After more than six years with YPI Canada, I am moving on from my position as National Program Director to explore a new adventure with RBC’s Future Launch program. There, I will continue to work in service of positive youth development through programming, partnerships and grant-making that prepare young people to have successful and fulfilling careers in today’s global economy.
Speaking of successful and fulfilling careers …
My time with YPI has been incredible in so many ways. I have endless gratitude for the opportunity I have had to contribute to a mission that is deeply inspiring to me, through work that I have truly enjoyed, and with people that I have come to love. In my new adventures, I look forward to supporting young people to find joy and purpose in work and to define their own professional success, as I have done at YPI and hope to continue to do in the future.
I extend a huge thank you for the dedication, passion, support, and inspiration to everyone that has been part of my journey with YPI. There are so many of you.
I’m especially grateful to the students I have met over the years who have grounded me in the work I do behind the scenes. I’ve experienced few things more humbling than being with a group of high school students and experiencing that the work I contribute to resonates with them. I often think of my own time in school and how disengaged and disconnected from community I felt. I know that YPI will continue to create opportunities for youth to feel connected and that their engagement is impactful, meaningful, and worthwhile.
This is me in grade 10, concerned most with showing the world that I was way too cool to care about anything.
In closing, a promise and an invitation
As I move forward on a new path in the social impact sector, I commit to continuing to learn and unlearn about power and oppression as we have started to do as a team at YPI and as an organization (you can read about some of my learning in this post); to examining my unearned privilege and to leveraging it in support of equity whenever possible; and to looking for justice-based solutions to the root causes that our work seeks to address.
I invite you to be a critical friend on this journey: Call me in when I am not upholding this promise; hold me accountable to making safer spaces for BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ youth, colleagues, and partners with intersecting identities.
I have so many memories and have worked with so many amazing people through YPI. Here are just a few of them that are extra super special to me <3
Me and Holly being VERY SILLY while getting SO MUCH WORK done in our then-new office on Dovercourt Rd.
One of my favourite YPI memories: In March 2020, just before the pandemic, we celebrated the milestone of having granted $10M through youth decision-making and advocacy at MidSun School in Calgary, AB. Shout-out to Anna Trip, then-YPI Lead there who supported us to pull off an amazing event.
My amazing colleague Noor’s first day fell on my fifth YPI work anniversary. Noor has taught me so much. Dear friend and former colleague Sneha, on the right, has been an important part of my YPI journey, too.
Steve (up close and personal), who helped to onboarded me in 2015, and from L-R: YPI ED extraordinaire Holly, sweet former teammate Dave, YPI’s amazing founder and board chair Julie, the fantastically smart and multi-talented Rachel, my cute baby daughter Mara Moo, me, and one of Julie’s lovely sons Alex.