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

Kelly Hu

kelly.hu@markhamyouth.com

Who? Kelly Hu, that’s Hu! 3 years on MMYC yet she still cracks this lacklustre pun. Jokes aside, she is beyond stoked (and a little sentimental) to be serving her last year as co-chair with Selina! Kelly is a grade 12 IB student at Bayview SS, VP of Bayview DECA and president of Markham Key Club. As much as she adores contributing to her city and school communities, Kelly cannot live without rep volleyball and track. Nevertheless, when she’s not getting packed at practice, catch her taking naps to compensate for the lack of sleep she gets. Don’t hesitate to approach Kelly at an event (and follow her @kellyh.u); we know she is very intimidating but she won’t bite!

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Kelly Hu

Kelly Hu

Selina Qiu

selina.qiu@markhamyouth.com

Selina Qiu is a Grade 11 student at Markville Secondary School and she is ecstatic to be one of MMYC’s co-chairs along with Kelly! Outside of MMYC, she is the President of Markville's Dance FuZe Club and an exec of Markville's DECA chapter. Catch Selina grinding DECA exams, learning new dances, watching food videos, eating food (lots and lots of food!) and spending all her money on bubble tea. She is a strong advocate for bubble tea, so If you ever need a bubble tea recommendation, feel free to visit her at any events and ask her for some recommendations; she’ll be happy to give you some cool drinks! 🙂

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Selina Qiu

Selina Qiu

Anjali Singh

anjali.singh@markhamyouth.com

It’s ya girl Anjali. This is Anjali’s first year on MMYC and she already knows that it’s going to be another great year of exciting events for the Markham Community. In her grade 12 year, Anjali is the Equity coordinator on her student council, member of Music Council, and part of band, jazz band, and choir. She stays after school almost every day to the point where her parents think she lives there, and she loves waking up at 5:30 am for morning band where she plays the alto saxophone! She loves buying clothes (I have way too many please buy them at @anjalisclothes), thrift shopping, and re-watching old TV shows. Anyways, she's always free to talk about school, life, clothes, and anything in between. Follow her at @anjali_singh99!

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Anjali Singh

Anjali Singh

Ashwin Suganthan

ashwin,suganthan@markhamyouth.com

Ashwin is a Grade 10 Student at Markham District High School, and is excited for his first year on MMYC. Ashwin is a teen bursting with energy, always looking out for his peers and finding new opportunities to give back to the community. Outside of MMYC, he’s a part of his school’s DECA team and works alongside Student Council as the Grade 10 representative. Ashwin also has a strong connection with music, being a level 8 vocalist and 4 pianist in the Royal Conservatory of Music. When he’s not overwhelmed with school work, he enjoys performing at local events and spending time with friends. Feel free to say hello to him at future events. :))

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Ashwin Suganthan

Ashwin Suganthan

Boris Lam

boris.lam@markhamyouth.com

Yeah you already know who it is… your guy Boris Lam! It’s his second year on MMYC and he’s excited to continue to bring engaging events to youth across the GTA! A little bit about him: A grade 12 student at Markville, he’s also the president of Markville SAC, a trainer with Markville DECA (where ICDC’s always the move), and an enthusiastic </span><span style="font-weight: 400">bricklayer</span> <span style="font-weight: 400">flopper</span><span style="font-weight: 400"> basketball player. Catch him at City of Markham ball dropins to say hi before getting your ankles taken :0 And if you want a discount on poke make sure to hit him up during one of his shifts at Poke Guys 😉

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Boris Lam

Boris Lam

Bryant Zheng

bryant.zheng@markhamyouth.com

They call him big brain, but Bryant works too. This enthusiastic grade 10 from Markville S.S. has been dreaming about being involved in something this grand in the community, and he's stoked that he finally is! So, iIt's no  surprise that he thoroughly enjoys his time volunteering at community centers and food banks. Along with volunteering, Bryant is on his school's student council, is an avid member of DECA, and loves playing the trombone. He would LOVE to get to know you (since he's a lonely boi) so DM him @bryantzhg on Instagram and meet him at one of the many MMYC events!

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Bryant Zheng

Bryant Zheng

Chloe Vanderlugt

chloe.vanderlugt@markhamyouth.com

Chloe is a grade 11 student at TCPHS and is excited for her first year on MMYC! Chloe loves meeting new people and is always up for a conversation 🙂 Outside of MMYC, Chloe acts in her school play, is the president of her school’s STRIVE club, a member of DECA, and expresses her love for cats by volunteering weekly at Markham Cat Adoption Centre. She also gets her cardio in by being on her school’s volleyball and track and field teams. In her free time she is most likely drinking coffee while jamming out to Broadway soundtracks (her favourite is Dear Evan Hansen). This chipotle enthusiast is looking to meet all of you at future MMYC events!

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Chloe Vanderlugt

Chloe Vanderlugt

Eddy Guo

eddy.guo@markhamyouth.com

As his high school career is coming to and end, Eddy wants to make his second (and last :c) year on MMYC an exciting one, continuing to bring fun and engaging events to the youth across the GTA! If not advocating for youth involvement, Eddy is usually taking (multiple) fat naps during class, running around with his dog, or online window shopping for clothes way too expensive for his income range; feel free to say hi to him at any future events, he’ll be more than happy to talk!

