BE PART OF OUR

Youth Advisory Committee

FBC has an appointed youth director on its Board to reflect youth values and to bring a youth voice to FBC’s decision-making processes. Our youth program’s initiatives are informed and shaped by the Youth Advisory Committee. The Committee supports the youth director and provides an opportunity to inform the other directors about sustainability issues of importance to youth in BC communities. We recruit youth to join our advisory committee every year. Find out how you can join the committee and be the voice for youth in your community. Email us at youth@fraserbasin.bc.ca.

FBC’s Youth Advisory Committee brings a fresh perspective to the work of our Youth Program. Youth on the Committee are young leaders ages 16-30 from around BC with a passion for sustainability and community well-being. The Committee provides high-level input that helps to shape the development of the Youth Program and our current initiatives. They also help plan, develop and implement sustainability initiatives that engage youth and build their skills and capacity.

Meet the fantastic young leaders from across BC that are helping us shape our Youth Program and Youth Initiatives!

The 2020-21 Youth Advisory Committee is composed of 15 youth representatives (aged 16-30) living in 6 major regions of the province, who are a voice for youth in their communities on sustainability and climate change issues. Youth sitting on the Advisory Committee share their unique perspectives and ideas, and help shape the FBC Youth Program’s initiatives to better serve all youth across the province.

FBC Youth Advisory Committee members:

  1. Provide advice and input on the activities of the FBC’s Youth Program;
  2. Identify opportunities to incorporate youth perspectives into FBC activities; and
  3. Identify approaches to more creatively engage youth and young adults in their respective regions throughout BC to inform FBC of sustainability- and climate change-related priorities important to youth.

In addition, the Committee members have an opportunity to learn about regional climate change and sustainability issues in other parts of the province, and have the unique opportunity to build networks and relationships with fellow youth throughout BC.

Questions
If you would like to learn more, please send us an email at youth@fraserbasin.bc.ca or call 604-488-5354.

The Fantastic 2020-21 YAC Team

Brock Endean​

Chair and Youth Representative on FBC Board

Raised in the Village of Chase (unceded Secwepemc territory) Brock Endean is an accomplished young Métis professional who works to strengthen the capacity and engagement of youth in rural and Indigenous communities throughout Canada and internationally. As a community facilitator, Brock has worked with over 40 municipalities, First Nations and non-profit organizations on projects ranging from organizational strategic planning, youth engagement workshops, and social enterprise development for underrepresented populations. He believes that the best results are achieved by capturing the ideas, passion, values, and creativity of a community, then collaboratively finding the knowledge needed to move forward. His diversity of education and training includes studies in business, tourism management, sustainable agriculture, creative facilitation, and public engagement, all which complement his work in building communities where members feel connected and their dreams can thrive.

Mannkiran Pandher

Greater Vancouver Sea-to-Sky Representative

I am currently a UBC Science student residing in Metro Vancouver, where I was born and raised. Over the past several years, I have devoted my time to sustainability and social justice. With my work, I put a high focus on intersectionality, youth involvement, empathy, and inclusion.

In the past, I have been involved as a student leader through the UBC USI Sustainability Ambassadors Program and the UBC CCEL Reading Week Program. Moreover, I have spent the last few summers in my community working with children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Currently, I am involved in the development of the UBC SDG Alliance, which was formed following the success of the UBC SDG Week event that I created with fellow UBC Sustainability Ambassadors.

I look forward to being a part of the council to contribute my multifocal perspectives to discussions and to learn more about the various communities in BC.

Pato Gonzalez-Marquez

Greater Vancouver Sea-to-Sky Representative

My name is Patricio, but most people know me as Pato. While I was born in Mexico, Canada has been my home for the past 10 years. I recently graduated from Quest University Canada, where I focused my studies on Environmental Psychology. I am particularly interested in questions that explore the relationship between human behaviour and our surrounding environment, such as: How can we increase pro-environmental behaviour? What motivates people to take climate action? And, how does our surrounding environment influence our choices?

During my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing cards and board games, as well as watching the occasional Netflix series. I am also a big fan of the outdoors. My favourite outdoor activities include hiking, biking, and camping. Perhaps it is my appreciation for nature that fuels my passion for addressing climate related issues. I am highly motivated to find new adventures, while at the same time I recognize the importance of solving the climate crisis; making me an advocate for sustainable tomfoolery and plastic-free shenanigans.

Gaelen Snell

Greater Vancouver Sea-to-Sky Representative

I’m an epidemiologist and researcher with a MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I’m currently working with an interdisciplinary team at SFU, UBC, and the BCCDC to study how developmental assets and socio-environmental factors collectively predict youth flourishing in adolescence and early adulthood. As part of our research, we’re exploring how climate concern and anxiety affect youth mental well-being throughout BC.

