Young Canadians Roundtable on Health

Young Canadians Roundtable on Health A youth-lead team from across Canada, who are passionate to drive change for youth in Canada through research, collaboration, advocacy & empowerment!

An initiative of The Sandbox Project, the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH) was created in 2013 to empower the youth voice in matters of child and youth health. We are a youth lead team made up of 32 young people aged 15-30 from across Canada who provide leadership on issues impacting the present and future health of Canadian youth. Through research, discussion, independent initiatives and advocacy, the YCRH is taking action to make Canada the healthiest place for all children and youth to grow up. Working collaboratively with industry, government, research, health practitioners and families, the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health’s objectives are:

•To be Canada’s strong youth voice in all issues relating to child and youth health

•To lead youth in creating independent initiatives and policy proposals in the areas of injury prevention, mental health, growing healthy bodies, and the environment

•To create opportunities to support and educate Canadian youth - with the goal of improved quality of health in youth across the country

•To develop new relationships with individuals and organizations involved in youth health issues

•To generate national awareness of youth health initiatives

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Registration is now open for our upcoming webinar: Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-Being and Youth Employment! ...
06/17/2021

Registration is now open for our upcoming webinar: Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-Being and Youth Employment!

The focus will be on financial literacy, the advantages of budgeting, steps for good financial planning, youth employment programs, the impact COVID-19 has had on employment opportunities, and much more!

It will be taking place on Tuesday, June 29th at 6:30pm CST/7:30pm EST. Be sure to sign up at the link in our bio!

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0IY45OISS2-vHWg4eY-Lgw

Registration is now open for our upcoming webinar: Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-Being and Youth Employment!

The focus will be on financial literacy, the advantages of budgeting, steps for good financial planning, youth employment programs, the impact COVID-19 has had on employment opportunities, and much more!

It will be taking place on Tuesday, June 29th at 6:30pm CST/7:30pm EST. Be sure to sign up at the link in our bio!

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0IY45OISS2-vHWg4eY-Lgw

Registration is now open for our upcoming webinar: Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-Being and Youth Employment! ...
06/17/2021

Registration is now open for our upcoming webinar: Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-Being and Youth Employment!

The focus will be on financial literacy, the advantages of budgeting, steps for good financial planning, youth employment programs, the impact COVID-19 has had on employment opportunities, and much more!

It will be taking place on Tuesday, June 29th at 6:30pm CST/7:30pm EST. Be sure to sign up at the link below!

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0IY45OISS2-vHWg4eY-Lgw

Registration is now open for our upcoming webinar: Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-Being and Youth Employment!

The focus will be on financial literacy, the advantages of budgeting, steps for good financial planning, youth employment programs, the impact COVID-19 has had on employment opportunities, and much more!

It will be taking place on Tuesday, June 29th at 6:30pm CST/7:30pm EST. Be sure to sign up at the link below!

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0IY45OISS2-vHWg4eY-Lgw

Save the date! Our Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-being and Youth Employment webinar is coming up on June 29th...
06/08/2021

Save the date! Our Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-being and Youth Employment webinar is coming up on June 29th at 6:30p.m. CT/7:30 ET.

Stay tuned next week for registration!

Save the date! Our Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-being and Youth Employment webinar is coming up on June 29th at 6:30p.m. CT/7:30 ET.

Stay tuned next week for registration!

Save the date! Our Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-being and Youth Employment webinar is coming up on June 29th...
06/08/2021

Save the date! Our Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-being and Youth Employment webinar is coming up on June 29th at 6:30p.m. CT/7:30 ET.

Stay tuned next week for registration!

Save the date! Our Recovering from COVID-19: Financial Well-being and Youth Employment webinar is coming up on June 29th at 6:30p.m. CT/7:30 ET.

Stay tuned next week for registration!

Our monthly blog post is out! In this month’s post, outgoing Co-Executive Director of the YCRH, Umayangga Yogalingam (@u...
05/31/2021

Our monthly blog post is out! In this month’s post, outgoing Co-Executive Director of the YCRH, Umayangga Yogalingam (@umayangga) reflects on her time co-leading the YCRH over almost two years. Check out the link in our bio to read about how the YCRH has evolved and the exciting new initiatives in store!
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#Youth #YouthHealth #YouthAdvocacy #YouthEmpowerment #YouthEngagement

Our monthly blog post is out! In this month’s post, outgoing Co-Executive Director of the YCRH, Umayangga Yogalingam (@umayangga) reflects on her time co-leading the YCRH over almost two years. Check out the link in our bio to read about how the YCRH has evolved and the exciting new initiatives in store!
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#Youth #YouthHealth #YouthAdvocacy #YouthEmpowerment #YouthEngagement

Join YCRH Member Emily Chan (@emilyychan_) and Beatrice Hai (@beatricehai_) for a timely conversation on menstrual healt...
05/24/2021

Join YCRH Member Emily Chan (@emilyychan_) and Beatrice Hai (@beatricehai_) for a timely conversation on menstrual health for the upcoming International Day of Action for Women's Health. You wont want to miss it!

