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Next Up Vancouver 2013-2014
Meet the current Next Up Vancouver Year 7 group (2013-2014)!

Amy completed her Bachelors of Microbiology at Simon Fraser University, minoring in English. During her pursuit of education, canada goose branta livigno on sale passionately raised awareness and funds for humanitarian causes as the chair of the SFU Red Cross Club and SFU Doctors without Borders clubs; canada goose branta livigno on sale also led the Swing Dance Club.

After completing her Honours project in HIV research, canada goose branta livigno on sale traveled to Ukraine to teach HIV education at high schools/ universities. She then received a scholarship to do her PhD at Queensland University of Technology, where she studied the effects of hyperinsulinemia on prostate cancer and how off-patent drugs, which would be much more affordable for patients, could target those effects. While studying, she founded the QUT chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and interned at Cambia Patent Lens.

Amy now works Vancouver Prostate Centre, and volunteers for municipal political committees and organization of environmental rallies. She dreams of revolutionizing health care to focus on prevention and affordability, and protecting the environment for future generations of humans and animals alike.

Amy also loves hiking the mountains and kayaking, and if science does not work as a career, her love of experimental baking and canning will lead her to open a bakery and save the world with cookies.

Originally from Ottawa, Josh lived and worked in Canada’s north and on Vancouver Island before settling in Vancouver. He has volunteered with the Katimavik program on the Gitsegukla reserve in northern BC, cycled across BC while putting on a play about the environment with ‘The Otesha Project’, and WWOOFed in Quebec.

Since arriving in Vancouver, Josh has sought to apply his legal education to issues of social and environmental justice. He is currently a Staff Representative with the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, where he represents the union and its members before the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the Labour Relations Board, and at arbitrations.

In his spare time, Josh co-hosts the program Common Law Radio on Vancouver Co-op Radio, trots out his limited cross-country skiing skills, and can be found hiking Vancouver’s nearby mountains.

Megan has been active in Vancouver’s arts and culture community as a writer, editor, production manager, and programmer for the past ten years. She earned her Master of Publishing from Simon Fraser University in 2011, and was the editor of Ricepaper Magazine, and a founding editor of Sad Mag.

Currently a publishing-industry pro by day, Megan loves using her editorial and creative skills to spread good and meaningful ideas. She is a voracious reader with relatively indiscriminate taste, but also a bent toward ideas and stories around food and food culture. An unabashed aesthete, Megan easily delights in art, performance, design and architecture.

A volunteer for the YWCA High School Mentorship Program and Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, Megan has community service in her bones. In 2013, she helped to transform the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market into an inclusive, accessible space for dialogue, community, arts, and small business.

Omar Chu was born and raised in the “Burquitlam” area before setting off to the University of Bradford to acquire a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Peace Studies. In Bradford, he became interested in migration issues as he became involved with several refugee organisations including serving as the General Secretary of the University of Bradford Union Student Action for Refugees Society. He also joined the Student Union’s Amnesty International society, became a mentor with PeaceJam UK, and helped organise the Media and Conflict Interchange and the Peace Studies Department’s Gender Day. Aside from volunteering and schoolwork, he played for, coached, and helped run the university ice hockey club. Having returned to British Columbia, he is now attempting to jump head-first into making his community and the world a better place.

Scott holds a Masters in International Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Economics from the University of British Columbia. Scott has chaired a number of committees with Oxfam Canada, Make Poverty History and has been a spokesperson for the We Can End All Violence Against Women campaign. In the private sector Scott has worked in a market research and sales capacity with Sauder Industries and Unifiller Systems, an industry leader in food processing and automation.

At the beginning of 2009, Scott took a position with ICEF Canada as their Program Director in Uganda. After his tenure as Program Director, Scott stayed on with ICEF as a board member and has worked on their media and e-communications.

In the fall of 2012 Scott finished his thesis on the politics of development in Uganda and the implementation of the controversial 2006 NGO Act. A version of this paper was recently published in the Simons Papers in Security and Development.

Maya developed a fascination for the environment at a young age, exploring the underbrush of west coast forests, observing insects, and creating imaginative worlds from the helm of a tree fort.

Maya went to school at the University of Victoria where she was involved with the UVic Sustainability Project and local food movement on campus. She holds a B.Sc. in Geography and Environmental Studies and is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. Maya began working with City Green Solutions in 2008 where she has worn many hats and worked with a variety of stakeholders to advance energy efficiency i

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