CYD Doha (’12)
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Cameron grew up splitting time between the rocky mountains and the northern prairies. He developed a passion for organizing as a teenager in the Edmonton music scene, starting both a promotion company and record label and connecting music with grassroots movements for social and environmental justice. After moving to Montreal to study at Concordia University Cameron became increasingly involved in youth climate organizing, becoming the National Director of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition in early 2011. Over the past two years he has worked locally, nationally and internationally to empower and embolden the youth climate movement, this fall working with youth from across the country to organize the second PowerShift Canada, and to launch a 3 year project to hold regional and provincial level PowerShifts across Canada throughout 2013-2015 in order to train, engage and activate hundreds of young organizers working to build a just and sustainable future. Follow him on twitter @CamFenton.
Born and raised in Montreal, Nadia is currently doing her undergrad in International Management with a minor in International Development Studies at McGill University. She loves travelling, and over the past few years, she co-founded a volunteer project in India by visiting and researching different NGOs throughout Northern India. She also went on a cross-cultural field study in Nicaragua for a month. Travelling has helped her realize that change is instigated through mass mobilization and creative actions from the
grassroots. She started getting involved in climate justice issues in 2010 with Climate Justice Montreal and furthered her work promoting sustainability on campus when she was an executive at the Dawson Student Union.
From creating a Taskforce on Campus Racism to fighting against tuition fee increases in Quebec, Nadia strongly believes in the importance of creating a just, sustainable, and equitable future. Right now Nadia is an intern for the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, and a News Volunteer at CKUT Radio, a non-profit campus community radio station at McGill University. She is stoked to be part of the CYD! Follow her on Twitter @nadiakanji
Perla was born and raised in the city of Xalapa, Mexico where she lived until she was 17 years old, before coming to Canada to study her undergraduate degree in St John’s, Newfoundland. After being introduced to a very welcoming culture, a new language and the boreal forest environment from Newfoundland, Perla gained a sense of belonging and decided to extend her stay for her undergraduate degree.
Perla is now completing her last year of political science and environmental studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. While completing her undergraduate, Perla has been involved in initiatives promoting sustainability, climate justice and democratic participation on her campus and back in Mexico. While working as a student assistant for the Environmental Policy Institute, Perla had the great opportunity to work collaboratively on the creation of events and initiatives among the student body and the community aimed to educate and mobilize the campus community in adopting a culture of sustainability. She has also been involved in campaigns tackling poverty issues, gender equality and food security through student societies. Back in her hometown, Perla was the events and media coordinator for the Comité Juvenil Municipal: México Nuevo Juvenil, a group which promoted the participation of youth in the democratic processes through social and educational events. Perla strongly believes in the role of active citizen’s mobilization and democratic participation as means to achieve a more responsible, sustainable and just future based on social equity for current and future generations. This is something she will be pursuing as a part of the CYD. Follow her on twitter @Perla_hg
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Peggy was born in Edmonton and currently resides in Vancouver, on Coast Salish Territories. She grew up with an enriching high school experience, in which she was given progressive education and became civically engaged and involved in her community through the support of various amazing mentors, role models, and organizations. After high school, Peggy travelled across Canada to film a documentary on the impacts of resource extraction and development projects on frontline communities. This experience changed her life and paved the way for a deep commitment in climate justice work.
Currently she is studying at Simon Fraser University to finish her degree in dialogue and human geography, with the aim of becoming a journalist and media artist. She also works as a youth worker and facilitator and has facilitated numerous dialogues on the issues of oppression, climate justice, and social change. In partnership with the Access to Media Education Society, she is working on launching “Climate Matters,” a project dedicated to delivering media-skills training and climate justice and decolonization curriculum to youth all over BC.
In her spare time, Peggy likes working on independent film projects and writing spoken-word poetry.
Bio coming soon.
Meghan was born and raised in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador. She started working and learning about the environment when she was little, as a junior Forest Warden, romping around the beautiful Newfoundland wilderness. With a few years of organizing anti-poverty and sustainability campaigns under her belt, Meghan became active in the climate movement in 2009, as one of the founders of the NL Climate Action Coalition, and did substantive organizing around COP15 in Copenhagen. Starting first with Oxfam Canada’s Women’s Rights and Climate Change Campaign , Meghan has become deeply passionate about how climate change disproportionally impacts marginalized communities; both in Canada and in the Global South. Besides that, she has been a climate change educator for youth, a member of the University Senate, and the Executive Director of Campaigns for the MUN Students’ Union, among other things. When she isn’t working her butt off for climate justice, she really enjoys tea, cycling, and dancing off her carbon footprint. Meghan is coordinating this year’s Canadian Youth Delegation. Follow her on twitter @Meghan709
There exists in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan a rather strange and unique species, the Karen Rooney. The Karen is a type of human with a rather developed interest in social justice, health, politics, the environment and food – and a keen eye for making the links between them all. The Karen spends her days working as an oncology (aka cancer-care) nurse, where she has the opportunity to meet many awe-inspiring people, hear their stories and learn from the wisdom they share. In her off-time, the Karen can be found listening to old records, cooking up some great veggie fare, spending large amounts of time socializing with other similar members of the species and pondering the world about her. The Karen is a recent graduate of the inaugural Next Up Saskatchewan program, a leadership development course for young activists across Western Canada. This course was the catalyst to many of the Karen’s current projects including a civic campaign to encourage citizens to engage with their city council around the adoption of a city-wide recycling program. It has been said that the Karen is an optimist and a dreamer…she likes to think of herself as a pebble that will make some waves.
Megan Van Buskirk
Megan has lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan her entire life. As a young Girl Guide, she spent a lot of time in nature, and consequently learned that the environment is pretty rad. From canoeing the Churchill River to backpacking through the Grasslands, she has gained an appreciation for natural spaces and an understanding of their importance. In 2004, she was involved in a program called “Outdoor School” where her interest in climate science began to grow. Since then she has gone to the University of Saskatchewan and received two degrees in the environmental studies – a B.Sc. in Physical Geography and a B.A. in Northern Studies. Alongside her studies, she was President of the Environmental Studies Student Association and the U of S’s Community Engagement Sustainability Intern. She also represented the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts as a youth delegate to the UNFCCC COP16 and COP17, working specifically on the topics of gender roles, capacity building, and non-formal education. Now she is the Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, and can’t wait to spread her passion for climate justice as a part of the CYD! When she isn’t working in solidarity, she loves cruising around on her bike, taking photos, writing lists, blogging about the environment, and reading books. Follow her on twitter @m_cvb.
Alana spent most of her life in Winnipeg, venturing out for tall grass prairie insect-collecting excursions and canoe trips into the Canadian Shield. Her love for the wilderness drew her to into species at risk research and, inevitably, environmental activism, beginning with campus sustainability and urban forestry. She has managed scientific research projects in diverse areas including the impacts of climate change on endangered species, sustainability analyses for Arctic communities, the impacts of industrial development on wildlife, and more.
Alana co-founded The Food Label Movement, for whom she is the Research Director & Volunteer Coordinator. She is now based out of Halifax, where her research and activism focus is pursuing climate justice for those who cannot speak for themselves—species at risk. You can keep up with her many goings on here.