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Being Our Future was created as a way to engage youth in politics and social issues, with the goal of creating a positive change in their community.
Being Our Future features a blog where readers have the opportunity to write articles, a section to feature inspiring youth, as well as an opportunity page for youth to find engaging programs, services, and awards!
Hello! My name is Ainsley Jeffery, a 17-year-old student from London, Ontario! I am extremely passionate about youth engagement, especially in politics.
Currently, my main extra-curricular include serving as Ward 10 London Youth Advisory Councillor, project lead of the London West Constituency Youth Council, a youth advocate with Plan Canada, member of Pillar Non-profits Change the World council, and my school's Student Council President.
I am an alum of various programs such as Forum for Young Canadians, National Student Commonwealth Forum, Girl's Belong Here with Plan Canada, the UN’s Youth Assembly.
Hello! My name is Nunu Mequanint and I am a 16 year old student from Canada! I joined Being Our Future as I thought that it was an amazing way to encourage youth activism and keep youth knowledgeable about their own community.
Currently, I am a Ward 12 London Youth Advisory Councillor, president of my school's debate and environmental club, creator of the London Public Library's Beyond The Book book club, and volunteer frequently with the LPL.
I hope to be able to use my position as an event coordinator to help facilitate events to inspire, engage, and excite youth about activism, politics, and community involvement.
Director of Events
Hello! My name is Erica Butler and I am a grade 11 student from London, Ontario. I am passionate about education, equity, and politics. Right now, I am most interested in menstrual equity and school culture.
At school, I am heavily involved in both our social justice department, as well as our music department. I have helped organize and execute a variety of fundraisers and events for local and global organizations. I have also lead lessons at my school, as well as at elementary feeder schools, on topics such as empathy, bullying, equity, and gender equality. I represent my school at the TVDSB office and I debate on the Model United Nations team. On my music side, I am vice president of music council, and I play in our senior concert band, senior jazz band, and brass choir.
I am so excited to be a part of the Being Our Future team and have the opportunity to connect with and educate incredible youth. We rise by lifting others.
Hey! My name is Safiyah, and I’m a first-year Journalism student at Carleton University. I’m a storyteller at heart, and I’m all about youth involvement and female empowerment!
I’m currently involved with my Mayor’s youth council, the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, where I’m working towards improving relations between the police and radicalized youth.
I’m also a speaker’s bureau member at Plan International Canada, where I’ve had the opportunity to take part in and contribute to so many incredible causes. At my school, I write for the University newspaper, and am a member of a few different clubs, including Journalists for Human Rights and the Muslim Students Association.
Social Media Director
Hi! My name is Bela Sharma. I am a 19 year old first-year student at Western University, and I am enrolled in the political science program. I am also the first year Delegate for the Western Political Science Association, and a member of the London West Youth Council.
I am extremely passionate about social justice and politics, and I hope to pursue a future in the field of law. I want to use my passion to help more youth become engaged in the political world and increase their knowledge on social issues in Canada and around the world.
Event and Social Media Co-Ordinator
Hi! My name is Charlotte and I am a 16-year-old student from Nova Scotia. I am passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals - specifically #5, Gender Equality, and #4, Quality Education - and youth engagement.
I serve as Secretary for both Students Council and Music Executive; President of the Me to We and Championship for Change club; accompany the school Choir; a percussionist for Senior Concert Band; and I am a member of several youth-focused advocacy organizations, such as Jack.Org, The 3% Project, Environment, and Interact club.
I am actively involved with my community through playing music for senior homes, volunteering, a member of the local market’s Zero Waste Team, performing musical
acts with my sisters and my school, playing first violin at Acadia University’s Orchestra, and am a children’s computer mentor for a computer science coding cohort! I am also a Speaker’s Bureau member with Plan International Canada and a Canadian Model United Nations ambassador.