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Westside SS student selected to attend national summit on allyship and advocacy

May 4, 2022

A grade 9 student from Westside Secondary School is one of 60 participants from across Canada to attend a youth summit on allyship and advocacy. 

Aislinn from Westside will join youth from across the country for the Experiences Canada summit in Winnipeg this May. 

Youth were invited to apply by sharing their perspective about allyship. According to summit organizers, Experiences Canada received twice as many applications as it had spaces available. 

Experiences Canada says that over the past several months, “the youth have been preparing by attending virtual meetings regularly to learn about a variety of allyship topics including Islamophobia, LBGBTQ2S+, Reconciliation, accessibility for persons living with disabilities, environmental racism, mental health, and the impacts of social media.”

Aislinn is one of only a handful chosen to attend from Ontario and as a Grade 9 student she is amongst the youngest who will be attending. 

Aislinn has been working hard on creating podcasts on allyship topics including Islamophobia, 2SLGBTQIA+, Reconciliation, accessibility for persons living with disabilities, and environmental racism. She has become involved in politics over the last few years, and cares deeply about making things fair and equitable for people.  Last year she graduated from Mono Amaranth Public School where she was Student Council President. 

Congratulations Aislinn!

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