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Youth Advisory Council

Plan International Canada’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is comprised of 10 young people aged 15 to 24 who are passionate about international development issues, and who want to make a lasting difference in both Plan International Canada and the world.

YAC members support Plan International Canada in a governance and advisory capacity, by offering a youth perspective regarding Plan’s organizational activities – including everything from youth engagement to marketing to finance to human resources and programming. YAC members are not expected to represent the voice of all Canadian youth, and instead are encouraged to communicate their own opinions as a young person and that of their perception of their community.

Purpose of the YAC:

In alignment with Plan International Canada’s commitment to improving the lives of children and youth, and rooted in the principles of youth advocacy and governance, the Youth Advisory Council’s purpose is to provide Plan International Canada with insight on diverse outreach strategies in order to represent and mobilize a national network of youth.

Our Mandate:

  • Enable young people to learn about and support Plan International Canada’s mission
  • Provide insight on innovative, diverse youth engagement and outreach strategies and opportunities across Canada
  • Advise Plan International Canada on effective youth integration in the organization
  • Assist in the implementation of youth projects and activities
  • Ensure the voice of youth is heard by decision makers at Plan International Canada and elsewhere
  • Connect youth across Canada by encouraging personal network building and personal friendships
  • Receive mentorship opportunities through the Youth Engagement team

How the YAC works:

As a group, the YAC focuses on the unique and diverse skill-sets of its members. Rather than dividing into working groups to accomplish tasks, the YAC collaborates together on all projects. Since each YAC member brings a different perspective, the YAC functions best when all members have an equal seat at the table. The YAC is connected to the Global Youth Advisory Panel, Plan International’s youth governing body. The YAC will contribute not only to Plan International Canada’s goals, but will also collaborate with young people on Youth Advisory Council’s across Plan International’s global network.

Role and Responsibilities of a YAC Member:

  • Works closely with fellow YAC members and Plan staff to provide input into youth-related resources and web content produced by Plan International Canada’s Youth Engagement team
  • Attend all monthly meetings held the first Sunday of each month at 8 PM EST (via Google Hangouts) and Quarterly meetings
  • May be expected to meet outside of the monthly YAC meetings (in person/via Google Hangout) to advise on or participate in Plan Youth projects, or projects which Plan supports
  • Participate in ad hoc special projects as they arise
  • Provide input to Plan’s work as an ambassador to your region of Canada
  • Help develop the agenda and facilitate workshops at the annual YAC orientation

Thank you for your interest in the Youth Advisory Council

Please note, applications for the 2017/18 year have now closed. Applications to apply to the YAC for the 2018/19 year will open in the Spring of 2018.
Thank you.


Austin is in his first year at the University of New Brunswick’s Renaissance College Faculty pursuing a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership and a minor in International Development. Throughout high school, Austin was an advocate for numerous issues and served as the president of his student council. He has been involved in public speaking, most notably placing third at the Canadian Parents for French National Concours d’art oratoire. As a first year university student, he is the treasurer on UNB’s SPRING program that partners university students with children who have special needs for weekly activities. Austin was awarded the Birks Medal for his community leadership and looks forward to working with Plan International Canada’s Youth Advisory Council as well as the Fredericton Constituency Youth Council and Fundy Royal Constituency Youth Council to act as a voice for fellow youth through leadership positions.

In his free-time, he enjoys both playing and officiating hockey and his passion for travelling has most recently brought him to Asempaneye, Ghana.

Position: Member


Breanne has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights from the University of Winnipeg. She is currently a first year law student at McGill University. As well as being a member of Plan International Canada’s Youth Advisory Council, Breanne is also a member of Plan International’s Global Youth Advisory Panel. Breanne became involved with Plan International Canada in 2010 through Because I am a Girl. She has facilitated several Because I am a Girl Clubs, hosted Pink LemonAid stands, and coordinated events for International Day of the Girl. She is passionate about the rights of children, gender equality, and youth governance.

