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

Jake Koszczewski

jake.koszczewski@markhamyouth.com

Jake Koszczewski is a Grade 12 student at Markham District High School and is proud to be serving on MMYC in his third and final year as one of the Co-Chairs alongside Janice! Outside of MMYC, he is the President of MDHS SAC and is also on his school’s DECA executive. Beyond extracurriculars you can find him (thrift) shopping, studying at Starbucks/Aroma, spending unnecessary amounts of money on Bubble Tea, and vlogging for his SAC’s youtube channel.  If you see Jake doing one of the above, feel free to say hi and ask any questions, who knows maybe you’ll be apart of the next vlog.

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Jake Koszczewski

Jake Koszczewski

Janice Xu

janice.xu@markhamyouth.com

Janice Xu is a grade 12 student at Bayview Secondary School. This is her third year on MMYC and she is ecstatic to be serving as one of the co-chairs with her partner in crime, Jake! Janice is a professional foodie, a recent receiver of the Yelp Elite badge. You’ll always find her travelling the City, eating at new restaurants or finding her new favourite bubble tea joint. In her spare time, she goes to the gym to compensate for the bubble tea and trains for competitive dragon boating! Janice is also a boondoggle master and baker of desserts, be sure to follow her on Instagram @jan.ice to see her daily adventures!

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Janice Xu

Janice Xu

Boris Lam

boris.lam@markhamyouth.com

When you clicked on this picture, it was probably a mistake. Well, you’re here now anyway! Through the power of Quizlet and powerthesaurus.com, Boris has managed to reach Grade 11 at Markville Secondary School. He is the vice president of Markville SAC, a member of his school’s DECA chapter, and a part of MSS’ Ski/Board Team. Although MMYC will be a new opportunity for Boris, he’s thrilled to continue helping the community grow! Aside from MMYC, Boris enjoys doing anything music-related and playing basketball. If you ever have any questions, feel free to talk to him at one of MMYC’s events!

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Boris Lam

Boris Lam

Eddy Guo

eddy.guo@markhamyouth.com

Knock knock. Who’s there? Eddy. Eddy who?

Eddy Guo is pumped for his first year being apart of MMYC, to aid the community and encourage youth engagement! He is a student attending Bayview Secondary School, part of school clubs such as DECA and FBLA, and enjoys spending his free time with close friends and “monkeying” around. Being a clothing fnatic and sneakerhead, donations made to www.gofundme.com/moneymakeseddyhappy would be greatly appreciated. Asides from MMYC and academics, Eddy is a very outgoing individual eager to meet new people and make new friends! If you see him at any event, don’t hesitate to say hello, or fund his sneaker collection.

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Eddy Guo

Eddy Guo

Evan Qi

evan.qi@markhamyouth.com

Why did the chicken cross the road? Because this year is Evan’s first year on MMYC. He’s beyond excited to work with other MMYC members to further youth involvement in the community! Being a student from Bayview Secondary School, he is involved in clubs such as DECA and HOSA, and can usually be found outside of school hanging out with his friends or eating. He loves to listen to music, but unfortunately cannot afford airpods. If you ever see him at an event, be sure to say hi or ask about the first line of this blurb! Make sure to follow him on instagram @mc2van! (Can you decipher his handle?)

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Evan Qi

Evan Qi

Ivan Qian

ivan.qian@markhamyouth.com

Hi I'm Ivan

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Ivan Qian

Ivan Qian

Renee Lee Wah

renee.leewah@markhamyouth.com

Renee Lee Wah is a Grade 12 student at St. Augustine Catholic High School. This is her second year on MMYC and she is so excited to get the youth of Markham involved in the community. Outside of MMYC, Renee participates in clubs at her school, and she loves lending a hand at her church, St. Justin Martyr. She takes joy in volunteering within the community, giving friends a shoulder to lean on, meeting new people, and exploring what the world has to offer. If you should see Renee don't be afraid to reach out and say hi!

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Renee Lee Wah

Renee Lee Wah

Justine Lin

justine.lin@markhamyouth.com

This is Justine!  She is a Grade 9 student at Unionville High School!  Some of her hobbies are reading, playing the piano and swimming.  Other than being in MMYC, Justine is a member of DECA, the biomedical and life sciences club, and band at her school!  Something interesting about Justine is her massive collection of over 100 erasers and her nutcracker collection! This is her first year in MMYC and she is very excited!