Join YCRH Member Emily Chan (@emilyychan_) and Beatrice Hai (@beatricehai_) for a timely conversation on menstrual health for the upcoming International Day of Action for Women's Health. You wont want to miss it!

The Young Canadians Roundtable on Health is joining @children1stca in declaring a #CodePINK. The pandemic is having a de...
05/19/2021

The Young Canadians Roundtable on Health is joining @children1stca in declaring a #CodePINK. The pandemic is having a devastating impact on children and youth health, especially those who are underserved. Governments must act NOW. Learn more: https://childrenfirstcanada.org/campaign/code-pink/

The Young Canadians Roundtable on Health is joining @children1stca in declaring a #CodePINK. The pandemic is having a devastating impact on children and youth health, especially those who are underserved. Governments must act NOW. Learn more: https://childrenfirstcanada.org/campaign/code-pink/

Applying and discussing tangible tools and actions to break barriers in youth sport, the Virtual Research to Practice Wo...
05/18/2021

Applying and discussing tangible tools and actions to break barriers in youth sport, the Virtual Research to Practice Workshops takes place on Friday, June 18th.

Hosted by the MLSE LaunchPad, be sure to register for part two here: https://eventbrite.ca/e/153695468283

Applying and discussing tangible tools and actions to break barriers in youth sport, the Virtual Research to Practice Workshops takes place on Friday, June 18th.

Hosted by the MLSE LaunchPad, be sure to register for part two here: https://eventbrite.ca/e/153695468283

An engaging panel discussion on gaps and inequities that 2020 has spotlighted in engagement is taking place on Friday, J...
05/17/2021

An engaging panel discussion on gaps and inequities that 2020 has spotlighted in engagement is taking place on Friday, June 11th. Hosted by the MLSE LaunchPad be sure to register for this exciting opportunity here: https://eventbrite.ca/e/153701213467

An engaging panel discussion on gaps and inequities that 2020 has spotlighted in engagement is taking place on Friday, June 11th. Hosted by the MLSE LaunchPad be sure to register for this exciting opportunity here: https://eventbrite.ca/e/153701213467

05/07/2021

We’re ending #NationalYouthWeek with a💥! We asked our members what they hoped to see for Canadian youth in the future! Travel across the country to find out what they said! What you do want to see for the future of Canadian youth? Let us know below👇🏾

Our last member spotlight of #NationalYouthWeek is Serena Celebre Feizi! Serena is a passionate and dynamic sport busine...
05/07/2021

Our last member spotlight of #NationalYouthWeek is Serena Celebre Feizi! Serena is a passionate and dynamic sport business professional, leader, physical literacy enthusiast, coach and cross-sectoral connector who is currently working as a Program Consultant, part of the Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat, in Toronto. During the pandemic she has been keeping busy with lots of baking and self care.

Serena has been part of the sport and recreation world for more than 8+ years with Sport programming, league coordination and experience coaching children and youth in soccer and additional sports to foster holistic development . She pursued her passion for sport and recreation by studying Kinesiology at the University of Toronto and then Sport Business Management at Humber College. She has worked for organizations such as City of Brampton (summer camps), University of Toronto Intramurals, Little Kickers, and Life Time Athletic in Vaughan. Through her studies and several years of experience, Serena discovered her passion for the field of Physical Literacy, Sport and Movement.

She is also a current sport program coach at MLSE Launchpad for youth facing barriers, which is a facility that uses sport to help youth facing barriers reach their potential. She is also a member of the Team Ontario Mission Staff to support Team Ontario’s participation at the 2022 Canada Games to be held in Niagara Falls.

Our last member spotlight of #NationalYouthWeek is Serena Celebre Feizi! Serena is a passionate and dynamic sport business professional, leader, physical literacy enthusiast, coach and cross-sectoral connector who is currently working as a Program Consultant, part of the Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat, in Toronto. During the pandemic she has been keeping busy with lots of baking and self care.

