Who We Are

The Markham Mayor’s Youth Council is a group of diverse and dedicated teens representing the fabric of Markham’s youth community. We are dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating youth, as well as being an active voice in the City of Markham. The MMYC is a branch of the Markham Council run by youth. It is comprised of youth, Markham Councillors and the Mayor of Markham. The purpose of the MMYC is to provide local youth a voice by which they may give input and develop initiatives to enhance youth opportunities within the City of Markham.

Mandate:
  1. The MMYC shall act in an advisory capacity, and provide advice on issues of concern to youth.
  2. The MMYC shall act in an advocacy role, and provide new ideas and views to council and staff.
  3. The MMYC shall raise awareness in the community through planned events (e.g. Markham Expo, Get Involved Conference, Amazing Race, etc.).
  4. The MMYC shall encourage youth participation within the community.

OUR TEAM

Joyce Chan

Co-Chair
joyce.chan@markhamyouth.com

Joyce is in her fourth year of MMYC, and is excited to use her experience to guide and lead the team as a Co-chair this year. She dedicates much of her time to the multiple clubs and organizations that she is a part of and does what she can to help out the community. She is an outgoing individual who has a passion for the arts, loves trying new foods and is always ready to extend a helping hand. MMYC is one of Joyce’s favourite councils and she is thrilled to see the team’s amazing initiatives the team this year!

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Joyce Chan

Joyce Chan

Co-Chair

Jessica Duncan

Co-Chair
jessica.duncan@markhamyouth.com

Jessica is a grade 12 student at Markham District High School. She is in her third year on MMYC and is extremely excited to take on the role as Co-chair. In addition to MMYC, she is an active member in her school's Student Council and Rock Climbing Club. Her hobbies include playing board games and drinking bubble tea. She can’t wait to see what this term of MMYC will bring!

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Jessica Duncan

Jessica Duncan

Co-Chair

Jennifer Chen

jennifer.chen@markhamyouth.com

Jennifer is a grade 11 student attending Markham District High School. She loves to invest her time into various things, from robotics to music. Being involved within the community is one of the main factors that has shaped Jennifer into who she is today--she hopes that you will come to explore the many opportunities available in Markham as well. On a side note, she loves meeting new people and making new friends; if you ever see her at any events, please say hello!

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Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Chen

Aman Mathur

Aman Mathur

Jeffrey Zhang

jeffrey.zhang@markhamyouth.com

Jeffrey is currently in grade 12 and attends Bayview Secondary School. His hobbies include swimming, playing basketball and being active. He enjoys watching the NBA, and his favourite teams are the Toronto Raptors(#wethenorth) and the Los Angeles Lakers. As a member of the Markham Mayor's Youth Council he hopes to inspire the youth of Markham.

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Jeffrey Zhang

Jeffrey Zhang

Julia Ip

julia.ip@markhamyouth.com

Julia Ip is in grade 11 at Markham District High School and loves being involved in the community. This is Julia’s second year on MMYC and she is so excited to work with such an amazing team! Aside from MMYC, Julia is an avid long distance runner and karate enthusiast. In her spare time, Julia also enjoys baking, playing her violin (not so much practising though…), making handmade greeting cards, and travelling with family. This year, Julia is part of the Collage, Amazing Race, and Expo Outreach teams.

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Julia Ip

Julia Ip

Justin Jen

justin.jen@markhamyouth.com

Justin is a very active and responsible individual. Besides MMYC and swimming, Justin loves to work hard in school to achieve good grades to be a good son to his parents.  It is his final year at school and on MMYC. He loves to talk so feel free to approach him anytime! From taking pictures to organizing performances at events, Justin is very motivative and focused on the job he is assigned to get it done. He is very funny and very social and he just loves to cheer up anyone when they are having a bad day.

