VOICE Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

 

 

Adam Bruder-Wexler

Adam Bruder-Wexler is a second-year law student and he intends to work in entertainment law while simultaneously practicing disability law as well. Before McGill he was a student at Dawson College studying sciences and commerce. Some of his hobbies include playing sports and watching movies and even though he loves to cook but is not very good at it! He joined VOICE because he felt it would give him the opportunity to be a part of ground-breaking research in the advancement of childhood ethics. It has also allowed him to collaborate and develop insight from experts and students in other fields thus diversifying his knowledge and understanding of ethics as it relates to youth. Whether it be education systems, access to healthcare, or indigenous youth advocacy, being a part of VOICE has given him the opportunity to express his passion for childhood ethics in a multitude of fields that he would not otherwise have had access to.

 

Anna Gignac-Eddy

Anna Gignac-Eddy is a second-year law student at McGill minoring in Hispanic Studies. Human rights, access to justice, and protecting the vulnerable underpin all that she does. Currently a research assistant for Prof. Sébastien Jodoin, her work focuses on disability rights as well as environmental litigation. Outside of school, she gives legal education workshops to high school students with L.E.X. McGill; helps homeless persons navigate the legal system with the Mobile Legal Clinic; and coordinates Montréal Unie pour Semer l’Égalité (MUSE) — a non-profit she founded dedicated to fighting poverty by promoting emerging artists. 
Her experiences empowering youth as a camp counselor and building childhood autonomy in community organizations in Montreal have made her passionate about promoting youth agency and children’s rights. She is especially interested in the relationship between the arts (storytelling, music) and social change, and in giving youth the tools to become agents of this change within their own communities. Being part of VOICE has allowed her to explore these interests and promote youth perspectives through knowledge translation and mobilization. 

 

Man Hua Lei

Man Hua is an undergraduate student at the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University. She has actively engaged with the younger population in both recreative and educational fields her whole life. Her experience as an academic and peer tutor, camp counsellor and inaugural member of the Youth Advisory Council has allowed her to create meaningful experiences with youth and explore challenging realities from their day-to-day lives. Being part of VOICE has given her the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations around ethical challenges and to advance knowledge mobilization while protecting youth perspectives.

 

Fabrys Julien

Fabrys is a second-year undergraduate student at the McGill School of Social Work. She is currently working for Dr. Michael J. MacKenzie’s Child Well-Being Research Group within McGill’s School of Social Work as a Research Laboratory Coordinator, Project Manager and Research Assistant. Joining VOICE’s Youth Advisory Council as an inaugural member in June 2020, she also took on the role of a Research Assistant working with Dr. Franco Carnevale at VOICE.

Her academic areas of interest are related to child welfare, family dynamics, mental health as well as the Trauma Informed Care (TIC) approach and its positive impacts on vulnerable populations.

Past work and volunteering experiences at daycare centres, schools as well as family and children’s shelters has raised Fabrys Julien’s awareness regarding various psychosocial realities. In many situations, she found that children/youth of different ages have the ability to express their strengths, needs, and limits regarding challenges they are facing. Thus, she strongly believes that one ought to take the time to listen to the youth’s opinions and perceptions before making decisions, disseminating research findings, or writing policies impacting their lives.

Kevin Liu

Kevin is an undergraduate student pursuing a BSc in Kinesiology. Under the supervision of Dr. Mary Ellen Macdonald and Dr. Franco Carnevale, he has been leading a project to explore youth perspectives towards the possible extension of medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation to include 'mature minors'.  As an advocate for youth engagement, Kevin joined the VOICE YAC in summer 2020 as an inaugural member to help ensure that research, policy, education, and knowledge mobilization align with the priorities and experiences of young people.

 

Ann Nguyen

Ann is an undergraduate student at the School of Social Work of McGill University who joined the VOICE’s Youth Advisory Council in summer 2020 as an inaugural member. She has previous experiences as a peer tutor for the social sciences and as a student representative for the Psychology Department’s Mediation Committee – both at Vanier College. She also had the opportunity to shadow at two hospitals: the CHU Sainte-Justine and the Jewish General Hospital. Her areas of interest include education, mental health, community organizing, and healthcare.

 

Ruo Lan Wang

Ruo Lan is a second-year student at the Faculty of Law. She joined the VOICE Youth Advisory Council as an inaugural member in summer 2020. She was drawn to the YAC’s mission because of her past experiences working with children with mental and physical disabilities. She wanted to be part of a platform that would allow the youth to express themselves in meaningful ways and provide them with concrete opportunities to influence research and policy.
At the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR), she has done legal research relating to children’s and families’ rights. Her past experiences have also informed her of the intersection between childhood and poverty, immigration, and marginalization.
At VOICE, she also works as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale on a study relating to families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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