Meet Our KAYAC Members

Bringing the youth voice to KidsAbility!

Meet the members of the KidsAbility Youth Advisory Council otherwise known as KAYAC! They volunteer their time to help bring the youth voice and perspective to KidsAbility's program and services. They are advocates, champions and ambassadors in our community. This incredible group of young people create positive change and have a lot of fun in the process!

 

Alexandra - KAYAC member   Alexandra

My name is Alexandra and I am 15 years old. I attend John F. Ross C.V.I. in Guelph. I work as a hockey referee. I initially joined KAYAC because I saw a poster at my school guidance office and it caught my eye. Having had a family member who has benefited from the services offered by KidsAbility, I felt a desire to give back to the KidsAbility community through KAYAC. I love being a KAYAC volunteer because I really feel like I’m able to inflict change in my community and help others. In the future, I’m planning to become a psychiatrist. 


Farhad - KAYAC member   Farhad

My name is Farzad and I am 16 years old.  I attend school at Waterloo Collegiate Institute.  I initially joined KAYAC to lend a hand in the community and try to provide solutions to any problems or to improve upon systems.  What I love about being a KAYAC volunteer is that we are tasked to use our creative space for good programs and fun for the youth. In the future, I hope to get a decent software job or to work on my startup.

 

James-KAYAC member   James

My name is James and I am a Grade 11 student at Elmira District Secondary School (EDSS). At school, I am involved with Best Buddies and the Track and Field team. In addition, my favourite subjects include chemistry and biology. I am also one of two Student Senators who represent EDSS at the board level. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, video games, swimming, volunteering, and cooking. I have been volunteering at KidsAbility for approximately three years, and I have been a member of KAYAC for the past two years. I have gained a considerable amount of knowledge and experience from my years of volunteering at KidsAbility and from all of the KAYAC meetings last year. I joined KAYAC because I wanted a leadership role and a voice in KidsAbility to help this organization improve and continue to change lives. I am proud to be a member of KAYAC, and I am looking forward to the bright future of KAYAC.

 

Jordan - KAYAC member  Jordan

My name is Jordan. I am 18 years old and I attend College Heights. I joined KAYAC to get involved and I love being able to make a difference for individuals with disabilities, like the bus that will now come to KidsAbililty. Plus, I like to meet new people and give my opinions. For the future, I am going to finish high school and hopefully continue my swimming. I hope to get the opportunity to swim in Germany.

 

 Maddy - KAYAC member   Maddy

My name is Maddy. I’m 19 years old and I have Cerebral Palsy. I joined KAYAC to give input on KidsAbility services and to be a voice for youth and kids with disabilities. I love being on KAYAC because I feel what I say matters and we are making a difference! I am finishing Pre-Technology and will be starting the Architecture Technology Program at Mohawk College in September.

 

 Megan - KAYAC member   Megan 

My name is Megan and I am 19 years old. I am a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo. I am studying Recreation and Sport Business and have just finished my first co-op term at Variety Village as a Resource Facilitator. I’ve also been a competitive swimmer for the past 12 years and currently swim on the University of Waterloo Varsity Swim Team. I joined the KidsAbility Youth Advisory Council because I wanted to help make an impact in the community that brings everyone together regardless of backgrounds. There are so many cool opportunities and experiences that happen as a KAYAC volunteer, however my favourite is being able to meet so many new people and forming some great friendships. In the future I hope to be doing my best to bring communities and people of all abilities together in any way. 

 

Sarah - KAYAC member   Sarah

My name is Sarah. I work at the local library. I decided to join KAYAC as I want to advocate for all individuals living with a physical disability. I have also volunteered with KidsAbility School and Active Start Sports Program. I like being a part of KAYAC as we advocate for accessible communities and what doesn't work/works for us. In my spare time, I like to listen to music, colour, paint, cook and go outside. "Never Give Up."