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Justin Jen

Justin Jen

Kaitlin Mak

kaitlin.mak@markhamyouth.com

This is Kaitlin’s second year on MMYC. She is in grade 12, and attends Bur Oak Secondary School. This year she is a part of the Collage, Markham’s Amazing Race, and Expo Entertainment teams. She is endlessly excited for what this term has in store, and hopes that everyone participates in all MMYC has to offer ✨ ✨

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Kaitlin Mak

Kaitlin Mak

Megan Niu

megan.niu@markhamyouth.com

Megan Niu is a grade 11 student at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute and is currently serving her third year on MMYC. Her three favourite things are math, music and MMYC. Ask her about any of them and she will not be able to shut up. She leads the Get Involved committee and the Ambassadors program because she is passionate about promoting volunteerism. There is nothing better than helping others!

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Megan Niu

Megan Niu

Nicholas Vadivelu

nicholas.vadivelu@markhamyouth.com

Nicholas Vadivelu is a Web Developer at The Reckoner.  He enjoys programming, reading, talking to people, and keeping himself busy.  He practically lives on the internet, but also does Taekwondo, swims and plays ultimate frisbee.  Nobody knows where to find him, as most of the time, even he doesn’t know where he’s going!  But he is always somewhere, and if you see him, don’t hesitate to give him a shout!  Or give him food.  Food is better.  Food is to Nicholas as hydrogen is to stars; without food he is dull and cold.

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Nicholas Vadivelu

Nicholas Vadivelu

Vanessa Chan

vanessa.chan@markhamyouth.com

Vanessa is a grade 12 student attending Bayview Secondary School. She is enthusiastic about dog-spotting, bird-watching, and trying new food. During her second year on MMYC she is looking forward to making new memories and meeting new friends at the upcoming events.

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Vanessa Chan

Vanessa Chan

Victor Wang

victor.wang@markhamyouth.com

Victor is in grade ten student at Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School. He looks forward to the events and incredible memories soon to be had in the year ahead. Victor is also a diehard Leafs fan, and does not like the Montreal Canadiens.

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Victor Wang

Victor Wang

Benny Lam

benny.lam@markhamyouth.com

Benny enjoys visiting online websites such as Google.com and Yelp.com to determine the best restaurants to eat in for various different cuisines. With a passion for food and a determination to live a healthy lifestyle, he frequently swims and goes on either neighbourhood bike rides or runs. With that being said, Benny strongly believes that learning about another individual through an online biography is significantly less effective than engaging in a face-to-face conversation. So he encourages people who are reading this biography to talk to him in person. He hopes to see you at the next MMYC event!

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Benny Lam

Benny Lam

Olivia Chan

olivia.chan@markhamyouth.com

Olivia is a grade 7 student at Greensborough Public School. She is a young individual who loves to help others and get involved in her community. She enjoys listening to music, playing the flute, visual arts, and badminton. She also enjoys being a part of the Markham Mayor’s Youth Council, and the Markham Mayor’s Junior Council. Olivia also enjoys eating food as it is a huge part of life and would mentally not be able to survive without it. This is Olivia’s first year on the team and is super excited for many great memories and amazing events to come!

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Olivia Chan

Olivia Chan

Jake Koszczewski

jake.koszczewski@markhamyouth.com

Jake is a Grade 10 at Markham District High School, and this is his first year on MMYC.  He is very excited to be apart of an amazing youth council and is ready to make some awesome memories with everyone. You’ll see, or most likely hear him on his school’s announcements, making bad puns or getting loco for hoco, but asides from this he loves to go on adventures around the city, so if you know some good cafes/restaurants, follow him on instagram @jakekoszczewski and DM him some places so he can go and eat some amazing food 🙂

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Jake Koszczewski

Jake Koszczewski

Janice Xu

janice.xu@markhamyouth.com

Janice is currently in grade 10 attending Bayview Secondary School. She enjoys to meet new people at different MMYC events and trying to make others smile from ear to ear with her “hilarious” puns. Despite the stereotypes Bayview students are often labelled with, she loves to be active and express her energetic side through an epic game of volleyball. She likes to find new desserts to bake while jamming to Mariana’s Trench! This year being the first time Janice is on MMYC, she looks forward to all the great memories and accomplishments the team will achieve together!!

