Warren Hooley – Website: Indigeneyez**Confirmed for YCI 2018**
Warren is half Okanagan, half Caucasian and from the Syilx (Okanagan) territory in Penticton, BC. He graduated from the En’owkin Centre under the National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program in the spring of 2011. Warren’s personal story is one of transformation from the depths of addictions to marijuana, video games, and the party lifestyle to a life full of healthy food, positive thoughts, and living from the heart. For the past five years, Warren has passionately chosen a path of intensive personal development and facilitation training. He is a conscious, genuine and empathetic facilitator. Currently living in Vancouver and having turned 29, Warren reflects on why he has chosen to put so much of himself into what he does:
Warren’s talk on unpacking societal norms, stereotyping, and subconscious prejudices, offered an insightful glimpse into what shapes our perspective of the world. This, coupled with an engaging, and very interactive presentation, helped pushed many students beyond their conventional comfort zone. It’s talks like Warren’s that help foster the amazingly inclusive/accepting environment of YCI camp, and offer students the chance to view their lives through an objective lens, without the distortion of cultural biases.
Robyn Thomas – Website: Stigma Free Zone**Confirmed for YCI 2018**
Robyn Thomas is a professional speaker, filmmaker, and the new Vancouver Island Community Development Manager for the Stigma Free Society. She is driven to shatter the stigma that exists in society, particularly around mental illness. Robyn is the Lead Facilitator for the Society’s Teens2Twenties Support Group as well as a facilitator of WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) with the BC Schizophrenia Society in Victoria. Her lived experience of mental illness has ignited a passion to tell her own remarkable journey of hope and resiliency.
Robyn has a diverse and fascinating background in storytelling and media, and subsequent to working as an actress in Vancouver’s film and TV industry, she became passionate about the world behind the lens as a documentary filmmaker. She is also a graduate of Royal Roads University were she received the President’s Scholar Award for Academic Achievement.
Robyn creatively challenges perceptions that fuel hurtful stereotypes and isolate many experiencing struggles. She wants people dealing with stigma, and particularly mental health issues, to know that they are not alone and everyone can lead inspiring and meaningful lives no matter what obstacles. Most importantly, Robyn encourages us all to be more compassionate with one another and with ourselves.
Moussa Magassa**Confirmed for YCI 2018**
Before emigrating from Johannesburg to Vancouver and studying for an MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding at Royal Roads University, Moussa earned a bachelor’s honours degree in conflict resolution and peace studies in South Africa and worked in the field of demilitarization and peace education in the post-Apartheid country for five years. He is currently working on an interdisciplinary PhD at UVic.
Moussa remains deeply committed to capacity-building projects in Africa and returns as often as possible to his birthplace in northeastern Senegal. His village is small (approximately 3,000 to 5,000 people) and his family comes from “a very, very old tribe that goes all the way back to Egypt and the time of the Pharaohs.”
“Taught us to think about where we get our stereotypes from”
“Widened the spectrum of leadership”
“Inspired us to become leaders, and help out more in our communities”
“Great humor, had a kind of gentle presence”
“Made it feel that it’s possible to make big changes and re-evaluate our positions as leaders”
Anne Tenning**Confirmed for YCI 2018**
Anne Tenning’s presentation on residential schools was not only extraordinarily informative, but also offered a deep personal connection to the issue, a connection shared by many of the students at camp. Anne gave the students a snapshot of how the effects of residential schools can still be felt today, and what the impact of the truth and reconciliation commission has had on first nation’s communities. Her presentation inspired students to take action in their own schools, from every from getting involved in orange shirt day, to hosting a Hulq’uminum spelling competition.
“(She gave a) captivating and comprehensive coverage of the treatment of first nations in residential schools”
“Powerful, and emotionally charged”
Judy Tethong **Confirmed for YCI 2018**
Judy Tethong’s lifetime commitment to freeing Tibet continues to inspire campers to this very day. Her journeys, from the age of 17, to 76, are a story of tragedy, heartbreak, comedy, but most importantly, hope. Her commitment to camp is immense, only surpassed by her commitment to getting youth more involved in the world today, in service of positive change.
“Her lifelong mission happened by accident, so always be open to ambition.”