I’m also active in several sustainability and community health initiatives in the lower mainland. I co-lead a David Suzuki Foundation Butterflyway to reintroduce pollinator-friendly plant species into urban spaces. Additionally, I volunteer with Vancouver’s official compost demonstration City Farmer, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and Vancouver General Hospital. In my spare time, I love to hike, bike, garden, cook, and find other excuses to get outside or my hands in the dirt!

Michael Vegh

Vancouver Island Representative

Yau – Hello. My name is Q̓án̓ístisḷa, and I am from the Haíłzaqv Nation. I am the Climate Action Network Coordinator at Coastal First Nations and the Indigenous Laws/Indigenous Protected Areas Coordinator at the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance. I am a member of the BC Climate Risk Network, and a Canadian representative on the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Expert Group for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

I am passionate about Indigenous-led stewardship. I believe that Indigenous worldviews hold answers and insights into bringing us all into a more sustainable future. As the young people of today, we are uniquely poised with being both aware of our climate crisis, and being a part of the solution. Working together in with a mutual respect for one another and all our relations will allow us to leave a world for future generations that we are proud of.

Lajah Warren

Vancouver Island Representative

My name is Lajah Warren and I am passionate about youth engagement, land stewardship, and anti-oppressive work. I am a Lewkungen woman, coming from the Chilcowitch family. I also come from European, Cree, Metis, and Ojibwe descent. I have received my diploma in Community, Family, and Child Studies and am now in my final year of Child and Youth Care (Indigenous Specialization) at the University of Victoria. I currently work as the Youth Engagement Coordinator at a local non-profit that supports local food systems and have a history of work within community services. I am passionate about empowering youth and communities by creating space for self-determination. I want to support community healing through building connections with all our relations, whether that be to people, land, or plants. I also want to support community healing by shedding light on the systemic issues that disconnect our people from land-based knowledge. I strongly believe that healthy land/water/sky and healthy communities are intrinsically connected.

Dara Campbell

Dara Campbell

Northern BC Representative

Hello! My name is Dara Campbell (she/her) and I’m a Chinese-Canadian settler living on unceded Lheidli T’enneh territory known today as the small northern city of Prince George. My devotion to climate action first began to take shape while I was an undergraduate student at the University of Northern British Columbia and grew exponentially as I worked several seasons at Educo Adventure School, exploring our province’s ethereal mountains and rivers with kids and teenagers. I quickly fell in love with the interdisciplinary nature of UNBC’s Global Studies and Political Science joint major program, studying the world through the distinct but interconnected lenses of international relations, political science, geography, anthropology, First Nations studies, and economics. I also spent a summer semester at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, where I learned about gender equality, reconciliation, and environmental justice from an Afrocentric point of view. In August 2019, I began working as the Executive Director of the Prince George Public Interest Research Group (PGPIRG) where I facilitate student-led action and advocacy for social and environmental justice. I love cooking and experimenting with food, exploring the world by bike, the feeling of jumping in a cool lake/river for the first time since winter, and treating my ears to good music and podcasts.

Abby Dooks

Northern BC Representative

Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, I am a Masters student in the field of Global and International Studies with a particular focus in the area of development studies. I completed my Bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary’s University with a double major in both Political Science and International Development Studies.

As a Masters student I am continuing to further my interest of environment and community relations by specifically focusing on Community Based Conservation in Northern Canada. Having previously researched conservations’ impacts on communities in Kenya, I was drawn to UNBC due to its unique positioning—surrounded by beautiful forest and home to communities, as well as indigenous communities, that share in my admiration of its beauty.

I am honoured to have been chosen as the newest committee member of the 2020-2021 FBC Youth Advisory Committee and am looking forward to furthering the conversation of climate change’s impacts on the environment in British Columbia.

Julia Flinton

Cariboo-Chilcotin Representative

I was born and raised in Williams Lake B.C, where I know live with my husband and two kids. I spent 10 years in Saskatchewan pursuing my hockey dreams while obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business at the University of Saskatchewan.

I am currently working for Williams Lake First Nation, as their Rights and Title Coordinator. As my husband and kids are First Nations, I am especially passionate about bringing First Nations Topics in regards to climate change and sustainability to the forefront.

I am excited to be a part of this year’s Fraser Basin Council Youth Committee. I look forward to meeting other youth from around the province, as well as getting youth from the Cariboo-Chilcotin area, involved and engaged in Climate Change and sustainability initiatives.

Elijah Mecham

Cariboo-Chilcotin Representative

I am a Bella Coola, Nuxalk Member having grown up in the Valley since birth. I graduated and left the Valley to purse my dreams of working in Clean Energy. I left in 2014 for 5 years, living in northern BC and working on some of the largest wind turbines in North America.