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Janice Xu

Janice Xu

Vivian Liu

vivian.liu@markhamyouth.com

Vivian is currently in grade 10 at Thornhill Secondary School. She is very enthusiastic about community involvement and volunteering, and is excited to be part of the MMYC team this year. She enjoys visual arts and music, and also often plays badminton in her free time. Being her first year on the MMYC team, she is looking forward to organising and planning a wide range of events for the youth of Markham.

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Vivian Liu

Vivian Liu

Ashlee Jiang

ashlee.jiang@markhamyouth.com

Ashlee is a grade 11 student currently attending PACE. She is passionate about the sciences, art, reading and writing. This is her first year with the Markham Mayor's Youth Council and she is eager to help plan events with MMYC to engage the youth of Markham.

 

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Ashlee Jiang

Ashlee Jiang

Jessica Li

jessica.li@markhamyouth.com

Jessica Li is currently a grade 11 student attending Bayview Secondary School. She has a passion for music, meeting new people, and llamas. In her spare time, she loves to involve herself in school and in her community through clubs, orchestras, and youth initiatives to make positive influences. While this is her first year as a member of MMYC, she is ecstatic to join the team to inspire youth and make wonderful memories with everyone here!

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Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Hayley Banks

hayley.banks@markhamyouth.com

This is Hayley’s first year on MMYC, and she is beyond excited to be part of a team full of such amazing people. She is a Grade 11 student at Markham District High School. Along with MMYC, she is involved in various clubs like DECA and Peer Mentors within her school, but is looking forward to being able to work with youth from all around Markham this year. She is thrilled to make many new memories and meet new people as part of MMYC. You can follow her on twitter @Banks_Hayley!!

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Hayley Banks

Hayley Banks

Leo Xu

leo.xu@markhamyouth.com

Leo is a Grade 11 student studying at Bayview Secondary School. Besides pursuing the IB Program in Richmond Hill, Leo is very excited to participate in youth driven initiatives in Markham and all around Ontario. Outside of school Leo always enjoys a great film and a match of Taekwondo. When he is not working with the MMYC Family, nor doing any the tasks stated above, he enjoys pondering fundamental questions about life such as how many different incorrect ways people can pronounce his two letter long last name. You can follow Leo on Instagram @Thepokelolo.

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Leo Xu

Leo Xu

Lindsay Lee

lindsay.lee@markhamyouth.com

Lindsay is a grade 11 student attending Markham District High School, who’s love being an active member of the community. Beyond MMYC, she is part of a variety of other clubs within her school. In her free time, she enjoys making music, playing badminton, telling horrible jokes, sharing dank memes and studying science (jks). This is her first year on MMYC and she’s hyped for all the positive outreach and youth involvement that can be done! #lit

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Lindsay Lee

Lindsay Lee

Ashley Vadivelu

ashley.vadivelu@markhamyouth.com

Ashley is a grade 9 student at Markville Secondary School. She is a friendly and committed individual who loves to get to know new people. This is Ashley’s first year on the council, but she has previous experience, from one year on the Markham Mayor’s Junior Council.  Her hobbies include swimming, drawing, sculpting (pretty much anything related to visual arts) and eating. Food plays a huge role in Ashley’s life. Oh how mundane she would be without food.

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Ashley Vadivelu

Ashley Vadivelu

Jaemin Han

Jaemin Han

Karthik Ganapathiraju

karthik.ganapathiraju@markhamyouth.com

Karthik G is a grade 10 student currently attending Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School. He is super nice, dedicated, caring and all the girls have the hots for him. He loves going out with his friends, meeting new people and most of all, spending time with the MMYC family. During all events, he loves to run around with his camera in hand, taking awesome photos. So if you see him around taking pictures of you, don’t worry! He isn’t creeping on you, it’s for the MMYC Facebook page! This is his 2nd year on council and these two years have been the best two years of his life. From MMYC he has learned how to take on a leadership role to help the people around him and himself to excel in whatever they want to achieve. He is very content with all the things that he’s done on his council and he is looking forward to the years to come.

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Karthik Ganapathiraju

Karthik Ganapathiraju