“It’s amazing how much of her life she’s devoted to this cause”
“Simply amazing, dense, humbling, impactful and inspirational”
Randall Garrison – Member of Parliament**Confirmed for YCI 2018**
Randall’s talk on working for LGBTQ rights, in the realm of politics, helped show how far we’ve come as a society on the issue, but also how far we still have to go. His engaged and conversational talk gave many students a very comfortable environment to ask about government, and the work being done for social issues within it.
“It was amazing to see such an inspiring LGBTQ+ advocate in a political position. He made us want to be far more engaged in our communities.”
“Good to hear that government is trying to be more forward”
“(he) made MP’s feel approachable, and people we can bring issues to”
David Katz – Website: PlasticBank**Confirmed for YCI 2018**
David Katz, CEO of the Plastic Bank, filled our minds with the idea of “social plastic.” He explained how by offering impoverished people an enterprise, through collecting plastic/selling, we can not only help move people out of poverty, but offer companies, and people, the opportunity to not support the production of new plastics. His presentation really shone a light on how much plastic waste we have in the world, and how the production of new plastic is, in essence, redundant, when we have such an incredible reserve of plastic, just sitting in landfills.
“I was inspired to take action in my everyday life”
“Made us rethink the concept of unnecessary waste and plastic”
“(He) revealed the hidden value of plastic, and the value we put on it.”
“It is so incredible that he thought of this, and made it happen”
“He gave us tangible tools, and methods, on how to reduce waste in our everyday lives”
A/Chief Del Manak – Leadership
Chief Manak’s talk on leadership was inspiring for many students. His outline of leadership, and what that means, was extraordinarily insightful, and showed the students that leadership is not all about talking everything on, by your-self.
“Created perspective on the life of police”
“Motivated us, and changed our view on leadership”
“Full of good ideas around the topic of supporting leadership”
“Really liked how he made leadership an everyday thing”
Youth Panel**Confirmed for YCI 2018**
Every year, the youth panel brings great perspective to students, seeing their friends/peers standing up in front of them, and talking about the frequently traumatic chapters of their lives. Every year, the emotion is tangible in the room, as people hear about what their friends went through. This panel is the quintessential example of camp, and everything it embodies. People who have been together only a couple days, but are comfortable sharing/crying/and comforting each other, without any hesitation.
“It shows the power of the camp, to let people talk about the most important, and traumatic, events in their lives, freely”
“Makes you aware of some of the struggles people have”
“A brilliant reminder that everyone has a story, and everyone has something to share”
Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister
An invitation to Mr. Trudeau to speak at YCI 2018 …maybe this year. Mr. Trudeau has agreed to be a signatory on the certificates that each student receives for participating in YCI 2017.
We struck out for YCI2017 but who knows for this year 🙂
Darren Laur – Internet Safety
Masjid Il-Iman – Islamophobia
Dave Dickson – Homelessness & the DTES
Tad Milmine – Bullying
Mike Sheehan – Becoming a Leader
Joyce & Victor Underwood – Residential Schools
Peter Gary – The Holocaust
Carol Todd – Bullying
South Island Dispute Resolution Centre – Dispute resolution
Cole Little – Homophobia
Andre Spencer – Residential Schools
Ales & Nella Nelson – Residential Schools
Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society – theatre performace ‘in transit’
Jamie Chicanot – Conflict Resolution
Suman and Manjit Virk tell the story of their daughter, Reena, who was brutally beaten and drowned by a group of her peers after trying to leave a compromising situation involving drugs and alcohol.
Dave Mann – Hate and the Internet
Youth Panel from VIRCS & ICA (Life experiences of coming to Canada as an immigrant/ refugee)
Mark Albany – Residential Schools and the Indian Act
Ryan Richard, Matt, Youth Group SEXY, Rozalyn Shakespeare -Homophobia & Sexism
Suzanne Batten – Residential schools
Cst. Peter Gill – Hate Crimes
Gasore Diedonne – Rwanda genocide – Immigration/Refugee issues
Murray Harris and Duane Lecky – Homophobia
John Nsabimana – Rwanda geonocide – Immigration/Refugee issues
Charles Chapman & Shirley David – Residential Schools