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 innovation, 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 her the importance of global understanding and local engagement, which led her to create GLOCAL, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to digital civic engagement and youth engagement 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 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.

Raghu Rajendran

Organizational Development Manager


I would like to respectfully acknowledge that I am located on the territory covered by Treaty 1, the traditional territory of the Anishinabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis nation.

Arian Ahmadi

Project Manager, Community Engagement
Arian Ahmadi has over 20 years of experience under different capacities in sales, event planning, social affairs and management, she has worked with a number of Embassies, non-profit organizations, and private companies. Mrs. Ahmadi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from George Mason University and an M.B.A. from Trinity Washington University.

Arian respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the unceded territory of the First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Algonquin Anishinaabeg people.

Joseph Ong

Project Manager, Digital Products and Services
As a Project Manager at GLOCAL, Joseph is responsible for overseeing the project throughout the entire lifecycle. He graduated from University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Enterprise Management. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys curating recipes, playing video games and exploring Web 4.0 business applications.

Joseph respectfully acknowledges that he is located on the traditional territories Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabeg peoples.

Leo Lam

Project Manager, Operations & Compliance


We acknowledge we are gathered on Treaty 1 Territory and that Manitoba is located on the Treaty Territories and ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Anishininewuk, Dakota Oyate, Denesuline and Nehethowuk Nations. We acknowledge Manitoba is located on the Homeland of the Red River Métis.

Carla Caruana

Project Manager, Public Education
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.

Vicky Huang

Project Manager
Vicky is a project manager and data analyst at GLOCAL, specializing in legislator database construction, volunteer management system development, and data visualization. With an LL.M. degree from China and an MBA from Canada, she brings an interdisciplinary educational background to her role. Having gained valuable experience at a prominent law firm, Vicky enjoys connecting with friends, reading captivating books, and hiking in her free time.

Vicky respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the traditional territories of the Tsawwassen, Musqueam and other Coast Salish peoples.

Laurie Gao

Data Analyst
As a Data Analyst at GLOCAL, Laurie conducts traffic analysis on GLOCAL's platforms and supports the data team to uncover insights from internal and external data sources. She obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science in Management Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Currently, she is studying in the Mater of Data Science program at Columbia University. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys exploring new cocktail recipes, going on road trips, and gaming with friends.

Laurie respectfully acknowledges that she is fortunate to be able to gather on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish People.

Christian Liau

Participant Success Manager, Communications
Christian is a Participant Success Manager at GLOCAL, responsible for assisting with social media and creating content! In university, he graduated from the Creative Industries program at Toronto Metropolitan University and learned about all things design, from fashion to 3D to UI/UX. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, and sewing.

Christian respectfully acknowledges that he is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.

Dorothy Leom

Public Engagement Coordinator
As the Public Engagement Coordinator within GLOCAL's dynamic marketing team, I'm Dorothy—a dedicated professional passionate about connecting and communicating within our vibrant community. My marketing education forms the basis, bringing together theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to drive our initiatives forward. Outside of work, I enjoy making tasty coffee blends, exploring hiking trails, and always learning new creative and always learning new creative skills.

We respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we work and create is the traditional and unceded territory of the Indigenous peoples. In particular, we recognize the rich cultural heritage and deep connection of the diverse Indigenous communities across British Columbia. We are grateful for the opportunity to live and work on this land, and we commit to fostering an environment of respect, learning, and collaboration with the Indigenous peoples who have cared for this land for generations.

Gemma Hauser

Participant Success Manager, Social Media
As a recent high school graduate, Gemma is eager to take on the obstacles in post secondary education head on! She has accepted her offer to McGill University and is eager to roam Montreal's restaurants, art, and architecture. Her new role as Participant Success Manager, Social Media is an exciting opportunity that holds a lot of potential in assisting a younger demographic. In her spare time, Gemma loves experimenting in the kitchen with different recipes and cuisines.

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.

Nick Liu

Program Officer, Data Management
Nick Liu serves as the Program Officer for Data Management at GLOCAL Foundation of Canada in Richmond, BC. A Northeastern University graduate with a focus in Computer Science, he specializes in Python, Java, C++, and advanced data management technologies. At GLOCAL since 2023, Nick has enhanced data gathering and analysis, contributing significantly to strategic decision-making. His leadership in applying agile methodologies and his technical expertise make him a key asset in the realm of data management.