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Justine Lin

Justine Lin

Patrick Ang

patrick.ang@markhamyouth.com

Patrick Ang is a Grade 10 student at St. Brother Andre Catholic High School. This is his first year on MMYC and firmly believes that the youth involvement in Markham is a great tool in developing a bright future. When he isn’t cramming for school or at MMYC, Patrick plays on his schools hockey and volleyball teams; participates on Student Council, DECA and HOSA; and loves to fish. Patrick loves memes, some classmates say it’s an obsession. If you ever see him around, be sure to say hi!

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Patrick Ang

Patrick Ang

Laura Florea

laura.florea@markhamyouth.com

Laura Florea is a grade 12 student at Thornhill Secondary school. This is her second year on MMYC, and she is thrilled to work with the other council members once again to bring the youth of Markham some of the best MMYC events yet! Alongside being on MMYC, Laura is a member of her school’s DECA executive team, a captain of her school’s Prefect league, and exec of her school’s science club. She enjoys travelling, mathematics, playing video games, and volunteering in the community. If you ever see Laura at MMYC's events, she'll be happy to chat with you!

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Laura Florea

Laura Florea

Sidd Mittal

sidd.mittal@markhamyouth.com

Sidd Mittal is a Grade 11 student at Unionville High School. This is his first year on MMYC, and he is super excited to help out around the community!! Outside of MMYC, he is the Vice President of USAC, and apart of his school's DECA chapter. He also has a part-time job at Kumon (LOL). He loves listening to some good Hip-Hop/R&B; his favourite artists include Russ, Khalid, Justin Bieber, and Travis Scott. He might’ve recently started to listen to kpop, also. Anyways, if you wanna talk music @ an MMYC event, just approach him, he's a super friendly guy. Or, just follow him on instagram: @sidd.mittal12

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Sidd Mittal

Sidd Mittal

Michelle Lam

michelle.lam@markhamyouth.com

Michelle Lam is a grade 12 student at Bayview Secondary School. In her second term with MMYC, she is excited to meet new people in the community and see the events come to life. Aside from MMYC, she is part of various organizations and clubs, and is a taekwondo athlete. If you ever see Michelle at events, feel free to come up and say hi! She can’t wait to meet everyone and have another great year with MMYC!

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Michelle Lam

Michelle Lam

Grace Huang

grace.huang@markhamyouth.com

Grace Huang is a grade 12 IB student at Bayview Secondary School. In her second year with MMYC, she is excited to work with the other members to organize initiatives and events for the youth community. Besides dedicating her time to plan activities and events for MMYC, Grace is part of her school’s DECA and HOSA chapters. She is passionate about STEM, volunteering in the community, and loves meeting new people. If you see her at events, make sure to say hello! 😊

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Grace Huang

Grace Huang

Olivia Chan

olivia.chan@markhamyouth.com

Olivia Chan is a grade 9 student at Unionville High School. This is her third year on MMYC, and like everyone on the council she is very excited to work with the other council members! Aside from being a part of MMYC, Olivia is also a co-manager of the MMJC. When Olivia isn’t working she enjoys travelling across Asia experiencing new foods and culture, watching movies with her family, and volunteering. Olivia also loves to play the piano, cello, and flute. If you ever see her at an event don’t be afraid to come chat and say hi!

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Olivia Chan

Olivia Chan

Julia Groza

julia.groza@markhamyouth.com

Julia Groza is a grade 12 IB student at TMS School. This is her second year on MMYC, and boy is she ready for another amazing year of MMYC! She is most excited about meeting more new people through MMYC (and having another year of eating amazing food at MMYC events). Julia is also involved in a variety of activities and clubs, including student council, DECA, and club volleyball. Fun fact: Julia is also a professional colourer.

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Julia Groza

Julia Groza

Kelly Hu

kelly.hu@markhamyouth.com

Who? Kelly Hu, the grade 11 student who goes to Bayview SS that’s Hu! This being her second year on MMYC, she is hyped for another year working alongside her fellow council members! As much as she loves her MMYC family, two things Kelly cannot live without are rep volleyball and track. However, when she’s not running drills at practice, she can either be found working on the latest public relations initiative for Bayview DECA, or struggling to finish her chemistry homework. Don’t hesitate to approach Kelly at an event; we know she is very intimidating but she doesn’t bite!

