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

Director of 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.

Parker Li

Director of Research
As the Director of Research at GLOCAL, Parker manages the data collection and analysis. He is also involved in research projects on Canadian governance and others. He is currently doing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He attained his MA in Political Science from UBC and his BSc in Global China Studies from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In his spare time, Parker enjoys watching movies (he is a part-time movie critic) and spending time in nature.

Parker respectfully acknowledges that he is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

Raghu Rajendran

Director of Business Management and Organizational Development
As an private sector business professional, Raghu brings his global working experience in more than 26 countries to his role at GLOCAL. He looks managing the development of GLOCAL as a catalyst of social change while assisting in organizational transformation. 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.

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.

Nina Russell

Compliance Officer
As a Compliance Officer, Nina researches the legal framework underlying GLOCAL's work and ensures compliance with federal and provincial election law. She is a second-year student in the University of Ottawa and Carleton University's MA/JD (International Affairs) program, and enjoys good books, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends.

Nina respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People.

Gemma Hauser

Youth Engagement Officer
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 Youth Engagement Officer is an exciting opportunity that holds a lot of potential in recruiting 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.

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.

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.

Nehal Gupta

Research Associate
As a Research Associate at GLOCAL, Nehal conducts research into Canada’s digital citizenship at the local government level from a public policy lens. She is currently pursuing the Master in Public Policy and Global Affairs Program at the University of British Columbia, and completed her bachelor studies in Sociology from University of Delhi, India. In her spare time, Nehal enjoys staying connected with friends and learning about new people.

Nehal respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm Musqueam People.

Maira Malik

Research Associate
As a Research Associate at GLOCAL, Maira (B.A. Political Science University of British Columbia 2021) aims to engage more voters in the democratic processes of Canadian elections. Maira has a keen interest in the relationship between modern media and political engagement. Maira is currently completing her M.A. in public policy and global affairs at the University of British Columbia. She is always on the move to create interdisciplinary solutions to gaps in public policies, especially those involving democratic engagement. In her spare time, she loves to run, try new food places, and snowboard.

Maira respectfully acknowledges that she resides on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territory of the coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, and is grateful to be able to do so.

Alexia Chambers

Research Associate
As a Research Associate at GLOCAL, Alexia seeks to help build a robust democratic culture by creating engaging and accessible content for Canadians. She believes establishing reliable digital avenues for civic engagement is essential to the current and future strength of Canadian democracy. Alexia is currently studying International Relations at the University of British Columbia. In her spare time, she can typically be found baking a pie, reading a book, or hiking.

Alexia respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works on the traditional and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People.

Navneet Bhangu

Research Associate
As a Research Associate at GLOCAL, Navneet raises awareness about the importance of political literacy through presenting information on various political leaders and topics. Navneet attends the University of British Columbia and is in her third year majoring in Sociology. Aside from work, Navneet loves to dance, write poetry, and watch thrilling movies.

Navneet respectfully acknowledges that she is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen First Nations.

Hannah Stojicevic

Research Associate
As a Research Associate 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.

Arnold Yung

Volunteer
As a volunteer at GLOCAL, Arnold is excited to create engaging content for the team's social media platforms. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Honours Bachelor of Arts in History, Contemporary Asian Studies and Political Science. In his spare time, Arnold enjoys going on long runs at the park, relaxing with friends at the bench and reading the Economist at cafes.

Arnold respectfully acknowledges that he is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinabewaki, Wendake-Nionwentsïo and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

Shahnur Haque

Research Volunteer
As a Research Volunteer at GLOCAL, Shahnur conducts research into Canada’s political systems and electoral processes. She graduated from the Coventry University, England with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Shahnur loves reading and photography.

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

May Zhao

Volunteer
As a volunteer at GLOCAL, May aims to raise awareness on the importance of civic understanding and engagement in Canada. She is currently a student at Grant Park High School. In her spare time, May enjoys reading novels, listening to podcasts, and playing the piano.

May respectfully acknowledges that she is located 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.

Moriah Bennett

Community Engagement and Research Volunteer
As a volunteer at GLOCAL, Moriah is working as a support for educational programs and community engagement. Currently studying at the University of Ottawa, Moriah is pursuing a Bachelor of Social Science with Joint Honours in Anthropology and Sociology. With a passion for adventure, Moriah spends her free time learning about and enjoying the world around her to its fullest potential by exploring new experiences with old and new friends alike.

I would like to respectfully acknowledge that I am located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People.

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