Jamshed is a 2nd year student at Simon Fraser University in the faculty of International Studies. He lives, breathes and is inspired by the “post-cardesque” city of North Vancouver. As a lifetime lover of music, Jamshed is most happy when playing his guitar, violin and ukelele with friends. Jamshed hopes to fuze his love for music and International development into a career in the near future.
Suzanne Siemens and Madeleine Shaw are longtime business partners, social entrepreneurs and award-winning green business leaders. They are the co-founders of Lunapads International, a small business specializing in eco friendly, body-positive alternatives to disposable feminine hygiene products as well as Pads4Girls, a social change initiative that supports education for girls in developing nations.
In January of 2012 Madeleine and Suzanne traveled to Uganda to learn more about the relationship between hygiene and education for girls, as well as seeing how some leading-edge social enterprises are using market-driven approaches to addressing developing world needs.
An entrepreneurial tour-de-force. Devon co-founded Blo Blow Dry Bar, a first of it’s kind franchise concept, born from her second year University project, which has grown to 19 locations across North America. At 25, she is the Canadian Youth Business Foundation’s youngest ever mentor. Devon’s been dubbed ‘The Business Mind’ as one of Canada’s Top 13 Bright Young Things in FLARE magazine, has been named ‘Hot 20 Under 30’ by Chatelaine Magazine for their 2011 Women of the Year Awards and represented Canada as 1 of 30 delegates at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit in Nice, France this past Fall. Canada’s National Post called her “an adventuress and big-picture-thinker [who]…doesn’t cut corners”.
Tony Wu — Playing his first trumpet note in the seventh grade, Tony knew it would become a lifelong love affair. Within two years of that first note, he switched from concert band to jazz as the technique and improvisation element intrigued him. With support from jazz teacher and mentor Ms. Balchen, Quartet Jazz was created. Playing for the community alongside his friends is a pastime Tony cherishes daily.
Adam Xiao — At the age of 4, Adam began his musical studies with the classical piano. As a result of his continuous efforts, he even achieved an ARCT performance level. As part of his elementary school band program, Adam learned to play the alto saxophone. Finding much success with this, he opted for the jazz band elective for first year high school. He credits his band teacher Ms. Balchen for introducing to him to the beauty of jazz music in addition to her continued support.
Derek Chan — From Burnaby, British Columbia, Derek is a lover of music, karate and outdoor exploration. At the age of 6, Derek first learned to play piano. Since then, he has also learned to play guitar, trumpet and bass guitar for his high schools jazz band. Lover of all live music, you can often find Derek catching or simply in his basement playing music with his friends. His favorite musicians vary in genres and include Miles Davis, Nobuo Uematsu, Said the Whale and Taylor Swift.
Florian Zhou — A grade twelve student and a 5-year music program participant, Florian most enjoys playing his guitar. Grateful and fortunate for having met his talented counterparts, Florian relishes in performing within the community as a self-organized student ensemble. His love for music does not go unnoticed and as a result he hopes to raise awareness in the potential music has to create change.
Veronika is a passionate 17-year-old who is determined to make a positive difference in the world around her! After changing schools for a yearlong Outdoor and Environmental Education Program in grade 10, Veronika became passionate about sustainability and since then has dedicated herself to spreading awareness and taking action for the environment. She loves to learn and believes in turning knowledge into action; she co-created an innovative youth conference, Plan-It Earth, about urban sustainability in 2010 and 2011, and works with Metro Vancouver to make schools across the region greener. Veronka’s hobbies include photography, sports, learning cheesy jokes, and biking along the Vancouver seawall.
Selin is an insatiably curious high school student from Coquitlam, BC, passionate about social and environmental justice. She likes exploring ways to engage people and solve problems through spoken word poetry, animation, and projects at the intersection of science, art and technology. She is involved in a food security project at her high school, the effort to make Antarctica the first carbon neutral continent, and the organization of TEDxKids@BC. Selin recently returned from an environmental expedition to Antarctica, and shares thoughts about her experiences on her blog, selinjessa.tumblr.com.
Age 18, Haley is currently living in Abbotsford, British Columbia and will soon be attending the University of Victoria. Growing up in a family with diverse musical influences there has always been a passion for exploring different genres of music and forms of making music. Haley knows how to play the piano and over the years, has been picking up the skill of playing the guitar. With learning how to play the guitar Haley found great amusement in learning her favorite songs and doing covers of those songs with her own spin. Haley’s first performance in front of an audience was in 2011 in her school’s yearly singing completion “Yale Idol”. Today Haley continues to cover her favorite songs finding great enjoyment sharing with people every opportunity she gets.
Colin Fehr is a young artist and youth arts activist from Port Moody, BC. Outside of his involvement with school and community theatre programs, Colin takes guitar and songwriting lessons, and is very involved in the student filmmaking scene. He is the founder and president of a youth performing arts organization, known as GOLIATH Performing Arts. Between GOLIATH and some of his other projects, Colin has been commended for his high level of professionalism and passion in his work, and is always eager to hear about what local young artists are up to.
Raiya Jessa is a fourteen-year-old student who enjoys riding her bike, going online, and spending time with her family. Most of all, she loves feeling motivated and inspired. Last year she submitted her video ‘Women as Agents of Change’ to an international video competition and received the Silver Award. Now, currently in her grade nine year, she is hoping to show people how women are extremely valuable resources who are often not tapped on enough. Because of the past and present, it is proven that women are agents of change, and through her film Raiya hopes to convey this important message.
Tiana Jung is a fourteen year old who lives and breathes the arts! This passionate love of hers has granted her lead roles in many productions, scholarships and awards at competitions, various performance opportunities, such as at the YVR airport, Golden Spikes Day, and at the PNE. She is so proud of her many accolades which include: The Most Promising Junior Voice at the Kiwanis Music Festival three years consecutively, placing 2nd in the Port Moody Idol 2010, and a scholarship to the Triple Threat Convention 2011. Tiana is dedicated to pursuing her dreams of becoming a professional performing artist!
Violeta Patrich is a grade 12 student at Dr. Charles Best Secondary. She is passionate about all kinds of art, but mainly photography. She likes taking photographs that offer people a perspective on different conceptions by creating elaborate stories and bringing together props, costumes, make up, paint, models and anything else that would make her story come to life. She likes to do this because the images are not only interesting to the viewer but also provoke thought.
Siena Locher-Lo is a Dr. Charles Best student in grade 12. Her passion is representing “feeling” through paintings, illustrations, sculptures and digital medias. Her art always features living things, especially human beings, because the expression and the movement of the figure are ideal for projecting emotion. She aspires to one day be capable of influencing the viewer to the extent of feeling joy, despair, inspiration, etc. In her opinion, being able to appreciate all your emotions, even the “bad” ones, is very important to happiness overall.