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Sharif Mahdy

Sharif Mahdy

Sharif Mahdy is currently the Executive Director of the Students Commission of Canada (SCC). Sharif has been with the SCC since 2010 when he joined the organization as a project coordinator. Sharif has an Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. He also has a Masters of Arts in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University. Sharif loves canoeing, being in the outdoors, dancing like no one's watching, working out and hanging out with his cat Zoey! If Sharif had a warning label it would say “Extrovert ALERT!”, if he had a superpower he would want to be able to fly! @sharif_84 (instagram and twitter)

Christa Romaldi

Christa Romaldi

Christa is an adventurous and energetic person, with a love of the outdoors, reading and traveling. She has been to Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa and has extensively traveled North America; in many of these contexts she was working with children and youth. In fact, Christa has been working with children and youth for over 15 years: designing, implementing and supervising programs in various capacities and with diverse populations. She has spent the last 6 years supporting youth leadership and youth engagement in Canada, through organizational and personal mentorship, research and evaluation, and systems change projects, like Students Commission Collective Impact Toronto Youth.

Nishad Khanna

Nishad Khanna

Mr. Nishad Khanna has worked with the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement since 2002, having grown up in the youth facilitation program at Youth Launch, a core partner of the Centre. He has been involved in developing and implementing various youth programs, events and youth-engaged research with the Students Commission, organizational partners and academic partners. As research coordinator of the Centre of Excellence, he has a long history with the community-university partnerships we have developed over the past 10 years, as well as experience facilitating and coordinating youth participatory action research.

Shanti MacFronton

Shanti MacFrontonShanti met Pytor Hodgson at a conference through a mutual colleague. Pytor was working for the SC at the time, and they were both living in Kingston. Knowing a bit about her experience and background, Pytor brought Shanti onto a couple of short contracts with the SC. Then when she moved to Toronto, a job positing popped up, and she applied. The rest is history and Shanti’s current position is Project Manager. Shanti is from a small town BC originally, and spent a good chunk of her adult life studying and working in Vancouver. Shanti has been working with children and youth for close to 15 years. She loves to cook and bake, ride her bike, and be outside. Shanti is Mamma Bear to one pretty amazing little 2 year-old, who keeps her busy, and motivated, and in the moment. If Shanti had a warning label it would say “Caution! Questions everything.”, if she had a superpower she would want teleportation! As well that Shanti’s 2 year old daughter is what’s keeping her laughing these days.

Stoney McCart

Stoney McCart

Stoney McCart is one of the co-founders of the Students Commission of Canada. She began her journey at the SCC's first ever conference in 1991 as an adult ally from Tiny Giant (TG) magazine. Stoney was the adult ally publisher of the magazine. She worked closely with a 200 person youth editorial board to put out regular issues of the magazine in high schools across Canada. In 1992, she was appointed the Executive Director of the Students Commission. A role she held until September 2017. She is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships. She's focused now on generating big ideas that will transform the youth-well being network.

Todd Ward

Todd Ward

Todd started working with Today's Generation – the youth magazine run by Stoney McCart in the late 1980's. So, he predates the founding of the Students Commission. Todd was hooked from the very first SC conference by the young participants' energy and the many talents they shared. The experience reaffirmed his belief that the world is a better place for all when we value each other's contributions and work together for positive change. Since 1991 he has had the good fortune of working alongside passionate youth, committed adults and caring organizations to ensure that the youth engagement experience is shared with other young people. Todd’s current position is Art Director. Todd was a military kid who moved every couple of years so he grew up being the new kid on the block in every community he had moved to. Todd has always felt that respect and acceptance of others is so important. Always being welcomed wherever his family settled has engendered in him a sense of how important it is to accept people for who they are. He has always found that good things come out of this trust. If Todd had a warning label/tagline it would say “Grey is the new silver”, if he had a superpower he would want to be able to time travel! Universal jokes are what makes him laugh the most.

Jordi Lanctot

Todd Ward

Jordi Jordi heard about all the SC's great work and he was asked to get involved. Jordi is a big fan of cake. If Jordi had a warning label it would say “Warning! Puts pineapple on pizza.”, if he had a superpower he would want telekinesis! As well that being awkward is what makes him laugh the most.

 

 

Kwaku Agyemang

Kwaku Agyemang

Kwaku got involved with the SC by attending the Top Left Conference. He is an actor/radio personality/ Youth Advocate, he loves working with people, networking and mentoring my peers. If Kwaku had a warning label it would say “DON’T BE NEGATIVE! I don’t work well with negative people. Positivity is the best way to get along.”, if he had a superpower he would want to be able to change the weather, if you’ve lived in Toronto.. you will understand! As well that inside jokes are what makes Kwaku laugh the most. The joke in itself and the fact that others don’t get it!

 

Maddy Ross

Maddy Ross

Maddy has been involved with the Students Commission for the past 5 years through the Youth 2 Kingston (Y2K) project. She is currently doing her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, and is excited to have joined the SC Team at the Toronto Office. From 2013-2016, Maddy served as the Vice-Chair of the Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities, in which she advised the Premier of Ontario and Cabinet Ministers on provincial youth policy and initiatives. In this role, she helped shape the Ontario Youth Action Plan, the Stepping Up framework for improving youth outcomes, and met with diverse populations of young people across the province. Maddy is passionate about amplifying youth voice and increasing the capacity of adults and young people to work together. When she's not studying or working, she can be found going dancing, cooking or watching cute puppy videos for hours on end.

 

 

Associates

Judit Alcalde

Judit AlcaldeJudit has over twenty-two years of community-based experience in applied research and program evaluation, community consultation and planning, community development and health promotion, as well as project management. The Students Commission benefits from her extensive experience in the design, delivery, and evaluation of workshops and training programs and her ability to work with our diverse team, partner organizations and community groups.

 


Dave Forteau

Dave ForteauDave was a lead facilitator in the Influence in Action project (Dec. 2010 – March 2011), delivering workshops regarding critical thinking and drug use to approximately 30 schools. Most recently, he facilitated an event with Indigenous youth, that developed and used an action plan to improve youth‐adult relationships and youth engagement among organizations and the city of Dryden. (In 2012, he has facilitated several events in Kingston, Ontario, helping youth to develop a City Youth Strategy, as well as the Unite and Ignite Conference.

 


Karen Hayward

Karen HaywardKaren brings a wealth of knowledge in working with community-based organizations and approximately 22 years experience with research and program evaluation. Karen provides her extensive experience in support of our ongoing projects. Her skills include conducting individual and focus group interviews, both qualitative and quantitative data analyses, project management, as well as proposal and report writing.

 


Joseph Herscoe

Joseph HerscoeJoseph has worked as a facilitator with the SC for a number of years delivering successful workshops at the community level. He has developed and delivered "Don't Believe the Hype", an in-school program, as well as workshops built around what he sees as the “essence of what [Hip Hop] culture encompasses”. Through these successful programs he hopes youth gain a greater sense of self-awareness, belonging and an increased sense of identity.

 


Pytor Hodgson

Pytor Hodgson

Mr. Pytor Hodgson has worked with the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement since its inception and has been involved in developing and executing over 150 youth conferences and projects with at least six other major youth organizations. It is a priority of the Students Commission and the partnering agencies to empower youth to become involved in research.


 


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