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Eddy Guo

Eddy Guo

Ernest Wong

ernest.wong@markhamyouth.com

You didn’t hear me ‘Wong’, it’s Ernest Wong, a grade 11 student at St. Robert’s. He’s stoked for his first year on MMYC and this amazing opportunity to help bring spectacular events to all of you! He’s a passionate member of the community who’s always looking for new ways to get involved. Outside of MMYC, Ernest is the president of the cancer awareness club at his school, the treasurer of his school’s environmental council (he loves recycling!!!), a leader in the school’s robotics team and a part of many other amazing clubs. During his free time, he loves flipping electronics to earn extra bubble tea money. He also tutors at kumon, so if you ever need help with math homework, don’t be scared to shoot him a dm at @ernest1027. If you see him at any of the MMYC events this year don’t forget to say Hi!

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Ernest Wong

Ernest Wong

Evan Qi

evan.qi@markhamyouth.com

Evan Qi is a grade 12 student at Bayview Secondary School, and he’s more than excited to be on MMYC for his second year! He loves volunteering and being involved in his community, and in his spare time, he loves watching netflix, listening to exactly one playlist on spotify, and eating at cool new restaurants! If you ever see him struggling to park, please don’t make fun of him. Be sure to say hi to him at any of our events, he’s always happy to meet new people!

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Evan Qi

Evan Qi

Gloria Huang

gloria.huang@markhamyouth.com

Gloria Huang is a Grade 9 student at Bill Hogarth Secondary School and she is super excited for her first year on MMYC! Outside of MMYC, she is part of her school band, her school’s DECA team and a member of the Community Outreach club. When she’s not studying, she enjoys drawing, spending time with friends and volunteering in the community. If you see her at events, make sure to say hello! 🙂

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Gloria Huang

Gloria Huang

Hana Almofti

hana.almofti@markhamyouth.com

Hana (or Aru is fine) is thrilled to be on MMYC for her second year! She is a grade 12 student at Markville SS and is also a ballet dancer (at home hip hop), a DECA exec, and plays the piano for fun :). In her free time she would be scrolling through YesStyle or taking pictures of her cat. Although my astounding height (6’4) might make me a bit intimidating, please feel free to talk to me at events or on IG (@hanaalmofti)

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Hana Almofti

Hana Almofti

Ira Chandershekar

ira.chandershekar@markhamyouth.com

<span style="font-weight: 400">Ira, a 5 foot 2 inch GIANT, is a grade 12 student at Markville Secondary School, and she is beyond ecstatic to meet new people, get involved with the community, and above all, she is thrilled for her first year on MMYC! Apart from cuddling with her dog and trying out new recipes (key word: TRYING), Ira respects the DECA grind and she identifies herself as an aficionado for the organization. In her free time, you would find Ira binge watching Breaking Bad and the Mindy Project. Readers, Ira would really, REALLY appreciate if you followed her on IG @ira.chanders, and she also expects to see you attending at least one MMYC event this year! :)</span>

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Ira Chandershekar

Ira Chandershekar

Johnny Wong

johnny.wong@markhamyouth.com

Johnny’s the name! As a portrait photographer and Starbucks barista, he is a charismatic individual who enjoys giving back to the community. Johnny is currently a grade 12 student at Markville Secondary School, a student council representative, and an active volunteer at local organizations and his church community. During his free time, you can find him on the streets of Markham finding new locations to take photos to build his portfolio! Not to mention, Johnny enjoys listening to Taylor Swift (an amazing lyricist) and catching up on celebrity drama. If you ever see him anywhere feel free to say hellohe is extremely outgoing and always open to meeting new people! On a side note, follow him on Instagram @johnny.wong_ to keep up with all his latest captures 😀

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Johnny Wong

Johnny Wong

Justine Lin

justine.lin@markhamyouth.com

Hey!!  Justine, a sophomore at Unionville High School, is a second-year member on MMYC.  She is super passionate about community involvement and is tremendously excited to be working with the team to bring cool events to Markham youth.  Aside from volunteering, Justine loves collecting seashells, erasers and fancy rings. She also has a sweet tooth and loves peppermints. Feel free to strike up conversations with her at MMYC events!

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Justine Lin

Justine Lin

Kara Yang

kara.yang@markhamyouth.com

Kara Yang is the name, and yellow crocs are her game. Kara, an outgoing grade ten student at Markville Secondary School, is thrilled to be a first-year member on MMYC this year! She has always loved meeting new people and has always been passionate about youth involvement. Outside of MMYC, Kara is an obvious food, music, and crocs enthousiast. She enjoys binge watching Suits on Netflix, dabbles in ballet/lyrical/tap dance, and finds comfort in composing her own music (which is available on Spotify and iTunes;) Feel free to DM Kara @karayangg on instagram and don’t hesitate to approach her at MMYC events. She can’t wait to meet you all!

