Kesha’s background is in community development, support and youth empowerment and she’s passionate about the way in which these converge in the field of social work. Kesha is a recent graduate of the social work program at Algonquin College and will continue her education at Carleton University for a bachelor in social work.
Kesha supports YAN because. “Ottawa has amazing youth who are creative, brilliant and impactful who need a platform to be vocal about the aspiration they hope for the Ottawa community.”
Paige Kezima spent her childhood on a farm on Treaty 4 territory in rural Saskatchewan. She moved to Regina in 2008 to pursue post-secondary education. While pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a certificate in Public Relations, Paige was elected as the Vice-President of External Affairs for the University of Regina Students’ Union. She moved to Ottawa in 2017.
Professionally, Paige has worked as a community organizer in the labour movement for the past number of years, helping create and implement campaigns for both federal and provincial elections and develop relationships with members and other stakeholders. Currently, she works with the non-profit organization Equal Voice, whose mandate focuses on getting more women elected at all levels of government in Canada.
Paige is also passionate about mental health advocacy and has had personal pieces published in The Mighty and Sick Not Weak. She volunteered for the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan’s Partnership Program where she shared her experience living with a mental illness.
Paige has a love for cats, politics, and homemade perogies.
Paige uses the pronouns she/her.
Samar El Faki
Samar El Faki (she/her) is an adamant feminist and youth advocate. Samar has been involved in many youth and social justice initiatives both in her professional and educational life. Samar’s main passions include mental health advocacy and social justice.
Chris has worked in various capacities with non-profits and NGOs for more than 30 years. He completed an undergraduate degree in International Development and then an MEd. in Critical Pedagogy and Cultural Studies before shifting from International work to Community Development here in Ottawa. For the past 2 decades, Chris has been working with the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and currently acts as the Team Leader for the Community Development and Engagement team. Active in anti-oppression and health equity work, Chris is involved in a variety of initiatives locally in Ottawa.
About 15 years ago, he met Paul while serving on the Board of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. His work in Old Ottawa East also overlapped with initiatives that Julia was leading. Chris is excited and inspired by the promise of Youth Action Now and is a supportive volunteer.