team20

Ruthlyn Matthias 

Ruthlyn Matthias completed reading for B.Sc. in Accounting at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Open Campus in May 2013 in a part-time, online environment. Ruthlyn has worked in the banking sector, both in the indigenous and international banks in the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda and also held a short-term contract in a leading law firm Henry & Burnette. Ruthlyn became the Chapter Chair of the inaugural Guild of Students Executive of the UWI for the term 2010/2011 in Antigua & Barbuda. She also served in 2011/2012 and concurrently held the position of Assistant Secretary on the regional Guild of Students Executive for the Open Campus of the UWI. She was re-elected as Chapter Chair for a third term 2012/2013 and was also elected Guild President of the Regional Executive 2012/2013. Ruthlyn entered the Dell Social Innovation Challenge which was launched by the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin in 2012 and won the People’s Choice Award for her entry in Health, Duckweed: A Green Solution, in the Central and South America Region.

 

Fenella Wenham team21

Fenella Wenham has been involved in youth development from a very early age and has continued to play a key role in this area throughout her life. Fenella prides herself in youth involvement and empowerment and was the former CARICOM Youth Ambassador where she was involved in youth leadership, educator development, youth motivating/empowering and youth activism. Her drive for motivating and molding youths has led her to become a teacher at her alma mater and she also does private tutoring. Throughout the years Ms Wenham has played various roles as a youth leader, however, now she plays a foremost role as a representative for the Youth of Dominica in the position of first female President of the National Youth Council of Dominica (NYCD), elected in the July 2011 NYCD General Assembly. Spoken from her track record in youth work, it is generally anticipated that Ms Wenham will lead the NYCD to a new height during her term as President.  None of her achievements has made her smug; Ms Wenham continues to be the down to earth, kind and caring individual which motivates her to continue her work in youth development with the same zest as when she started.

 

Greg Nunez team22

Greg Nunez is a MSc Sociology graduate with a specialization in Social Anthropology at the University of the West Indies.   In 2010 he completed a BSc. Sociology with a minor in Social Policy and Administration. Greg has a passion for advocacy and working on behalf of the disenfranchised or socially vulnerable in society.  Greg has been a Programme Officer at an anti-crime initiative, RESTORE Belize at the Office of the Prime Minister of Belize, with special responsibilities in liaising with communities, NGOs, government agencies and other activist groups on the design and delivery of community development programmes. Volunteer work is also a keen interest of Greg’s and this includes assisting in violent and disadvantaged communities, tutoring disadvantaged youths, and mentoring boys of gang associated neighborhoods. Greg’s leadership roles have varied from representation on Halls of Residences, student representation and employee representation in National Unions.  Greg was a member of the Guild Council (2012-2013) of the Guild of Students of the University of the West Indies.  Social Research is of major significance to in Greg’s life as it has given him the opportunity to interface with many groups and social problems in several countries, including Jamaica, Belize, and Trinidad and Tobago.

 

team23Jaxson Khan

Named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 young leaders and a global One Young World Ambassador, Jaxson Khan is a second year student at Western University, studying as one of the Scholar’s Electives at Huron University College, specializing in global development. Formerly a student trustee of the Peel District School Board, he also served as CEO of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association, representing 2 million students across Ontario to the Ministry of Education. In this capacity, he led the creation of the provincial Charter of Rights for Mental Health and Well-being for Children and Youth. He advises AstraZeneca Canada’s Young Health Program, reaching over 50,000 youth and advocating for youth mental health nation-wide. He is the President of Impact Entrepreneurship Group, a decade-old organization that facilitates mentorship for young entrepreneurs across Canada. Jaxson co-founded and is the Executive Director of the Student Voice Initiative, a national movement to give students a voice in their education, and he is passionate about creating avenues for young people to contribute to and succeed in their communities.

 

team24Tricia Teekah

Tricia Teekah is presently a member of the Core Committee working to establish a National Students’ Movement in Guyana. Tricia participated in the Commonwealth Youth Programme/ University of Guyana Regional Leaders Round Table held in Georgetown, Guyana in 2011, and was nominated at that forum to serve on the Constitution Committee. Tricia is known for her volunteer work and active role in youth programmes. Upon graduating from the University of Guyana with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, she was awarded the ‘Council of the University of Guyana Prize for the graduating student who attained at least a ‘Pass with Credit’ and has made the greatest contribution in other areas of the University’s activities. Those activities included her role in the University of Guyana International Affairs Association, the Student Society and the Students’ Movement. Additionally, Tricia, who is currently a second year student at law, has participated in numerous training and fora, such as the 30th Model General Assembly of the Organisation of American States, Caribbean Public Services Association Annual Conferences, IV People’s Summit of the Americas, 28th Public Services International World  Congress.

She is described as friendly, a team player and discipline worker. Tricia believes that students’ rights are human rights, and students’ voices should be heard in the education system

 

team25Antoine Duncombe 

Antoine Duncombe is currently being educated at The College of The Bahamas and has a passion for teaching, mentoring and youth advocacy.  Antoine is an experienced youth/student leader and has held the following positions at the College of the Bahamas Union of Students (COBUS); Senator for the school of education 2011-12 and the 2nd Vice President of The Education Awareness Society (EAS). Antoine has interests in many areas but is keen to complete undergrad school, enter graduate school, participate and organize church activities and to ensure that the standard of quality education remains high whilst assisting others through advocacy, mentorship and volunteerism.