Position: Chair


Cara completed her Hon. B.A. in Economics and Asia-Pacific Studies at Trinity College at the University of Toronto, and this year she has returned to pursue her M.A. in Economics. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she worked at TD Securities as a Global Operations Leadership Associate. Cara became involved with Plan International Canada in high school, and since then has had the privilege of participating in child rights conferences, as well as representing Plan International Canada at the 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland. Cara is fluent in French and was awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship to pursue her Mandarin studies in Beijing, China for one year. She is currently co-leading a research initiative with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and has conducted research at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Most recently, her team was awarded a grant to study the democratization process in Yangon, Burma.

Outside of academic life, Cara enjoys traveling and running marathons.

Position: Youth Board Advisor


Christina is a second year undergraduate student studying Business at the University of Alberta. She is actively involved in youth engagement programs in her community and believes that a lack of response to an issue highlights room for advancement through education and social entrepreneurship. Christina has been involved with Rotary, helping to organize numerous school and community-wide fundraisers. She had the opportunity to take part in a three-year partnership with the Belize Literacy Program to promote literacy, safe child play, and community rejuvenation through playground builds. After her trip to Belize, she was inspired to research how early childhood literacy impacted crime rates and poverty in Canada. Her involvement as a Page at the Alberta Legislature helped her gain an insight on how public voice shapes sustainable policy making.

She is excited to collaborate with the members of the Youth Advisory Council to bring interdisciplinary approaches to initiatives on health, education, and gender equality in both the local and international community

Position: Member


Christopher is currently in his 2nd year in the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto. Christopher first joined Plan International Canada as a member of the Youth Advisory Council and is now proceeding into his third year with the Council. Christopher has always been heavily involved in youth advocacy, being the President of his school’s Student Administrative Council and the 1st year board representative on the Engineering Society Board of Directors. As an engineering student, Christopher has always been extremely interested in science and math and is applying his skills into social engineering with his tech start-up. He also strives to represent the youth voice in Canada at the board level and increase the opportunities and potential for youth to demonstrate their excellence and capabilities.

Christopher loves to rock climb and boulder despite his fear for heights!

Position: Board Advisor


Damanpreet is currently in her third year of the Marketing Management Bachelor of Business Administration program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her passions include philanthropy, event planning, volunteering and marketing communications. She has been involved with Plan International Canada since high school where she first learned about her passion for women’s rights and education equality. Through her years involved with Plan International Canada, she has started two Because I Am Girl Clubs, donated various Gifts of Hope and planned and initiated a fundraiser that collected over 22,600 pencils to donate to Plan International’s school partners! Damanpreet is excited to utilize her role as a member of the YAC to bring forth her expertise in the non-profit world and her enthusiasm for the organization. Her mantra when it comes to volunteering is Margort Mead’s famous quote, “Never doubt that a small group of passionate likeminded individuals can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” And Damanpreet has a strong feeling that the Youth Advisory Council will be no different.

Position: Member


Patricia is currently completing her Double Major in Human Rights and Honours in Political Science as well as a minor in Sociology at the University of Winnipeg. Patricia is extremely passionate about the lived rights of women and has developed a particular interest in international law. Patricia is trilingual (English, Polish, French) and she is culturally enriched by traveling to numerous countries around the world. While attending the University of Winnipeg Collegiate, Patricia won the 'Student Faculty Award' and she has been involved with many clubs and initiatives.

In her spare time, Patricia relishes gastronomy and spending time with those she holds dear.

Position: Member


Rohan is currently in his final year of High School in Mississauga and the youngest member of Plan International Canada’s Youth Advisory Council. As a first generation immigrant with strong connections to his roots, Rohan makes it a point to visit his native India often and believes these trips have been fundamental in nurturing his interest in global development issues, in particular problems relating to economic and environmental sustainability. Rohan joins the YAC with a variety of leadership experiences in both his school and community. Some of these positions include President of his school’s DECA chapter which trains students in public speaking and business skills as well as the President of his riding’s Politics club, which encourages young men and women to be actively engaged in the political process and serves as a youth voice to the local Member of Parliament.

