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.

Jerina Forestall

Indigenous Community Engagement Officer
Jerina is dedicated to reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. At GLOCAL, she has strived to create informative guides and e-toolkits to educate Canadians and fellow colleagues on Indigenous Matters. Jerina’s educational background in International Relations – alongside an M.A. in Organized Crime and Global Security – has helped her 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.

Berry Yan

Communications Coordinator
As the Communications Coordinator at GLOCAL, Berry works in both the legislators engagement team and the social media team to actively connect the public to their representatives. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, St. George studying International Relations, Linguistics, and Contemporary Asian Studies. She is a passionate home cook and foodie, and enjoys singing and travelling (when it is safe to do so).

Berry respectfully acknowledges that her time is split between 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, and the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat people.

Raghu Rajendran

Organizational Development Coordinator
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.

Sandrine Mounier

Public Engagement Officer
Sandrine works on GLOCAL's public engagement, focusing particularly on engaging French-speaking communities. She is a PhD candidate in Urban Studies, after having been an architect for several years. Sandrine enjoys meeting people from all across the world and values the shared experiences of Canadian residents and their diverse backgrounds.

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 with a major in Criminology and a minor in Sociology and Political Science. She is an advocate for social justice and joined GLOCAL in efforts to 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 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.

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 alumnus of the University of Queensland (double-majoring in Public Policy and Criminology) and 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.

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.

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.

Sakib Wasif Mohammed

Research Assistant
As a Research Assistant at GLOCAL, Sakib shares the passion of his colleagues in supporting Canadians to navigate 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 with a degree in Health Studies. In his leisure time, Sakib 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
As a Research Assistant at GLOCAL, Gemma is eager to join the grassroots initiative in making changes on the front lines with her colleagues. She is a high-school student from Winnipeg, Manitoba. In her spare time, Gemma loves 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
As a Research Assistant at GLOCAL, Rukhsor supports the grassroots initiative that facilitates civic engagement and democratic participation. She is an alumnus of McMaster University with a B.A. in Political Science. During her time in university, she applied her knowledge of politics to an internship at the City of Hamilton as a Graffiti Enforcement and Victim Assistance Bylaw Officer working closely with councillors, organizations, and the public. She is a self-proclaimed Sudoku queen who 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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