About Us

We are united in our mission to promote global awareness through local engagement in Canada.

About YouCount.ca

Our digital civic engagement platform is called YouCount.ca. When users enter their location into YouCount.ca, they are provided with profiles of their corresponding political representatives and information about their work. As a means to accommodate Canada’s multicultural and diverse population, YouCount.ca can be browsed in 109 different languages. We hope that YouCount.ca can be a one-stop website for Canadian citizens and residents to learn about the three levels of Canadian government and engage with their political representatives.

About Our Parent Foundation — GLOCAL

YouCount.ca is a project of GLOCAL Foundation of Canada, which is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that focuses on grassroots initiatives to facilitate local civic engagement and global understanding.
As of July 2021, our GLOCAL team is composed of 90+ staff, consultants, advisors, and volunteers from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. GLOCAL and YouCount.ca are for all Canadians but have a focus on youth, seniors, marginalized groups (the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and BIPOC individuals), immigrants & refugees, Indigenous communities, and overseas Canadians.

Research and Data Driven

We are an official partner of The Consortium on Electoral Democracy/Consortium de la démocratie électorale (C-Dem), a network of researchers, electoral management boards, policy makers, and civil society organizations who investigate the well-being of Canadian democracy.

Meet The Team

Our team members are located across the country and speak over 20 languages.

Management Team Members

Faye Ying

Founder & Executive Director
Passionate about people engagement and social development, Faye has worked in Canada's Parliament, at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in the venture capital industry, and for the United Nations. Her diverse international and domestic work experience has taught the importance of global understanding and local engagement, which led her to create GLOCAL, a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to civic engagement and democratic participation in Canada. Faye received her B.A. from UBC and an M.A. from Harvard University. She is a proud mother who is constantly juggling the responsibilities of the family, work, and community services.

Faye respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

Carla Caruana

Research Director
Dr. Caruana (Ph.D. University of Western Ontario, 2016) is a political scientist whose work focuses on elections, political behaviour and democratic institutions. She enjoys gaming, lifting heavy things and putting them down again repeatedly, food, and furred quadrupedal companions.

Dr. Caruana does not reveal her location for safety reasons, but the entire country is legally and morally obliged to respect that Indigenous nations hold sovereignty and title here, and it is long since time for reparations.

Noah Davis

Legislator Engagement Coordinator
Noah is the Coordinator of Legislator Engagement with GLOCAL. In that role, he works with political representatives at all levels of government to facilitate civic engagement with their constituents through the Youcount platform and other channels. Received a B.A. at Dalhousie University (Dal), Noah will begin a Masters of Public Administration as well as a Social Impact Investing Fellowship with HSBC and the UBC Sauder School of Business in the Fall of 2021. Outside of work, Noah enjoys reading, playing basketball, seeing family and friends, and spending time with his two dogs, Winnie and Wilbur.

Noah respectfully acknowledges that he is located in K’jipuktuk (Halifax), on the unceded territory of Mi’Kma’ki.

Chloe Simpson

Communications Coordinator
Chloe recently completed a B.A. in International Development at the University of Guelph and will be returning to school to begin a Master of Planning at Dalhousie University. She is passionate about community development and believes that civic engagement is a key component for healthy, sustainable communities. Outside of work, Chloe has been an artistic swimmer for 17 years. She also enjoys gardening and spending time with her dog Shadow.

Chloe respectfully acknowledges that she is located on Mi'kma"ki, the traditional territory of the Mi'kmaq people.

Stephanie Lowe

Indigenous Matters Coordinator
Stephanie is Indigenous Matters Coordinator at GLOCAL. She and her team are passionate about facilitating public access to trusted information on indigenous matters, especially for new Canadians and young people. Stephanie is from England, but has lived in New Zealand, Poland, Australia, most recently, Vancouver, Canada. She has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Otago. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering to assist newcomers with settlement, grant writing for non-profits, reading about anything and everything, and creating videos about personal travelling experiences.

Stephanie respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

Jerina Forestall

Indigenous Community Engagement Officer
Jerina is dedicated to reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples in Canada and through her role at GLOCAL, strives to create informative guides and e-toolkits to educate Canadians and fellow colleagues on Indigenous Matters. Her educational background in International Relations alongside an M.A.in Organised Crime and Global Security has helped Jerina in her role. In her spare time, Jerina enjoys working out, hiking and finding a good pastry!

Jerina respectfully acknowledges that her home is located on the stunningly beautiful unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples.

Amy Murphy

Project Administration Officer
Amy is Project Administration Officer at GLOCAL. Amy is from Newfoundland, the easternmost province of Canada. She received her BA from Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in geography and psychology. In her free time, she can be found the St. John's downtown waterfront or tending to her houseplants.

Amy respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the ancestral unceded homelands of the Mi’kmaq and the Beothuk.

Sandrine Mounier

Public Engagement Officer
Sandrine works on public engagement focusing on French-speaking communities. She is a PhD candidate in Urban Studies, after having been an architect for several years. Sandrine enjoys meet people from all over the world to share emotional experiences about living all together in Canada.

Raghu Rajendran

Organizational Development Coordinator
As an organizational development professional, Raghu brings his global working experience in more than 26 countries to this role where he assists to shape the people and culture development at GLOCAL. Previously based out of India and Singapore, and now in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Raghu has helped scale up businesses and helped improved service standards for large American and European MNCs. With a passion for sports like tennis and cricket, he loves to spend time with family and friends and drumming up new games and trivia quizzes when called for. He is also an avid movie buff and all things "space" (To Infinity... and Beyond)!