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Kelly Hu

Kelly Hu

Selina Qiu

selina.qiu@markhamyouth.com

Selina Qiu is a Grade 10 student at Markville Secondary School. This is her first year as a member of MMYC, and she is very excited to meet new people and get the youth involved! Outside of MMYC, she is the Vice President of Markville's Dance FuZe Club, a member of Markville's DECA chapter, and a part of many other clubs! In the little free time she has, Selina spends it learning new dances, obsessing over kpop, eating food (lots and lots of food!), and spending all her money on bubble tea! Don't forget to come say hi if you see her at any events; she'll be happy to talk to you! 🙂

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Selina Qiu

Selina Qiu

Maxine Bisera

maxine.bisera@markhamyouth.com

Maxine Bisera is a grade 10 student at St. Brother Andre CHS. This is her second year on MMYC, and she is super excited for another year working with the other council members to get the youth of Markham involved! Apart from MMYC, Maxine is also apart of her school's senior band, DECA and HOSA teams. In her free time, you can usually find her binge-watching shows on Netflix or at one of Markham’s many cafes trying to write a decent english essay. Maxine would loves meeting new people, so feel free to talk to her at an MMYC event or just follow her on ig: @maxinebisera !!!!

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Maxine Bisera

Maxine Bisera

Vivian Liu

vivian.liu@markhamyouth.com

Vivian is a Grade 12 student at Thornhill Secondary School. This is her third year on MMYC, and she is excited to help Markham youth get involved in the community! Vivian is passionate about graphic design, and is currently the co-president of DECA at her school. She enjoys going on downtown food adventures with her friends, eating sushi, travelling the world, and taking photos. Vivian is excited to meet new people and see what is in store for the rest of the year!

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Vivian Liu

Vivian Liu

Hana Almofti

hana.almofti@markhamyouth.com

No, it is not a typo. Her name is spelled H-A-N-A. Hana's parents chose to only use 4 letters cause they knew that she wouldn’t have time to write "Hannah" as a Grade 11 student at MSS. She can't wait to work with other members of MMYC for her first year! Hana is also a part of her school's SAC, DECA exec team, and HOSA chapter. When she has free time, she takes pictures of her CUTE cat, bops to Wii music, and works on her online store (hikarico.net). Don't be shy to approach Hana cause she will be more than happy to have a conversation on why she believes that she is 6'4 (at heart).

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Hana Almofti

Hana Almofti

Jaclyn Leung

jaclyn.leung@markhamyouth.com

Jaclyn is a grade 12 student at Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School, and is looking forward to her first year as an MMYC member! Jac (for short) is a tiny girl with a huge personality and a (sometimes alarmingly and unpleasant) loud voice, but don’t let that deter you from saying “Hi”!  Although she can come off quiet at first, once you get to know her she’ll never shut up. Outside of MMYC, she enjoys going to all types of events and conferences to meet new people and network. Jac is also very passionate about helping others and the environment. She enjoys rewatching TV shows that she’s already seen a billion times and singing (sometimes). She is looking forward to meeting you all at upcoming events!

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Jaclyn Leung

Jaclyn Leung

Adara Hagman

adara.hagman@markhamyouth.com

Adara Hagman is a Grade 10 student at St. Brother Andre CHS. This is her second year on MMYC. Outside of MMYC, Adara is an executive on her school’s student council and eco club and founded her school’s Me to We club. Adara is passionate about using technology to solve social justice issues and does this as a VR/AR innovator at The Knowledge Society.  She also loves Disney movies, traveling, and anything S.T.E.M. related. Adara is very excited for another great year on MMYC, and she can’t wait to meet you at one of our future events!

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Adara Hagman

Adara Hagman

Karthik Ganapathiraju

karthik.ganapathiraju@markhamyouth.com

This is Karthik. We know he’s a pretty good looking guy. Karthik has been on the council for 4 years since he was in grade 9. He is now in grade 12 and he loves being a senior at Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School. From taking pictures to creating videos and posters, Karthik, along with the rest of the marketing team ensure that all media is up and ready for the council. Aside from MMYC, Karthik loves to play badminton and do photography as he is one of the photographers for Teenagers of Markham. He is super excited for another great year on council! Feel free to contact him about anything 🙂

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Karthik Ganapathiraju

Karthik Ganapathiraju