- University of Waterloo - Honours arts and business
I am passionate about empowering young people to find and share their opinions on their own health states. We want to help change our communities for the better!
With more than 600 public talks under my belt, including 2 TEDx talks and a Keynote at World Youth Day 2014, I have found my voice. I work to create meaningful change with and for youth. As one of the young ambassadors for AstraZeneca’s Young Health Program (YHP) as well as other organizations such as mindyourmind, Stella's Place and Talklife I have engaged youth in a discussion about health. The response is amazing. Youth all over the world wanted their voices to be heard, and while their issues were unique, they were saying the same thing. We aren’t being heard. Through my work, we take these voices, the opinions and thoughts of young people, and presented our findings to researchers, policy makers and leaders from around the world at the IAAH World Congress in June. We made sure that the voice of youth was heard. Now this concept of engaging youth in conversation about their health is on the radar. It’s one step towards change. It’s empowering. My favourite part of all this isn’t about the talks or the trips or the conferences. It’s about helping others. Even if they only ever tell me their story, they are telling someone.