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Meet the CNIB National Youth Council

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The CNIB National Youth Council provides council members with the opportunity to influence change and increase awareness of issues facing young Canadians living with sight loss. The council also ensures CNIB Foundation initiatives, programs, and policies reflect and respond to the needs of young people with sight loss.

Our mission

CNIB's National Youth Council advocates for equal and equitable opportunities for youth who have sight loss.

Our vision

A world where youth who have sight loss thrive in their autonomy and empowerment.

Your CNIB National Youth Council

Between meetings, council members are actively engaged in their roles and projects in a team environment, promoting collaboration, communications and leadership. Meet the young leaders who are driven to change what it is to be blind today!

Eitel Houedakor – Chair, Montréal QC
Eitel Houedakor is a Pure and Applied Sciences student at Dawson College in Montréal. He has been involved with the CNIB National Youth Council since January 2018 and currently serves as council Chair. Eitel is passionate about programming, writing and literature and is driven by an unbreakable will to create a world where having a disability does not restrain anyone’s potential. From his perspective, the National Youth Council is a unique opportunity to make this dream become a reality.

Will Honcharuk – Vice-Chair, Vancouver, BC
Will Honcharuk is in his fourth year at Western University, where he is working towards a Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Media Studies. In his free time, Will enjoys camping, theatre, and film history. Will became a National Youth Council member because he is motivated by creating a positive impact on the next generation of young Canadians with sight loss. Upon graduation, Will hopes to utilize his business and multimedia marketing knowledge to develop best-in-class concepts and become a force for change in the world of accessible marketing.

Rilind Dragoshi – Executive Member, Moncton, NB
Former secretary and co-chair of the National Youth Council, Rilind Dragoshi holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Crandall University. He currently works as a Market Research Interviewer and Facilitator with Talkdoit, where he practices pronunciation, grammar, and English conversation skills with mainly Spanish-speaking students and professionals. He enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and food! Rilind joined the National Youth Council to collaboratively create more opportunities for blind and partially sighted youth in every sphere of life. His main areas of focus have been employment equity for the blind and promoting accessible and universal design.

Stela Trudeau – Executive Member, Niagara Falls, ON
Stela Trudeau is a student at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she is working towards an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Minor in French. In her free time, she enjoys teaching piano and voice, cycling, going for runs with her guide dog and going for hikes. Stela joined the National Youth Council because she is passionate about educating others about vision loss. She hopes to help raise awareness of the importance of making everyday life accessible for everyone living with disabilities.

Alicia Chenier – Sudbury, ON
An Early Childhood Education student at Cambrian College, Alicia Chenier is passionate about public speaking and raising awareness about disabilities and accessibility. Alicia shares her life on social media as a brain tumour fighter and survivor, chronic illness warrior, and person living with sight loss. During her time on the National Youth Council, she hopes to develop resources to help youth with sight loss achieve academic success in high school and post-secondary studies. You can learn more about Alicia's journey by following her on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Allison Taylor – Calgary, AB
Allison Taylor recently completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Calgary and her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and being outdoors. Allison became a youth council member because she is passionate about an accessible future and encouraging blind and partially sighted youth that no goal is out of reach!

Brandon Snow – St. John's, NL

Caleb Piche-Larocque – Sudbury, ON
Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Caleb Piche-Larocque is an avid outdoorsman. When he isn’t out biking, you can find him by the lake. Caleb is pursuing a double major in Business Administration and Economics at Laurentian University, and he joined the National Youth Council to help promote accessibility and inclusion. Caleb continues his advocacy work as a member of the Premier’s Council on Equity of Opportunity in Ontario.

Curtis Ruttle – Calgary, AB
At just 15, Curtis Ruttle is the youngest member of the National Youth Council. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, Blind Hockey, skiing, and skateboarding. Curtis became involved with the National Youth Council to help make a difference in people's lives with sight loss, educate and advocate, and work alongside youth with the same mindset and goals as himself. In a short time, he has been on the council; he has started many different projects. He is currently the recipient of a grant through RisingYouth, a program led by TakingITGlobal, to create an accessible skatepark environment for youth with low vision. To learn more about the project, visit altroute.ca or check out Alt Route on Instagram!

Danica Frappier – Val Caron, ON
Danica Frappier is driven by helping others, learning new things, and having a positive impact on her community. She is currently working towards a Masters in Social Work at Laurentian University. When she is not volunteering, she is most likely studying or listening to podcasts. Danica brings unique professional and lived experiences, making her an asset to the National Youth Council.

Emilee Schevers – Kawartha Lakes, ON
Emilee Schevers is a first-year Early Childhood Education student at Mohawk College. In her free time, she enjoys tandem cycling, painting, and going for walks with her dog. Emilee became a National Youth Council member because she is passionate about educating others about vision loss and making the world more accessible for everyone. This also inspired her and her sister to create Tru Faces – an online community and social media movement for individuals with disabilities to share stories, experiences and educate about their lives. Follow Tru Faces on Instagram and Twitter

Haaris Khan – Vancouver, BC
Haaris Khan is currently studying medicine at the University of British Columbia. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, finding new music, and working out. Haaris hopes that his involvement in the National Youth Council will help make a lasting impact in the community. 

Ibrahim Al Moulia – Regina, SK
Originally from Homs, Syria, Ibrahim Al Moulia is passionate about learning something new every day and his science and math studies. He is currently studying Business Administration at the University of Regina. As a member of the National Youth Council, he hopes to advocate for Canadians with sight loss to make sure that they are getting equal opportunities. 

Isha Noor – Saskatoon, SK

Rebecca MacDonald – Oromocto, NB
Rebecca McDonald is a high school student with a passion for science and math. In the future, she hopes to pursue a bachelor's degree in physics and attend medical school. Originally from St John’s, Nfld., she currently lives in a small military town in New Brunswick, just outside Fredericton. In her free time, she can be found finishing a pile of homework, volunteering, or reading a good book. Through the National Youth Council, she hopes to share her passion for creating more awareness and education about the vision loss community. 

Shreeya Poudyal – Vaughan, ON

Sidney Neilson – St. Stephan, NB

Tamera Froese – Winnipeg, MB
Upon graduating from the University of Manitoba in 2020, Tamera Frose accepted a position with the CNIB Foundation as an Administrative Assistant. She has been a part of the National Youth Council since 2019 and is passionate about: advocating for people with disabilities, raising awareness, and helping to educate people in her community about what people with disabilities are capable of. 

Get involved

The National Youth Council seeks diverse youth representation from across Canada, meeting monthly via teleconference, with up to two in-person meetings annually. Email us and share why you would like to be a member of the National Youth Council. Attach your resume and two letters of reference and email it to nationalyouthcouncil@cnib.ca.