Meet the members
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is an incredible group of eight fierce youth who plan and run Project Acorn.
Ash is a disabled transmasculine person who really loves animals. They are an owner of 4 cats. They’ve been coming to Camp Ten Oaks since they were 12, and this will be their second year at Project Acorn. They are also into crystals, music and video editing.
Alexander Garcia (he/they) is a transmasculine nonbinary individual, 2nd generation canadian, and an activist. His passions include advocating to equity, better trans healthcare and educating others. Alex is a facilitator for Ottawa’s first By and For trans youth group; SAEFTY (Support and Education for Trans Youth) Ottawa. Alex also gives presentations to schools and events about trans allyship and experiences. To Alex, Project Acorn is another amazing opportunity to reach out to the queer community and celebrate identities, share knowledge and meet amazing people.
Bryan identifies as a nonbinary queer immigrant from Philippines. They are passionate in programming, program development, and community building for youth. They are also passionate in being an advocate for equitable human rights, and have been a reliable volunteer in the LGBTQ+ community since their arrival in Canada. Bryan is a recent graduate of the Human Kinetics program at the University of Ottawa, and is aiming for a career in Sports Policy and Management. They are goal-oriented and success-driven, and also fun and vivacious. Watch out for Bryan! They will always serve a variety of looks and will slay the competition.
Elliot (They/Them) is a queer and non-binary kid living in Ottawa. They just finished their grade 12 year and are heading into hairdressing school in the fall. You can find them playing guitar, rugby, singing, making bracelets, or hanging out in the woods! They attended Camp Ten Oaks for 2 years as well as working as a part of the Youth Advisory Committee last year. Come talk to them about music, witchcraft, rugby, nature, or swimming!
Zoé Johnston has worked with youth from the beginning, with Be Your Best Acting School as the assistant director going on 4 years. Being a new YAC she will bring her theatrical skills to Project Acorn. She also Is the Producer and Radio host of This Is Heart City on CHUO. She speaks with Artist, activist, and anyone doing new and different things In and around our city.
Nina is a non-binary poet/potato (poetato) tree fanatic. They spend their days blowing bubbles in unusual places and being envious of other’s doggos. Nina has survived and grown through A LOT™ and hopes that their experience can benefit others in a peer support capacity in the future. Nina has attended Project Acorn twice as a participant and is excited to be involved this year on the YAC.
*Please note that not all YAC members might be comfortable being named publicly and so the above is not a full listing.