We envision a Vancouver where youth are actively involved in the planning, shaping, and decision-making of their city. We believe that a city that includes youth is one that is resilient, sustainable and livable for current generations and many generations to come. This vision of a city is a place where young people want to stay and feel that they can have a direct impact.
Co-Founder and Co-Director
Veronika is an engagement innovator, community builder and sustainability strategist. A lifelong Vancouverite, she is passionate about creating more sustainable, liveable cities and amplifying the meaningful engagement of citizens, particularly youth, in addressing urban challenges.
Veronika completed her BSc in Global Resource Systems at UBC, with a specialization in Urban Sustainability, Policy and Planning. Her experience includes working in Sustainability Education Facilitation with Metro Vancouver, Student Sustainability Engagement at UBC, and in Environmental Assessment with Environment and Climate Change Canada, and as a Director at Co-Design Engage, which leads participatory design processes in city planning. She was awarded as a Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist in Canada in 2015, has delivered a TEDxYouth talk on Urban Sustainability and was a Social Innovation Fellow at RADIUS SFU. Veronika is currently a Commissioner on the Vancouver City Planning Commission and Board Member for CityStudio Vancouver. Veronika is an outdoor enthusiast, avid cyclist and can often be found on Vancouver’s seawall.
Co-Founder and Co-Director
Tesicca Truong is a sustainability activist, a serial changemaker, and an engagement innovator. Her passions lie at the intersection of youth empowerment, citizen engagement and resilience building. She kick-started Vancouver Youth4Tap, a city-wide movement to promote tap over bottled water and co-founded the Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference. She has served on the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force, the Simon Fraser Student Society, SFU Senate, and as board chair of Sustainable SFU. For her work, she was awarded both the President’s Leadership in Sustainability Award from SFU and Vancouver’s Greenest City Leadership Award in 2015. Tesicca has also been named on Corporate Knight’s Top 30 Sustainability Leaders under 30 in 2016, the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Top 30 under 30 in 2016, and twice on the Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist in 2013 and 2014.
Youth Hub Coordinator and Communications Strategist
Claire Crowther is an urban nerd and sustainability systems-thinker driven by connections with ambitious and engaged individuals. With her degree in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia, Claire is dedicated to building vibrant, resilient and regenerative cities. She has been the Team Leader of the UBC Emerging Green Builders, and interned with UBC’s Sustainable Building Science Program as well as the UBC Sustainability Initiative. With CityHive, Claire loves sharing the stories of not only our projects, but also the initiatives that youth are spearheading across the city.
Azlan Nur Saidy is an urbanist and health promotion advocate who is driven by a curiosity of the intersection between city planning, health and sustainability. With a degree in Health Sciences from Simon Fraser University, Azlan is passionate about creating well-connected, inclusive and engaged cities. He has been a research assistant at CityStudio, helping to create outdoor learning opportunities in Vancouver’s city parks. He is currently a research coordinator at SFU’s CoHeaRT lab, where he helps study how socio-economic factors and the urban built environment can affect population health. At CityHive, Azlan gets excited by bringing together youth from diverse backgrounds together to co-create projects that have a meaningful impact in the cities in which they live.
Community and Communications Coordinator
Michaela is a proud (and passionate) generalist and has developed her diverse skill-set by involving herself in a variety of sectors and community groups. She was shaped by her childhood as an active performer in the Lower Mainland’s theatre and music scene, as well as her involvement in multiple competitive sports in Port Moody. Steadfast in her refusal to narrow interests, Michaela completed her undergraduate education at Quest University Canada, an interdisciplinary liberal arts and science school that proved extremely formative. There, Michaela studied education, political science, media, and critical theory, and designed and implemented a social-emotional learning workshop for youth at the YMCA for her senior thesis. She also wrote and edited for the school news magazine, participated as one of ten fellows for Discourse Media’s Possible Canadas 2015 project, acted as secretary for student government, and convened a voter engagement working group for the 2017 provincial election. In the past year, Michaela has worked as an Executive Assistant for Open Door Group and a facilitator at Educo Adventure School and the JUMP! Foundation, and was a proud 2018 RADIUS Fellowship member. She is delighted to bring her energy to the exciting, evolving CityHive team!
Leah’s passions lie in the intersection of technology and politics, leveraging tech for public good. She co-organizes Civic Tech Vancouver, a community of policymakers, technologists, and citizens working together to understand local issues and address them through technology. Previously she directed a national non-profit called Student Voice Initiative, lobbying education policymakers across Canada to establish Student Trustee positions on local school boards to ensure that students had an official seat at the policymaking table. As part of her work, she has advised and consulted for numerous politicians and community leaders on youth engagement and digital initiatives, contributing to her hypothesis that greater civic engagement leads to healthier societies. Currently she serves as a Member of the City of Vancouver’s Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee and as Curator of the Vancouver Hub of the Global Shapers Community. Leah is a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, Social Innovation Fellow at RADIUS SFU, and recipient of the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership.
Kyle is a civic engagement specialist with a masters degree from Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management. He is a team lead with Thoughtexchange (www.thoughtexchange.com) and the co-founder of The Starfish Canada (www.thestarfish.ca). Kyle hopes to bring guidance and mentorship to CityHive as the program grows and develops into a common source for youth engagement in Canadian cities. In his spare time, Kyle likes to swim, run and cycle (although has yet to attempt a triathlon).
Alan is a keen intrapreneur with an eye for good questions and a lens for systems thinking. Raised in Vancouver and educated in Montreal, he embodies a gentle masculinity and an anti-oppressive approach in his interactions, politics, and work.
Alan’s pool of working experience comes from his time with McGill University’s sustainability community. Having completed a B.A.Sc. in Sustainability and Urban Systems, his personal diary of initiatives includes chapters on a leading a student-led placemaking group, living in an urban sustainability collective, as well as sitting on a committee to help seed-fund community-led sustainability initiatives on campus (all, he’d like to add, on rollerblades). In recognition of his efforts, Alan was awarded with the McGill University Emerald Key Catalyst Award in 2015 and was named onto the Corporate Knight’s 2016 Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Champions in Canada List as well.
Currently, Alan works as an excitable assistant social planner with the City of Vancouver on the Vancouver Immigration Partnership, as well as a Program Liaison with Growing Chefs!
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