Young Leaders Committee Ontario

UNHCR Canada is working with the Young Leaders Committee Ontario, a team of bright, young professionals to bring forward bold, innovative ideas and initiatives to help UNHCR Canada with our fundraising efforts for refugees. 

Each member offers their unique expertise in diverse sectors, enabling us to widen our reach by sharing refugee stories with supporters across the province. The team has expressed their passion and drive to inspire fellow Ontario residents to rally in support of refugees.

Learn more about our Young Leaders below.

You can make a donation in support of the YLC Ontario and UNHCR’s work around the world.

Meet the committee

Name: Amy Bilodeau

Role: Co-Chair

“I believe refugees are a vulnerable population that needs to be served and it is our responsibility as global citizens to do so.”

 With years in the non-profit sector, Amy brings insight and skills to the Canadian philanthropic landscape. She is the current director of Corporate Engagement at the Boys and Girls Club of Canada and has become keenly aware of the challenges for newcomers adjusting to life in Canada. A proud global citizen and advocate for children, Amy looks forward to taking a seat with other young professionals in the YLC.

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Name: Darius Sookram

Role: Co-Chair

“It’s our duty to provide a way forward for others who may not have had the same opportunities as us.”

Darius is no stranger to the transformative power of community action. As a board member of the City of Markham’s Race Relations Committee, Darius is committed to establishing inclusion and diversity to community practices so that refugees are able to reap all of the opportunities to succeed in Canada. His passion to help people and leadership network will aid the committee in their fundraising goals.

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Name: Ajandan (AJ) Sivam

Role: Committee Member

” No one earns the right to be born anywhere. That some people have access to more opportunities than others based on this cosmic lottery is a farce. That we go as far as to reinforce these disparities through policy is our planet’s great shame.”

Ajandan (AJ) Sivam knows what it feels like to create change from within the system, and he knows what it feels like to work towards these same goals as an outsider looking in. Between his political background in various Federal Ministeries including Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, and his history spearheading grassroots campaigns at the local and national level, AJ is intimately familiar with how to drive results in both contexts. He’s driven by a lifelong commitment to service leadership, community engagement, and inclusivity, and he brings his passion for these values, a wealth of overlapping experience, and creative expertise in digital media to this committee.

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Name: Angad Bedi

Role: Committee Member

“I wanted to make a difference and I wanted to ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in the world had the help and support they needed.”

 Angad brings experience from the International Criminal Court in the Hague where he learned about the devastating impact the gravest crimes known to man had on the less fortunate. Hearing the stories of people who worked in the field with refugees reignited a life-long passion for humanitarianism and justice. Now working with an award winning civil litigation boutique in Canada, Angad wishes to use his advocacy skills to make a difference for the world’s most vulnerable.

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Name: Mareike van Nieuwkoop

Role: Committee Member

“I want to be involved in helping provide concrete solutions to some of the current gaps in the system, particularly through the use of the law.”

Mareike brings on-the-ground experience working with refugees in Malawi and Rwanda. As a professional in international law, she spent a summer working with World University Services Canada in the Dzaleka Refugee Camp, aiding in the transition for refugee students resettling in Canada. After hearing their traumatic personal experiences, and witnessing the reality of the refugee experience, she’s dedicated herself to advocate for the forcibly displaced.

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Name: Natasha Milne

Role: Committee Member

“Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up”

Natasha’s passion for philanthropy drives her commitment to improving the lives of the most vulnerable. She is an avid volunteer – both within Canada and abroad – and an active leader in any community to which she belongs. Currently General Counsel at a Canadian corporation, Natasha brings to the committee a background in law and a keen interest in international affairs.

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Name: Numrah Irfan

Role: Committee Member

“Whether it’s your time, your voice, or your money, every contribution goes a long way to support the universal human right to seek a safe and better life”.

Numrah is an organizational change leader that strives to ensure purpose and create impact in her professional, social and community roles.  Having been part of local and global refugee support efforts, Numrah has been committed to raising awareness and contributing to fundraising of related causes in Canada and abroad. She brings experience in strategy design and program execution, along with strong record of delivering results, to support the YLC’s mission and mandate.

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The UNHCR Canada Young Leaders Committee of Ontario (YLC) is honored to announce the launch of our first annual corporate partnership with La Passion Boutique this World Refugee Day – June 20, 2021.

For every bookmark purchased from La Passion Boutique, CAD $3.00 will be donated to UNHCR Canada to support forcibly displaced people around the globe.

La Passion Boutique is a purpose-driven, refugee-owned business, supporting the most urgent humanitarian causes around the globe.

After leaving her home country due to persecution, Su, Founder of La Passion Boutique, has planted her roots in Toronto.  While attending York University, studying Human Rights and Equity Studies, Su has followed her creative and entrepreneurial spirit and founded La Passion Boutique in the height of a pandemic!

Su’s resilience and spirit are inspiring to all of us at YLC.  We are thrilled that Su is our first corporate partner for our new Annual Corporate Partner Program.  She is exactly the kind of entrepreneur and business owner we love to support.

“After all I’ve experienced, my ultimate goal is to leave the world in a better condition than I found it. UNHCR has helped me take the biggest step towards this goal.” – Su, Founder of La Passion Boutique

We look forward to supporting Su and UNHCR through this partnership.

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