Who We Are
The Canadian Coalition for Youth, Peace & Security is a network of over 60 individuals and organizations working or interested in Youth, Peace and Security with the primary purpose of uplifting each others’ work, advocacy and research.
Our Steering Committee
Our Coalition is member-driven, with ten Steering Committee members who ensure the coordination of the network and its daily operations.
My work in Youth, Peace and Security has had a focus on youth empowerment. I am a strong advocate of youth voices being heard on all levels!
Also, I’m an intern at the NATO Association of Canada and research around gun violence in Canada at the Rideau Institute.
Favourite flavour of ice
cream? Cookie dough, always
A life changing experience
It would have to be between leading a 4 week and 3 week canoe trips and living in South Africa for 3 months.
My work promotes the YPS agenda by supporting youth and their work, and by empowering youth to take
a seat at the table.
What is your dream job?
(That’s a tough one) My dream job is to run an organization that creates change and empowers people.
A life-changing experience you’ve had? Working with young women leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo and traveling to Eastern DRC. They inspire me to keep working + advocating for peace no matter how hard or impossible it might seem. They are a constant reminder of what real peacebuilding work should be: Collaborative, inclusive & sustainable.
I have always been passionate about homelessness in Canada & my interest and inspiration was birthed from a national conference on Child Poverty in 2014. Since that time I started a non-profit organization to help lower the poverty toll in British Columbia. This promotes the YPS agenda by trying to help youth with a youth lead organization.
My advocacy work focuses on the intersection of law, policy and feminist analysis in Canada. I am passionate about learning more about gender-based violence within the Youth, Peace and Security agenda and broadening my scope of knowledge within the International Peace and Security community!!
My work promotes the YPS agenda by pushing for youth in Canada to be able to create their own solutions to conflict in their communities so that peace efforts are for youth and by youth.
I want to work in policy and research to support violence and conflict prevention work being done at the local level for children and youth.
I'd like to focus on making YPS more accessible for youth, especially those who are often left out from the decision-making table.
When I was younger, I used to dream of being an astronaut. Now that I'm older (and realized science is not my strong suit) I'd love to work as a foreign correspondent.
As a young person I have always pushed for the voices of youth to be heard at all levels locally, nationally & internationally. A lot of my work is centred around gender, youth and migrant groups + on the WPS and YPS agendas. Over the past year I have focused more on the implications of the agendas in various parts of the world, like Canada and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
My work promotes the YPS agenda by promoting and demonstrating how young people can use their voices and actions to take a seat at the table and to create their own tables. I am inspired by people like Youth of Sumud who work everyday to lead non-violent movements in their community as youth leaders who strive for a peaceful future.