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 Owusu-Ansah is a current UBC Art Co-op student, studying International Relations and Law and Society. She was the Founder and Director of Owusu-Ansah Foundation: an non-profit group which aimed at helping underprivileged individuals and organisations in Ghana through advocacy, research and fundraising.
She is currently a co-founder of HeartBeat, a Vancouver-based project which aims to shed light on the impact of sexual violence on individuals and communities. She also offers a wide range of volunteering services to Reconciliation Canada as an Outreach Assistant and North Shore Restorative Justice as a Case Facilitator. In the spirit of Canada's 150th birthday, Michelle is working on the Inspiring Canada Project, which hopes to celebrate 150 years of Youth enthusiasm, participation and engagement in the building of Canada.
Her interests include but not limited to Aboriginal Affairs, Social Advocacy and Justice, Law, International Affairs and humanitarian work. She hopes to be a Social Entrepreneur and an International Arbitrator in the future.
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 Thelot is a McGill student in Accounting and Organizational Behavior. His interest vary from the implications of diversity in the workplace to the politics surrounding gender issues. An Amnesty International trainee, equity has been on his mind for quite some years now. He tries to integrate principles to his quotidian work life as an Account Manager and Junior Designer at Ophelie Hats, an independent fashion house that employs young people and immigrant women.
Recently, he has joined the very first cohort of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s Youth Ambassadors in their 2016 conference in Toronto.