Meet the members
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is an incredible group of eight fierce youth who plan and run Project Acorn.
Asia is pursuing a combined honours in Global Politics and Human Rights at Carleton University. In her spare time, she can be found venturing around Ottawa looking for new places to discover. She has been involved with the Ten Oaks Project starting as a MAC (Middle Acorn Camper) in 2006 at Camp Ten Oaks. She is excited to be a part of the Project Acorn re-launch and continue her Ten Oaks experience in a new role!
Cosima is a certified dog trainer living in Ottawa, and a graduate with an Honours Degree in Criminology. Shes pent about four-five years in varying levels of homelessness when she found out she was going to be a mother to her beautiful galaxy girl. She enrolled in university when her daughter was two months old to become a studious single mom. Since then, she has become passionate about advocating for homelessness prevention, including telling her story at the National Conference for Ending Homelessness in 2015. She believes in the use of animal-assisted therapy and plans to someday create a program to train service dogs in a prison setting. Until then, Cosima lives with her daughter, loving partner Ashley, cat, and two dogs, Xena and Echo. She spends her spare time training her pack and enjoying the company of her chosen family (or as they like to call it, Ohana). If she’s out and about, you’ll see her with her service dog, Echo, the Australian Cattle Dog. He maybe super cute and loveable, but please respect the fact that he is a working dog. Do not interact with him while he’s in his vest, but once he’s off duty he’s a cuddler, and always down for a Puppy Party!
Julia is a queer, youth enthusiast and summer camp die-hard. At the age of 14, she co-founded Camp Stella Puella, a social action and self-esteem camp, which she co-directed for eight years.Julia’s academic and political passions are in feminist organizing and migrant rights. She couldn’t be more thrilled to put her skills, heart and dance moves into Project Acorn this summer!
*Please note that not all YAC members might be comfortable being named publicly and so the above is not a full listing.