Nick acknowledge and respect that he is on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Musqueam, Tsawwassen, and Kwantlen First Nations. These territories have been occupied by Indigenous peoples since time immemorial, and he is grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and learn here. He recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land and are committed to honoring and supporting their rights and sovereignty.

Harriet Chiu

Participant Success Manager, Social Media
I am proud to be part of a team that is dedicated to assisting Canadians, especially youth and newcomers, from diverse backgrounds in every possible way. Having personally experienced the journey of being a newcomer, I understand the importance of a supportive environment and a warm welcome to Canada, and GLOCAL has been instrumental in providing exactly that. Within the GLOCAL community, I have discovered newfound courage to face challenges head-on and have forged meaningful connections with fellow individuals who have become an integral part of our cherished Canadian society. I am passionate about sharing these stories and experiences to inspire and empower others on their own journeys. With my expertise in communication, I strive to effectively convey the impact and value of GLOCAL's mission to a wider audience, ensuring that the voices of newcomers are heard and their needs are met.

We acknowledge we are gathered on Treaty 1 Territory and that Manitoba is located on the Treaty Territories and ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Anishininewuk, Dakota Oyate, Denesuline and Nehethowuk Nations. We acknowledge Manitoba is located on the Homeland of the Red River Métis.

May Zhao

Immigrants Engagement Officer
As an Immigrants Engagement Officer at GLOCAL, Mabel works to support civic engagement within Canada's immigrant and refugee communities. She recently graduated high school and is planning on pursuing a degree in Media, Information, and Technoculture at Western University. In her spare time, Mabel enjoys reading detective novels, watching Mad Men, and going for coffee and long walks.

Mabel respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the territory covered by Treaty 1, the traditional territory of the Anishinabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis nation.

Yusra Saadat

Program Officer
As Program Officer at GLOCAL, I work on community engagement and program administration. I am an undegraduate at Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Social Justice. In my spare time, I enjoy staying connected with friends, capturing the beauty of nature with my camera, and creating new recipes in the kitchen.

I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.

Madina Mashkoori

Program Officer
As Program Officer at GLOCAL, I work on community engagement and youth engagement. I am currently an undergraduate student at Carleton University with a Bachelor of Global and International Studies Specialization in Global Politics. In my spare time, I enjoy staying connected with friends and family, reading, cooking, and running.

I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people.

Helen Guan

Youth Development Coordinator
As a Youth Development Coordinator at GLOCAL, Helen works to create community-driven youth outreach projects to foster civic engagement. Entering her fourth year in Honours political science at the University of British Columbia, Helen is passionate about critical theory, grassroots work, and opening avenues of accessibility at every stage of the political process. In her spare time, you can find her reading, writing, and perusing playlists.

Helen respectfully acknowledges that she resides on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Kryzz Serrano

Social Media Community Manager
As a Social Media Community Manager at GLOCAL, Kryzz oversees campaigns, coordinates with different teams, and ensures brand consistency across all platforms. She is currently studying Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Political Science at the Dalhousie University. In her spare time, Kryzz enjoys watching travel vlogs, reading good books, and connecting with friends.

Kryzz respectfully acknowledge that she resides on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq and Wəlastəkwiyik. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726.

Zaynah Mohamad

Research Assistant


I would like to begin by acknowledging that we are in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people first signed with the British Crown in 1725.

Hadya Ashraf

Data Administrator
Hadya is GLOCAL’s Data Administrator and is in charge of database management. She is committed to identifying the most effective and efficient ways to deliver accurate and relevant information to YouCount Platform users in order to increase political participation and civic engagement. Hadya is a senior student at the University of Toronto with a focus on social sciences and humanities. She is a passionate social advocate and community worker who believes in collective action in addressing public concerns and alleviating social barriers to be instrumental to democracy. On her own time, she likes to read books, socialize with friends, and enjoys biking along the creek trails of Toronto.

Hadya respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat people. She also acknowledges that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.

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.

Blair Maddock

Research Assistant
As a volunteer at GLOCAL, his aim is to help bridge the gap between Canadians of all groups, including the military, to provide better political engagement for all Canadians. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with degrees in Political Science and History. He is a published academic author with publications on the subjects of Political Economy, disinformation, and healthcare policy in Canada. In his free time, he enjoys writing, tutoring and exploring historical ruins.

I would like to recognize that I am on the traditional territory of the Oromocto First Nations, seized in the Anglo-French war of 1758.

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