Meet your 2022-2023 Youth Ambassadors
Our heads are full, our hearts are open and we are jumping in this summer loaded with enthusiasm! What an honor to be part of the Parks Canada Youth Ambassadors program and to join this collective of youth whose main goal is to experience and share our common nature, culture and treasures.
Creation, sharing and inspiration will be our ambitions this summer. Despite the mountains, lakes and forests that separate us, the feeling of closeness that brings us together could not be stronger. Join us so that together we can discover, meet and explore.
Clara, Karam and Patricia
2022-2023 Youth Ambassadors
Hello, Bonjour Canada!
My name is Clara and I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabeg. I love to travel and being both a French and Canadian citizen has allowed me the opportunity to explore many different corners of the world, such as being able to live in France while working as a guide at Vimy Ridge. However, Canada is home and I am so excited to have the opportunity to discover more of our amazing country with all of you!
From road tripping across the country in my family’s little Trillium trailer, to working various student jobs at both National Historic Sites and National Parks, a huge part of my life has been centered around finding ways to learn more about Canada's cultural and natural history. Thankfully, I have been able to share my passion for Parks Canada in my community as Co-President of my university’s Parks Canada Campus Club.
I am in my fourth year of Environment, Resources and Sustainability with a double minor in Parks and Psychology at the University of Waterloo; this degree has allowed me to pursue my passion for the environment and Canada’s natural landscapes. Many of the most amazing experiences of my life have all been related to National Parks. My first ever multi-day backpacking trip was in Kootenay National Park, my first time surfing was at Pacific Rim National Park, and my first time outdoor rock climbing was in Banff National Park. I can’t wait for what this summer has in store for us!
My name is Karam (pronounced Ka-rum) and I’m excited to go on all these adventures with you this summer! I am a firm believer in trying to see and experience everything there is in the world. This year, I am eager to explore and share Canada’s culture and nature with all of you!
I am from Lebanon, but my family and I moved to Whitby, Ontario over a decade ago and I’ve been based here ever since! I love travelling and learning about new cultures so I am excited to share and connect with my diverse perspective of the world and bring to life the many stories that are left unheard in Canada as a Youth Ambassador. I’m passionate about youth leadership, advocacy, people and the systems that bring them all together, so with that experience I hope to foster a deeper connection between the youth and the rich and diverse cultural and natural heritage of Canada! Also, I’m currently finishing up my Criminology and Justice degree at OntarioTech University. Therefore, I have a big passion for tackling discrimination & injustices against communities and nature within Canada, so I hope to be part of the collective whole that works to tackle these issues that impact society. Additionally, I want to bring light to the beauty of Canadian cultural and natural heritage, and share the many extraordinary Parks Canada-administered places with all of you!
To keep my enthusiasm enriched in nature and my love for the outdoors, I like to spend my free time either mountain biking, hiking or skiing and I like to capture these amazing experiences using photography. I also enjoy video gaming, baking and Brazilian jiu jitsu martial arts (which I’m aware is a very diverse set of hobbies, but it is a testament to the fact that I like to try new things!). Overall, I am super excited to start this new adventure with all of you and eager for the new chapter that awaits us!
My name is Patricia, and I’m a history nut. You will probably catch me trailing behind reading historic plaques or carrying lots of tourist pamphlets! Throughout my life, I have been privileged to experience Canada’s cultural and natural heritage, graciously safeguarded by Parks Canada. Whether it was the wind whistling through my hair at Signal Hill, NL, or questioning the funky top hats worn at Province House National Historic Site, PEI, Parks Canada places memories sparked my fascination with Canadian history and helped to shape my national identity. This is my Parks story, and I am looking forward to hearing yours!
My Canadian adventures have inspired my schooling as I am currently a History and Religious Studies student at Queen’s University. When I don’t have my nose in the books in Kingston, you’ll find me soaking up the sun on the shores of Georgian Bay in my hometown of Port McNicoll, ON – traditional territory of the Wendat, Mississauga, Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.
In my downtime, nothing beats a good day in the garden, making a splash at the beach, reminiscing by a campfire (log cabin fires are superior…but we can debate that over a s'more), and gazing up at the open night sky!
As a Youth Ambassador, I am beyond grateful to bridge my passion for sharing the many voices of Canada’s history and the wonder of nature. I am so excited to engage with young Canadians along our physical and virtual travels to amplify the beauty of a land we are so fortunate to call home!
Catch you soon, Canada!
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