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Kara Yang

Kara Yang

Karina Florea

karina.florea@markhamyouth.com

Karina is a grade 9 student at Thornhill Secondary School, and is thrilled for her first year in the MMYC family. Karina loves meeting new people and talking to just about anyone. She’ll never say no to a conversation! Outside of MMYC, you’ll find her playing sports or at band practice- she is very passionate about being part of a team. 

In her free time, Karina also enjoys volunteering and taking care of her seven cacti (each named after her favourite movie characters). She super excited to meet everyone at future events!

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Karina Florea

Karina Florea

Manny Pahwa

manny.pahwa@markhamyouth.com

Manny is a grade 10 student at Unionville High School, and is pumped for his first year in MMYC! Manny has a very outgoing personality and loves to talk to anyone. Apart from MMYC, Manny really enjoys to play music and study for DECA! He is part of the Arts Unionville program as a percussion major, but enjoys to play trumpet as well. Manny is SUPER obsessed with DECA, so if he’s not talking to anyone, you will likely see him doing finance exams or studying his Pis. He is very excited to meeting all of you at future events!

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Manny Pahwa

Manny Pahwa

Marissa Wang

marissa.wang@markhamyouth.com

Marissa Wang is a Gr 10 student at Bayview and she’s super excited for her first year on MMYC. Marissa loves meeting new people and can’t wait to bring fun and engaging events for the youth of Markham. Apart from MMYC, Marissa is an executive of her school’s BMHC and BAC and a member of Bayview DECA. In her free time, you can catch this five foot GIANT aggressively cuddling her dog, jamming out to the Hamilton soundtrack, or tending to her ever-growing collection of succulents. Feel free to talk to her at future MMYC events or on IG (@marisssa_w)!

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Marissa Wang

Marissa Wang

Olivia Chan

olivia.chan@markhamyouth.com

Olivia is a grade 10 student at Unionville High School and is a fourth-year member on MMYC. She has always been excited about volunteering and community involvement and is super happy to be a part of this group. Aside from MMYC, Olivia helps lead the Markham Mayor’s Junior Council, and is a member of HOSA Unionville, in addition to working towards earning her ARCT certification for piano. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys watching superhero movies, travelling, and trying new foods around the GTA. She is super excited for a brand new year and working with the team.

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Olivia Chan

Olivia Chan

Patrick Ang

patrick.ang@markhamyouth.com

Look it’s Patrick! It’s his second year on MMYC and he’s looking forward to bringing another round of fun and engaging events for the youth of Markham! Patrick is a grade 11 student at St. Brother Andre CHS who loves getting involved. He is the Junior Vice President of his school’s Student Council, a member of DECA, Software Club and Model UN. He also plays hockey on the school’s team and outside of school. Patrick loves listening to music, especially John Mayer’s and is obsessed with guitar. He loves fishing as well spending a majority of his free time researching, preparing or travelling for it.

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Patrick Ang

Patrick Ang

Maxine Bisera

maxine.bisera@markhamyouth.com

Maxine Bisera is a grade 11 student at St. Brother Andre. This is her third year on MMYC, and she’s super excited for another year full of super cool events and super cool people!!!! When she’s not hanging around Warden and Hwy 7, you can usually find Maxine binge-watching shows on Netflix, lining up for Tim Hortons iced coffee, planning meetings as a part of her school’s DECA exec team, or just struggling with math homework. Maxine 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

Richard Chen

richard.chen@markhamyouth.com

Richard is a grade 12 student at Middlefield Collegiate Institute and he is super stoked for his first year on MMYC! He cannot wait for all of the cool events MMYC hosts and not to mention meeting all of the amazing people! Richard loves being involved in his school and community. He is the vice-president of both his SAC and DECA and is also a part of many other clubs! When Richard is free, which is pretty rare for him in grade 12 :(, he likes to chill with friends or binge-watch shows on Netflix *cough* Grey’s Anatomy! When you see him at events, go talk to him; he’s not scary! Also be sure to follow him @richardchen10 😀

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Richard Chen

Richard Chen

Seethaa Manoharan

seethaa.manoharan@markhamyouth.com

Seethaa is a junior at Bayview Secondary School and is incredibly excited to be a member of the Markham Mayors' Youth Council this year. She is passionate about student voice and providing equal opportunity to students all across Markham and the GTA. In her free time she loves to binge late night shows, learn about politics/business, or make sketches. Seethaa loves meeting and connecting with new people so if you ever see her at an MMYC event feel free to say Hi! She can also be found on Instagram @seethaamano or through Facebook under her full name! 😉

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Seethaa Manoharan

Seethaa Manoharan

Sidd Mittal

sidd.mittal@markhamyouth.com

Yeah you already know who it is... ya boy Siddartha aka Sidd Mittal! This is his second year on MMYC, and he is super excited to bring Markham some dope events! Outside of MMYC, he is the President of Unionville High Schools SAC and apart of his DECA chapter! Apart from extracurriculars, Sidd loves listening to some good Hip-Hop/R&B; his favourite artists include Anders, Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Lil Mosey, and 88Rising (Yes, he has many favourites). Anyways, if you wanna talk music @ an MMYC event, just approach him, he's a super friendly guy. Or, just follow him on instagram: @siddmittal_

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Sidd Mittal

Sidd Mittal