Meet our board of directors.

the big picture team.

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Hello everyone! I’m currently in grade 12 at A.B. Lucas Secondary School, and some of my passions include science, languages, dance, music, and performing arts, as well as social justice. I love my role at COC because it allows me to take leadership for causes I believe in, build new connections, and collaborate with a brilliant team. It has been over two years since I joined CoC in 2020, and it amazes me how much we’ve grown and accomplished in that time. We have some big plans for this year and I can’t wait to put them into action!

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Hi friend! My name is Yichen, a Grade 12 student at A.B. Lucas Secondary School. I joined Champions of Change in the fall of 2020, and now I am a co-board chair. I'm grateful for the experiences this organization has given me, and the people I've met. In my free time, I love to play the piano and spend time outside.

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Hi! My name is Aditi, I'm one of the managing directors of Champions of Change. I started the organization 4 years ago with the hope to help amend gender issues and build a more inclusive society. When I'm not at school you'll most likely catch me watching FRIENDS.

Aditi Basdeo
FOUNDER
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Hi! I'm Jenn Xu, a first year at the University of Toronto. I'm passionate about the arts and sciences, as well as social justice. I've been a member of the organization since its humble beginnings as a school club back in 2018, and I hope to grow with the organization through the years. In my spare time I enjoy singing, spending time with friends, and playing the kalimba.

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Hi there! My name is Tanya and I'm the secretary at Champions of Change. I first joined the organization in 2019, and I've had a great experience engaging in all it's initiatives ever since. Outside of school I love to play piano, dance, read, swim, and spend time with family.  

tanya sharma
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Student, activist, and leader. Katelyn has been a part of Champions of Change since 2020. Advocating and serving as the current Board Director of Initiatives, Katelyn is grateful to have the privilege of working with such an amazing team for the past three years, and is optimistic for what the future holds.

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Hi everyone! My name is Sharmeen, I am a first-year student at Western! I joined this amazing organization when it started as a club in 2018 and I hope to stick with it as it continues to grow even more than it already has. I love reading, travelling, and working with children. I am passionate about gender equality and making a change

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Hi! I’m Chinmayi and I am a student at Sir Frederick Banting SS. I joined the organization in late 2020 and am proud of the growth I have achieved through being a part of the team. If I’m not working or volunteering, you can catch me exploring our city, drawing, or finding my new favourite food!

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katelyn vieira
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Zahra Nadeem is the Executive Director of Finance at Champions of Change. Other than school and community work, she enjoys martial arts, and photography and loves to sit down with a good book. She is passionate about human rights and social justice, starting with her work here at Champions of Change.

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zahra nadeem
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Hi! My name is Isabel and I am a student at Catholic Central High School. I am one of the Initiatives Project Managers here at Champions of Change. I joined the organization in May of 2021, and I am so thankful that I have had the chance to make connections with so many amazing people. I am passionate about achieving equality for everyone, and hope to make a difference in my community through the work I do! In my free time, I love to dance, read, sing, and play instruments!

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