Raghu respectfully acknowledges that he is located on the territory covered by Treaty 1 and that the lands on which we are gathered are part of the traditional territory of the Anishinabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and of the homeland. of the Métis nation

Anna Petroseniak

Youth Engagement Officer
Anna is a passionate highschool student committed to making civic engagement appealing and accessible to youth across Canada through her work at GLOCAL. Devoted to learning as she grows, Anna enjoys reading, traveling and having light-hearted debates with like-minded peers.

Anna respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg, Huron-Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations.

Venuya Selvanathan

Immigrants Engagement Officer
Venuya is the Immigrant Engagement Officer at GLOCAL. She provides research and community outreach support to engage immigrant communities across Canada. She graduated from the University of Toronto-St. George Campus with a major in Criminology and minor in Sociology and Political Science. She is an advocate for social justice and joined GLOCAL in order to help promote civic engagement amongst youth.

Venuya respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the Scugog, Hiawatga, and Alderville First Nation.

Dena Sharafdin

Overseas Canadians Engagement Officer
Dena is the Overseas Canadians Engagement Officer at GLOCAL. She works to support the engagement of overseas Canadians in domestic democratic participation. Dena is an alma mater of York University. In her spare time she enjoys playing music, reading, and cooking new recipes.

Dena respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the unceded territory of the Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Jeffrey Nicol

Administration Officer
Jeffrey serves as the Administration Officer at GLOCAL. He managers operations at GLOCAL including to facilitate cross-team collaboration, strengthen project management, coordinate recruitment, manage partnerships, and support other organizational managers. In addition. Outside of work he competes in running events and triathlons.

Jeffrey respectfully acknowledges that he is located on Treaty 7 territory, which is the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Metis Nation of Alberta.

Leo Lam

Compliance Officer
Leo is the Compliance Officer at GLOCAL. His legal work experience includes litigation, as well as the management of various contentious and non-contentious legal matters. He is an alumni of the University of Queensland (double-majored in Public Policy and Criminology), and he is currently pursuing an LLB at the University of London.

Leo respectfully acknowledges that he resides on Treaty 1 territory ,traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Alistair Yee

Data Administrator
Alistair is GLOCAL's Data Administrator, in charge of database management. He is focused on finding the best ways to presenting accurate and relevant information to users of the Youcount platform in order to foster greater engagement in civic affairs and democratic participation. Alistair received his B.S. in Statistics from UBC. On his own time, Alistair likes to relax and watch movies and tv shows. He likes playing badminton with his friends and going on the occasional hike on one of BC's many hiking trails.

Alistair respectfully acknowledges that he is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

Alexander Tran

Events Coordinator
Alex is the Events Coordinator at GLOCAL. He studied Sociology at Queen's University and Human Resources at George Brown College. His hobbies are reading, writing and travelling

Alex respectfully acknowledges that he is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, including the Missisaugas of the Credit, Haudenosaunee, and Wyandot.

Nina Russell

Research Assistant
As a Research Assistant at GLOCAL, Nina works on the relationship between the media and public trust. She graduated from McGill University with a Joint Honours Degree in Political Science and History. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time at the beach.

Nina respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Rohil Sharma

Research Assistant
As a Research Assistant at GLOCAL, Rohil is dedicated to increasing political literacy and efficacy among migrant communities through cultural tailoring. He is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia who is passionate about the relationship between cultural zeitgeist and civic engagement. In his spare time, Rohil can be found reading, building his record collection, or at the beach. He is currently a student at the University of British Columbia.

Rohil respectfully acknowledges that he is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

Sakib Wasif Mohammed

Research Assistant
As a Research Assistant at GLOCAL, Sakib shares the passion of colleagues in supporting Canadians to navigate our political institutions with ease and transparency. His interdisciplinary research interests revolve around topics related to Social Determinants of Health, Anti-Discriminatory Policies, and Indigenous Health. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in Health Studies. In his off time, he enjoys hiking, archery, working out, cooking, and watching documentaries.

Sakib respectfully acknowledges that he is located on the unceded territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, Haudenosaunee and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River.

Gemma Hauser

Research Assistant
Gemma is a Research Assistant at GLOCAL and is eager to join the grassroots initiatives to make changes at the front lines with colleagues. Gemma is a highschool student from Winnipeg, Manitoba. In her spare time, I love to bake cakes, cookies and pastries, and play hockey!

Gemma respectively acknowledges that she resides on Treaty 1 territory ,traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Rukhsor Khush Mohammed

Research Assistant
Rukhsor serves as Research Assistant at GLOCAL supporting the grassroots initiatives that facilitates civic engagement and democratic participation. She is an alma mater of McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During her time at university, she applied her knowledge of politics in an internship at the City of Hamilton as a Graffiti Enforcement and Victim Assistance By-law Officer working closely with councillors, the public and organizations. She's a self-proclaimed Suduko queen that loves baking, reading, watching excessive amounts of Netflix and taking long hikes.

Rukhsor respectfully acknowledges that she is located on traditional territories of the Mississauga, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Attiwonderonk (Neutral), ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ (Anishinabewaki), and Ho-de-no-sau-nee-ga (Haudenosaunee) Nations.

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