th grade student at Oak Bay High School. I joined CVYC because I am interested in social justice and community work, especially in regard to helping homeless citizens. I have created projects that connect individuals from different parts of society, and fostered initiatives that give opportunities for other youth. I look forward to my second year with CVYC and continuing my community work!

Matthew Geng

Council Member

Age: 16

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Matthew is a keen student-athlete who is passionate about making a change. He has played both basketball and chess at a national level and wishes to reintroduce a cross-school chess tournament. His overall goal is to provide others with new opportunities, and he hopes to accomplish his goals through the youth council.

Melody Chang

Council Member

Age: 16

Pronouns: She/Her

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Melody is currently a grade 11 student at Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS), this is her second year in the City of Victoria Youth Council. She came to Canada four years ago from Taiwan with a passion for STEM and international relations. Melody is an advocate for STEM education in Victoria with the goal of empowering the younger generation to pursue the fields. You can also find Melody sharing her favorite cultural dishes while coordinating model United Nations conferences at GNS. Outside of the school, She loves immersing herself in a science lab working on projects and also enjoys meeting new people. After school, Melody enjoys volunteering at the Victoria Immigrants and Refugee center assisting children with their homework. Ultimately, Melody can’t wait to challenges herself every day and make a positive impact in Victoria.

Rohan Gupta

Council Member

Age: 15

Pronouns: He/Him

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My name is Rohan Gupta, grade 11 student at Oak Bay High. I joined CVYC in order to advocate on the behalf of young people and have a say on the important issues facing my generation. Furthermore, I am motivated to help with the mental problems facing youth today, as I see these issues not being dealt with on a daily basis. This organization will allow the voice of youth to be heard, allowing us to achieve desired goals, communication, and teamwork skills.

Sheridan Hawse

Council Member

Age: 21

Pronouns: She/Her

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Sheridan Hawse is twenty-one years old and lives in Saanich. She works in her community of Greater Victoria as a Constituency Assistant in the Victoria-Swan Lake riding. Her passion for public service and community development was first fostered through volunteering with the British Columbia Youth Parliament, of which she currently serves as Premier. Through BCYP, Sheridan became keenly interested in issues that affect youth, especially education and child care. Other issues close to her heart include affordable housing and transit – to her, the best of both worlds is affordable housing sustainably developed along accessible transit corridors. She hopes to help impact the lives of youth through pushing for resources and development of these aforementioned issues.

Sophie Collins

Council Member

Age: 17

Pronouns: She/Her

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Sophie Collins is a grade 12 student at Mount Douglas Secondary, and this is her first year on the CVYC. She is a gymnast, an avid hiker and skier, and a member of her school’s student council. She enjoys volunteering, and decided to join CVYC as a way of learning more about issues in the community and ways to solve them, as well as a means to meet like-minded people. Sophie is passionate about sustainability and human and animal rights, and hopes to pursue a career in wildlife conservation and veterinary sciences.

Stefanie Chen

Council Member

Age: 15

Pronouns: She/Her

Hi! My name is Stefanie and I am from Taiwan. 101624903-avatar-icon-vector-male-user-person-profile-symbol-in-flat-color-glyph-pictogram-illustrationI go to Glenlyon Norfolk School. I am passion about Chinese folk dance, which I have been learning for ten years, traveling, and table tennis. I joined CVYC because I would like to meet different people, collaborate with others to contribute to the society, and create unique experience. I  am looking forward to the team work and accomplishments!

Yiwen Cai

Council Member

Age: 17

Pronouns: She/Her

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My name is Yiwen Cai and I am a grade 11 student from St. Michaels University School. Originally from Shanghai, China, I moved to Nanaimo with my family when I was 11. Fascinated by the collision of multicultural and multilingual environment in Canada, I fell in love with the City of Victoria and its people. As an active advocate for youth and minorities, l am ecstatic to join CVYC 2018-19 in order to explore the city more in depth as well as encountering amazing individuals. In my spare time, I love to play the piano, read, attend Model UN and win a couple matches of badminton.