In his free time, Rohan enjoys volunteering at his church running programs for youth, improvising/composing on the piano, playing badminton and creative writing. Rohan feels Plan International Canada’s Youth Advisory Council will be a perfect outlet to showcase his passion and will provide him the opportunity to be a voice for youth regarding international development. By the end of his term at Plan International Canada, Rohan hopes to have been able to make a concrete difference in the organization and encourage more young people to get involved in the exemplary work it is doing to empower young women and men like themselves, around the world.

Position: Member


Roshni is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Political Science and minoring in French Studies at York University. As a recipient of the York University President’s Scholarship, she is committed to building a strong academic community within her university through her involvement in a variety of peer mentorship and workshop facilitating roles, as well as promoting social justice and advocating on behalf of a variety of human rights causes. She is especially passionate about international development, gender equality and education. Along with her involvement with Plan International Canada as a member of the Because I am a Girl Speaker’s Bureau and the Youth Advisory Council, Roshni is also an active supporter and volunteer for Amnesty International. After working at one of Canada’s largest law firms for the past two summers, Roshni, upon graduation, hopes to pursue her dream of attending Osgoode Hall Law School.

Roshni is a huge Harry Potter fan. She has read all the books and watched all the movies multiple times, and she has visited both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Orlando within weeks of their respective opening dates in 2010 and 2014.

Position: Member


Shrida holds a MSc in Rehabilitation Science and a BSc (Honors) in Neuroscience degrees from the University of Alberta. Her involvement with Plan International Canada started when she was on the Because I am a Girl Speakers Bureau, where she was inspired to engage and learn more about gender inequality issues. A huge proponent of health-based initiatives, she also co-founded the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation Initiative at the University of Alberta, a student group that strived to advocate for digestive health research and preventative measures as well as raise awareness on the importance of digestive health. She was further inspired to explore her interest in the differences in healthcare across the world through her trip as a healthcare volunteer in Fiji, supporting various outreach and community programs. She was on the executive team for the University of Alberta’s Women in Science and Engineering student group that supports women and men in underrepresented fields including science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

With her involvement with the Youth Advisory Council, she looks forward to ignite and inspire new conversations amongst youth on international development issues that involve so many young lives worldwide, including here at home.

Position: Member


Tony is a first year student at Western University, pursuing a dual degree in medical sciences and business. He firmly believes that youth have immense potential to impact their communities, with access to adequate resources, but recognizes a lack of equality in resource allocation related to gender, social class, and age. With this mindset, Tony has worked extensively on providing opportunities for youth of all backgrounds by engaging locally with community centres, nationally with young girls in the Special Olympics Program, and internationally at youth and development centres and orphanages in China. Alongside youth empowerment, Tony also advocates for sustainable development, having extensively researched alternative food-sources such as entomophagy, cultured meat, and biotechnology. Tony enjoys public speaking, and has served as a master of ceremonies for events such as panels for indigenous affairs and political debates, fundraisers for natural disasters and more. Tony is also passionate about music, playing multiple instruments and competing at the national level for many years. In his free time, he enjoys making music covers on YouTube [TonyLiMusic].

Position: Member

Want to join the YAC? Here’s what we’re looking for:

YAC Qualifications:

The following is a list of criteria we’re looking for in YAC members.

  • Must be 15 to 21 years old at the time of application
  • Must commit to a three year term
  • Previous involvement or interest with Plan International Canada, other international development organizations, or other charities/local community programs
  • Demonstrates interest in at least one area of Plan’s departmental work (i.e. fundraising, finance, community/youth engagement, marketing, communications, brand, etc.).
  • Experience and/or interest in program development and management, international development, advocacy, and especially governance
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Resides in Canada
  • Available to participate in the YAC annual summer orientation in Toronto

Note: Plan International Canada will cover any travel and accommodation costs within Canada deemed necessary to attend the orientation.