Serena has been part of the sport and recreation world for more than 8+ years with Sport programming, league coordination and experience coaching children and youth in soccer and additional sports to foster holistic development . She pursued her passion for sport and recreation by studying Kinesiology at the University of Toronto and then Sport Business Management at Humber College. She has worked for organizations such as City of Brampton (summer camps), University of Toronto Intramurals, Little Kickers, and Life Time Athletic in Vaughan. Through her studies and several years of experience, Serena discovered her passion for the field of Physical Literacy, Sport and Movement.

She is also a current sport program coach at MLSE Launchpad for youth facing barriers, which is a facility that uses sport to help youth facing barriers reach their potential. She is also a member of the Team Ontario Mission Staff to support Team Ontario’s participation at the 2022 Canada Games to be held in Niagara Falls.

It’s the last day of #NationalYouthWeek! We have a couple more members to spotlight. First up is Aimee Coles from Concep...
05/07/2021

It’s the last day of #NationalYouthWeek! We have a couple more members to spotlight. First up is Aimee Coles from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador! Aimee Coles is from St. John's, NL and holds a diploma in Community Recreation Leadership from the College of the North Atlantic, as well as a Bachelor of Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She holds the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) designation under NCTRC and is employed as a Recreation Technician with the Town of Paradise. Recently, Aimee worked with the Autism Society, Newfoundland and Labrador where she helped to spearhead a variety of inclusive initiatives and programming for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Aimee has had first hand experience and expertise developing programs and initiatives in a community setting and has since then furthered her scope into areas such as adaptive recreation and physical literacy.

Aimee has been a member of the YCRH since 2018 and has had the opportunity to collaborate on a variety of discussions and policy reviews, with the highlight being the Sandbox Summit 2019 in Toronto, ON.

Over the last few years, Aimee has been selected to attend national summits across Canada with organizations such as Motivate Canada, Youthful Cities and Jack.org to further advocate, collaborate and research various areas of public policy, social change and project planning. Since the pandemic hit, Aimee has been continuing to further her training within adaptive/inclusive fitness, as well as catching up on some novels that have been sitting in her Kobo library for way too long.

#Youth #YouthHealth #YouthAdvocacy #YouthEmpowerment #YouthEngagement #NationalYouthWeek

It’s the last day of #NationalYouthWeek! We have a couple more members to spotlight. First up is Aimee Coles from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador! Aimee Coles is from St. John's, NL and holds a diploma in Community Recreation Leadership from the College of the North Atlantic, as well as a Bachelor of Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She holds the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) designation under NCTRC and is employed as a Recreation Technician with the Town of Paradise. Recently, Aimee worked with the Autism Society, Newfoundland and Labrador where she helped to spearhead a variety of inclusive initiatives and programming for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Aimee has had first hand experience and expertise developing programs and initiatives in a community setting and has since then furthered her scope into areas such as adaptive recreation and physical literacy.

Aimee has been a member of the YCRH since 2018 and has had the opportunity to collaborate on a variety of discussions and policy reviews, with the highlight being the Sandbox Summit 2019 in Toronto, ON.

Over the last few years, Aimee has been selected to attend national summits across Canada with organizations such as Motivate Canada, Youthful Cities and Jack.org to further advocate, collaborate and research various areas of public policy, social change and project planning. Since the pandemic hit, Aimee has been continuing to further her training within adaptive/inclusive fitness, as well as catching up on some novels that have been sitting in her Kobo library for way too long.

#Youth #YouthHealth #YouthAdvocacy #YouthEmpowerment #YouthEngagement #NationalYouthWeek

Another day for a YCRH member spotlight! Meet Akosua Bonsu, the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health’s Director of Event...
05/06/2021

Another day for a YCRH member spotlight! Meet Akosua Bonsu, the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health’s Director of Events. By day she is a policy and program analyst with the Government of Manitoba, and currently calls Winnipeg, MB home. Fun fact: Akosua has travelled to nearly every continent on the globe, most recently crossing off South America with a solo trip to Peru in 2019!

