The CRRF Youth Ambassador Program is an opportunity for young people from across Canada to develop leadership skills and become agents of change. The CRRF actively encourages Youth Ambassadors to develop and implement programs in their own communities that promote harmonious race relations and tackle issues of racism. The CRRF will offer support in the areas of project development, research, fundraising, promotion and partnership development. Youth Ambassadors will have the opportunity to actively participate in CRRF programs and events, and will remain connected with the CRRF in 2017 and beyond.
Michelle has a BA International Relations and Law and Society at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada. And she is a current Graduate Student at Queens University studying Global Development. Her research question looks at how Canada-assisted international development project can integrate community ownership in their planning and implementation in Sub-Saharan with Ghana as a case study.
She has a wide range experience at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Affairs Canada, Canadian Resource and International Development Institute and UBC Office of Regional and International Engagement. She is also a member of Ontario Council for International Cooperation and Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID). She also has alot of experience initiating projects and working with communities in Ghana. Currently, Michelle is also the founder of Voice Out Africa, a youth-led group in Ghana aims to give young Ghanaian the opportunity to be in community development through volunteerism, training and mentorship. More of her work with this group can be found at www.voiceoutafrica.org
She loves pizza and enjoys solving word puzzles. For more information about Michelle see her website at https://michelleowusuansah.wordpress.com. Say hi at
Monique Sekhon is an undergraduate Health Sciences student at Simon Fraser University. Her extra-curricular activities include acting as an SFU Health Peer Educator, executive member of UNICEF SFU, chair of Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-medical Fraternity - Canada Beta Chapter, Research Assistant with the BC Cancer Agency's Healthy Aging Study, Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, and Project Leader for Care-2-Share for Mental Health Awareness.
As a Youth Ambassador for the CRRF, Monique was able to be active in many discussions and steps being taken towards creating a diverse and inclusive Canada. Aspiring towards a career in healthcare, Monique hopes to bring to her work a recognition of intersecting factors and a goal for equity among all Canadians. Monique would like to thank the CRRF and all of the esteemed guests, speakers and panelists for inspiring youth to be aware and to work towards bettering our Country.
Ruby is an artist, writer and entrepreneur from Montreal, now living in Toronto. His work focuses on the intersections of race, capitalism and culture.