Kelsey Santarossa is a Councillor for the Municipality of Lakeshore, Ontario. She is a long-time community and youth advocate and committed to inclusivity and ensuring that everyone has the appropriate opportunities and outlets to have their voices heard. She studied Modern Languages and Political Science at the University of Windsor and now works as a community engagement coordinator for a workforce and community development organization in Windsor. It was Kelsey’s experience as a youth councillor that led to her passion for politics and sparked the idea for YCC.
Jacey Silvaggi is a CPA, CA with approximately 6 years of progressive experience providing accounting and assurance services to a range of clients from individuals to industries including tech, not-for-profits, charities, manufacturing and professionals. As an avid traveller, he has seen the impact youth can have in communities across the globe. Jacey is a supporter for early education and practical learning that prepares youth to lead healthy and productive lives.
Katie Renaud is an active community member with a background in research, human resources, and data analysis. She holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has a passion for politics at all levels and is excited to work to ensure youth are engaged in civic decision-making and the community through youth councils.
Frederic Diebel hails from the small town of Nairn Centre, Ontario. At the age of 18, he decided to run for a council seat in his hometown. He was elected and later appointed Deputy Mayor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Canadian Politics from Carleton University. In September 2021, he began at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Frederic is excited to be a member of the YYC and help with youth involvement in any level of politics.
Frazier Fathers is a double master’s graduate with a M.A. from the University of Windsor and a M.P.P. from the University of Michigan. He currently resides in Windsor, Ontario through hails from Tillsonburg. Frazier is currently working as a freelance researcher, and previously worked as a policy analyst, researching challenges individuals and families face in Windsor and Essex County. You can catch Frazier blogging, podcasting (Council Conversations), and caring for his pup Izzy.
Sam Dalo is a MA grad in Political Science with a focus on restructuring civic education in Ontario. Her major research project work has focused on the need to include noncognitive skill development to encourage meaningful community and civic engagement in order to improve future voter turnout. Sam continues to find ways to positively participate in her communities, as a first-generation Armenian, Assyrian and Chaldean, where she can actively practice anti-aggression and anti-aggression. Sam is the driving force and the inspiration for the Hour for Hour Challenge!
Meredith Staveley-Watson is working as a municipal advisor at the Government of Ontario. She previously worked for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario as a Policy Analyst, where supported the development of the Youth Fellowship program. Meredith has a MA Public Administration and has an extensive resume as a policy analyst and municipal engagement advocate.