Over the last several months, Akosua and a friend have been working diligently to launch an organization that brings together young Black professionals for career growth and business support. Its mission is to serve as a catalyst for change in how Canada’s young Black community values their potential and navigates the professional world. Akosua is keen on empowering Black youth and continues to emphasize the importance of representation in all spheres of society. She is also passionate about health policy and its effects (intended and otherwise) on access to healthcare. She has spearheaded health policy projects and advocated for fair, equitable healthcare for all youth in Canada, regardless of postal code.

In addition to being recognized as a YMCA-YWCA Young Woman of Distinction, University of Manitoba Emerging Leader, and CBC Manitoba Future 40 Under 40, Akosua was incredibly humbled to be selected as one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women for 2020. Of several hundred nominations, 100 powerful and trailblazing Black women from across the country were honoured for their social, educational, political, and professional accomplishments. These awards may have been presented to Akosua, but she has dedicated each one to those who taught her the value in working hard and carving her own path.

#Youth #YouthHealth #YouthAdvocacy #YouthEmpowerment #YouthEngagement #NationalYouthWeek

Another day for a YCRH member spotlight! Meet Akosua Bonsu, the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health’s Director of Events. By day she is a policy and program analyst with the Government of Manitoba, and currently calls Winnipeg, MB home. Fun fact: Akosua has travelled to nearly every continent on the globe, most recently crossing off South America with a solo trip to Peru in 2019!

Over the last several months, Akosua and a friend have been working diligently to launch an organization that brings together young Black professionals for career growth and business support. Its mission is to serve as a catalyst for change in how Canada’s young Black community values their potential and navigates the professional world. Akosua is keen on empowering Black youth and continues to emphasize the importance of representation in all spheres of society. She is also passionate about health policy and its effects (intended and otherwise) on access to healthcare. She has spearheaded health policy projects and advocated for fair, equitable healthcare for all youth in Canada, regardless of postal code.

In addition to being recognized as a YMCA-YWCA Young Woman of Distinction, University of Manitoba Emerging Leader, and CBC Manitoba Future 40 Under 40, Akosua was incredibly humbled to be selected as one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women for 2020. Of several hundred nominations, 100 powerful and trailblazing Black women from across the country were honoured for their social, educational, political, and professional accomplishments. These awards may have been presented to Akosua, but she has dedicated each one to those who taught her the value in working hard and carving her own path.

#Youth #YouthHealth #YouthAdvocacy #YouthEmpowerment #YouthEngagement #NationalYouthWeek

Today’s member spotlight features one of our newest members, Lia Mattacchione! Lia has been physically active throughout...
05/05/2021

Today’s member spotlight features one of our newest members, Lia Mattacchione! Lia has been physically active throughout her youth participating in a variety of individual and group activities and sports including kayaking, TaeKwonDo, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball and swimming. Her love for movement and health grew as she perused an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. After graduation, Lia became a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. She worked in a variety of clinical and community settings with older adults creating and implementing curated health and wellness programs as well as youth sport concussion testing and education, and coaching youth soccer. Lia continued her education and completed a Master of Professional Kinesiology from the University of Toronto.

Throughout this pandemic Lia has gained experience in web-development, content curation and social media management. Simultaneously, her current work with Healthy Debate broadened her knowledge regarding the intersection between our healthcare system, policy, and public health.

Lia is passionate about public policy and health promotion as well as the connectedness between technology and quality improvement of health initiatives. She is currently perusing a certificate program in coding and is interested in moving into policy work.

#Youth #YouthHealth #YouthAdvocacy #YouthEmpowerment #YouthEngagement #NationalYouthWeek

Today’s member spotlight features one of our newest members, Lia Mattacchione! Lia has been physically active throughout her youth participating in a variety of individual and group activities and sports including kayaking, TaeKwonDo, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball and swimming. Her love for movement and health grew as she perused an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. After graduation, Lia became a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. She worked in a variety of clinical and community settings with older adults creating and implementing curated health and wellness programs as well as youth sport concussion testing and education, and coaching youth soccer. Lia continued her education and completed a Master of Professional Kinesiology from the University of Toronto.

Throughout this pandemic Lia has gained experience in web-development, content curation and social media management. Simultaneously, her current work with Healthy Debate broadened her knowledge regarding the intersection between our healthcare system, policy, and public health.

Lia is passionate about public policy and health promotion as well as the connectedness between technology and quality improvement of health initiatives. She is currently perusing a certificate program in coding and is interested in moving into policy work.

#Youth #YouthHealth #YouthAdvocacy #YouthEmpowerment #YouthEngagement #NationalYouthWeek

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