In 2019, I decided it was time to move home and support my own region in whatever capacity I could in advancing clean energy projects and climate solutions. This is where I found that my own community runs a Clean Energy Department out of the Nuxalk Nation working to accelerate the transition from diesel generated power to clean energy. I eagerly applied and found myself a Community Engagement Coordinator working for my people. After a few short months, I have become deeply engaged in several different projects related to clean energy and climate action. These projects include; Hydro Generation, Solar installations, Hydroponics, and climate change adaptation initiatives.

I still have much to learn and hope to share everything and anything I can to help create a brighter more sustainable future for my generation, The Youth.

Maddox Hahne

Kootenay-Rockies Representative

My name is Maddox Hahne, I am 16 years old and live in Kaslo British Columbia. I am grateful to share this space on the unceded territory of the Sinixt, Ktunaxa, and the Syilx peoples. I am in Grade 11 at JV Humphries school through which I am a member of the High school’s Green Team as well as a Student Parliament Grade Representative. I am a member of the Anti-Racism Collective of Kaslo and Area (ARCKA) and much of my volunteer work is done through our local branch of the Ladies Auxiliary. I am excited to participate in FBC Youth advisory committee activities to better involve rural youth in environmental initiatives. I spend my free time mushroom hunting, foraging for wild edibles, and cooking. The forests and wildlife surrounding our beautiful Kootenay lake make the importance of environmental education and action an obvious choice.

Leeza Perehudoff

Kootenay-Rockies Representative

Born, raised, and currently residing in Castlegar, BC, I am a settler on the traditional territory of the Sn̓ ʕay̓ ckstx (Sinixt), and the outer territories of the Ktunaxa, Sylix, and Secwépemc peoples. After secondary school, I lived in Whitehorse, YT, and my passion for learning about and protecting the environment manifested under the midnight sun. I returned to Castlegar and enrolled at Selkirk College, completing a technical diploma in the management of wildlife, fisheries, and outdoor recreation in 2018. During my diploma, I learned about geospatial science and how its many applications can inform our decision-making. I decided to again enrol at Selkirk College in the Bachelor Degree in Geographic Information Systems program, which I completed in 2020.

Since January 2020, I have supported Selkirk College’s Applied Research & Innovation Centre as an intern research assistant, contributing to projects on economic development and disaster resiliency, climate change adaptation, and community well-being. I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with other youth across BC, and contribute to the sustainability and well-being of our communities.

Amna Qazi

Thompson-Okanagan Representative

I am a Bachelor of Science in Nursing student from Kamloops. I describe myself as an aspiring climate change and human rights activist. I am particularly passionate about sustainability in healthcare and racial equity.

Before becoming a member of the FBC Youth Committee I was part of the Thompson Cohort for Co-Creating a Sustainable BC. I am an active community member both on and off-campus and enjoy dedicating my time to worthwhile causes. My volunteer activities include, but are not limited to, volunteering at the Royal Inland Hospital, the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association as well as various on-campus organizations. One of my most exciting volunteer experiences was as a student research volunteer in the Peruvian Amazon with Operation Wallacea, gaining field experience on environmental conservation research. During my high school years, I was a three time member of the RCMP Youth Advisory Committee as well as an SD 73 representative for BC Student Voice. Currently, I am also the secretary of the Biology Undergraduate Society or “BUGS”.

In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, horse riding, and reading.

Serena Michell-Grenier

Thompson-Okanagan Representative

I am Serena Michell-Grenier, a young Nlaka’pamux woman who has lived along side the Fraser my entire life. I am from Kumsheen (where the two rivers meet) at the confluence of the Thompson and Fraser rivers. I currently work as the Lands Coordinator for the Kanaka Bar Indian Band where I have grown to understand the importance of water, land, and its resources and how necessary it is to govern them in a sustainable way. I am proud to have the opportunities to gather foods and medicines, speak our language and enjoy what life has to offer an indigenous person. As a new member for FBC’s Youth Committee I hope to implement my knowledge and experiences within youth programs, environmental monitoring and climate activism in a way that best suits the better interests of our other youth alongside our Fraser River.

Coralee Miller

Thompson-Okanagan Representative

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My name is Coralee Miller. I am an Okanagan/ syilx woman and a member of the Westbank First Nation. I am currently working towards completing my BFA at UBCO.

Currently, I work as a museum assistant at the sncewips heritage museum. I love to meet new people and provide tours sharing our rich history as a people who have lived here since time immemorial.

I love my job because it allows me to utilize my artistic skills in exhibition planning and share my culture through art and the oral stories that I hold dear.
Listening to oral stories and conversations with family and community members are important as they have experienced how our land has changed so much with de forestation, water channeling and the increase of population which has brought on a very noticeable change in environment especially with our wildlife. I am happy to be a part of the FBC youth advisory committee.