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 her 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 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.

Raghu Rajendran

Organizational Development Director
As an organizational development professional, Raghu brings his global working experience in more than 26 countries to his role at GLOCAL, where he assists in fostering personal and cultural development. Previously based out of India and Singapore (and now in Winnipeg, Manitoba), Raghu has helped upscale businesses and improve service standards for large American and European MNCs. With a passion for sports, such as tennis and cricket, Raghu loves to spend time with family and friends, as well as drum up new games and trivia quizzes when called for. He is also an avid movie buff and loves 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.

Julie Dodwell

Immigrants Engagement Officer
As the Immigrants Engagement Officer at GLOCAL, Julie provides research and community outreach support to engage immigrant communities across Canada. She graduated from Laval University with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and International Studies and went on to study at the Common Law Faculty at the University of Ottawa. In her spare time, Julie enjoys listening to music, hiking, reading, dancing, and learning langages.

Julie respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the traditional territory of the Wendake-Nionwentsïo, Petun, Mississauga, Ho-de-no-sau-nee-ga (Haudenosaunee) and Anishinabewaki first nations.

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.

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.

Gemma Hauser

Youth Engagement

Allison Cadigal

Indigenous Community Engagement Officer
As the Indigenous Community Engagement Officer at GLOCAL, Allison is thrilled to leverage a keen eye for understanding Indigenous affairs in Canada and supporting Canadians to demonstrate their recognition of Indigenous matters and their history by involving civic engagement on all fronts. She is currently in her final year at the University of British Columbia, studying Political Science and International Relations. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, playing music, figure skating, and going for nature walks.

Allison respectfully acknowledges that she resides on the unceded traditional territory of the Katzie, Semiahmoo, Kwantlen and other Coast Salish Peoples.

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.

Nina Russell

Compliance Officer

Karley Woodson

Research Associate
As a Research Associate at GLOCAL, Karley conducts research into Canada’s political systems and electoral processes. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. In her spare time, Karley enjoys staying connected with friends, getting lost in a good book and creating new recipes in the kitchen.

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

Navneet Bhangu

Research Intern

Rohil Sharma

Research Intern
Rohil is a student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) who is passionate about civic engagement and increasing democratic participation among Canadian residents and citizens. Informing his work at GLOCAL, Rohil's experiences in community outreach and social services have taught him the importance of local engagement as a means to understand global matters. In his spare time, Rohil can be found volunteering in the non-profit sector or on UBC's beautiful Vancouver campus.

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.

Hannah Stojicevic

Research Intern
As a Research Assistant at GLOCAL, Hannah is committed to building avenues of civic participation in Canada, especially in terms of what democratic culture looks like beyond voting. Born in Vancouver, Hannah is a fourth-year honours political science student in the Dual Degree Program between the University of British Columbia and SciencesPo, specializing in the Middle East and the Mediterranean during her time in France.

Hannah 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.

Alexia Chambers

Research Intern

Nehal Gupta

Research Intern

Andreas Petersen

Research Intern

Maira Malik

Research Intern

Louis Zheng

Research Intern

Ruby Taylor

Research Intern

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