Kelvin Tayag is currently pursuing a political science degree at the University of Victoria. He is a strong advocate for social change and plans on an enriching career in politics, with hopes of running for parliament. He has noticed an exponential increase in general youth “disengagement” which lead him to join the CVYC with the intention of raising awareness and to strengthen youth activity. Aside from the interest in politics, Kelvin is an avid singer-songwriter and uses his music as an avenue for connecting individuals with social awareness.
Delphina Kejo is a Camosun College Student taking a Certificate in Legal Office Assistant. She was born and raised in Tanzania and moved to Victoria three years ago. Delphina is very passionate about youth related issues and as a result has participated in the Saanich Youth Development Strategy research team. Delphina is looking forward to sharing poetry and an open mind to diverse ideas.
Padraig McMullan immigrated to Canada in 2015 from Belfast, Ireland. This is his first year on the CVYC and he hopes to use his experience working within local government to benefit others. Padraig is passionate about youth issues and has joined the CVYC to help local youth in his new home city of Victoria.
Paige Collins is a grade 12 student at Victoria High School. This is her 2nd year in CVYC. She is a dancer, photographer, and traveler. She is involved with her school’s leadership and dance programs, as well as the garden club. Paige is hoping to get involved with decolonization and reconciliation efforts this year in CVYC. She is interested in studying anthropology, economics, international relations, political science, and sociology at an undergraduate level. She is interested in pursuing a career in public policy, international development, or sustainable property development.
Solomon Lindsay is currently enrolled at Camosun College as a computer engineering student and has a great passion for innovative and sustainable technology. He was first interested in joining the CVYC as means of networking and making friends; however, it has also developed into a great way of participating in the local community and connecting with the various aspects of Victoria.
Rachel Grohovac is a Grade 11 student at Oak Bay High School and this is her first year on the CVYC. On her free time, Rachel can be found practicing classical singing, at track and field practice, or teaching children to read in the library “Reading Buddies” program. She joined the CVYC to learn more about the issues our community is facing, to contribute her ideas to Victoria and meet like-minded people. During the next year, Rachel hopes to grow her understanding and opinions on community issues and grow her skills in leadership, campaigning, and collaboration.
Ayden Turpel-Stewart is a 12th Grade student, actor, and writer for the Youth Forum for Political Discourse. He takes a keen interest in politics, history, and language. You can find his work at www.yfpd.ca, and he’s delighted to participate in the CVYC.
Callum McDonald is a first year student at UVic. He is a proud and passionate advocate for democratic socialism, and by extension income inequality and public transit, and has extensively campaigned for the NDP in recent elections. He very much enjoys working with the people in the CVYC. Other than politics, Callum spends his time learning French and Swedish, researching history, and working on flag design. Callum’s goal in the CVYC is to push Victoria to adopt a new flag, which he thinks is feasible and ultra-important to a vibrant city like Victoria.
Makenzie Zouboules is a queer fourth year Political Science and Writing student at the University of Victoria. A Yellowknife export, she’s been fortunate to be able to represent UVic students and their interests to municipal, provincial and federal governments, and to work with the Victoria Downtown Residents Association on the Yates Street Community garden. When Makenzie isn’t hanging out with the incredible CVYC team, she’s probably reading next to the ocean in this beautiful city she’s been lucky to call home since 2012.
Zara Chaudhry is a Grade 12 student currently attending Reynolds Secondary. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys playing field hockey, reading, volunteering and helping out in her community. This is Zara’s first year participating in CVYC and she joined to gather with like-minded diverse individuals to bring a youth’s perspective into the community. She hopes to gain valuable skills and assets, address issues in the community and participate in community events in her time with CVYC.
Sara Maya Bhandar is originally from the land of the Malahat Nation, Cowichan Tribes, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples (Shawnigan Lake). She moved to Victoria in 2013 and fell in love with the city. This is Sara Maya’s third year on the CVYC, and she loves how it empowers youth to make a difference in their communities. She currently attends the University of Victoria on Lkwungen lands, studying Sociology, Indigenous Studies, and Public Administration. She also sits on the Board of Governors of UVic and is an active member of the Youth of Island Sexual Health (YISH) committee. In her spare time she likes to collect pictures of medium-sized dogs.
Emma Hanna first decided to join the Youth Council in order to volunteer for the community and learn more about the City of Victoria. Emma is passionate about hiking, traveling, reading and wasting time on the internet. Emma is currently a Grade 11 student at Mt. Douglas Secondary School.
Shae-Linn Davis is an outgoing Grade 11 student who attends Reynolds Secondary School. As an avid member of the Reynolds Leadership Team and French Flex Program, she works diligently to create a positive and influential impact throughout the community. Outside of school, Shae-Linn is an active Ranger through Girl Guides of Canada and has recently received the Canada Cord award for her services. She enjoys playing the flute and has received multiple awards from the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and an honourable mention from the BC Performing Arts Provincial Festival last Spring. This is Shae-Linn’s second year as a member of the City of Victoria Youth Council and she looks forward to working with like-minded people who strive towards creating youth-driven change.
Sammy Ross is a grade 12 student at Esquimalt High School and this is his second year working as s member of the City of Victoria Youth Council. In his free time, he plays the violin, skis, and swims and is an enthusiastic member of his high school improv team. He joined the youth council after three months abroad last year as a way to connect with his local community.