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Vanessa’s new idea is to cultivate real life ‘Planet Protectors’ by empowering young people to be environmental change agents within their family units. Through joy, humor, storytelling and arts-based play, Vanessa holistically cultivates lasting changemaker identities through the public-school...

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Jeffrey Cyr

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2019

Canada

Jeff is structuring a new reconciliation economy to bring full economic citizenship to Indigenous populations that have been historically excluded and controlled by colonial systems in Canada. In doing so, he is putting power in the hands of Indigenous communities for self-determination and...

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Brett Matthews

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2019

Canada

Brett is pioneering a science and design practice of ‘Oral Information Management.’ About a billion adults are illiterate or innumerate world-wide. Two-thirds of these are women. Based on published empirical research, Brett designs solutions for this ‘oral’ population to enable safe and independent...

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Shelly Elverum

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2019

Canada

Shelly is creating a new role for Inuit youth in society by leveraging their unique abilities to bridge western and Inuit world views. In doing so, Inuit youth are empowering themselves as well as the Arctic communities of which they are a part to self-determine in a region with strong colonial...

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Agazi Afewerki

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2018

Canada

Agazi Afewerki has a powerful belief that any young person can teach an adult a new skill and that youth are a core resource for community development and transformation. With this idea, Agazi Afewerki is re-defining the role of youth in society, starting with the most vulnerable urban populations.

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Fabrice Vil

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2018

Canada

Fabrice Vil is the architect behind a new professional in the public sports and education sectors that promote positive civic engagement and community leadership at large. He is systematically transforming sports coaches into skilled “life coaches” to support vulnerable youth to overcome adversity...

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Lauren McNamara

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2018

Canada

Lauren McNamara, armed with new measures and data she developed, is persuading and heling elementary schools replace harmful recess patterns with new approaches that help children grow socially and emotionally, not least by helping one another grow.

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Candice Lys

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2017

Canada

Candice Lys is cultivating a new generation of young leaders through a novel form of public health education that encourages expression through the arts. In doing so, Candice supports historically marginalized and isolated communities to address deep seeded challenges through evidence-based holistic...

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Aled Edwards

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2014

Canada

Aled Edwards is orchestrating a disruptive shift within the drug discovery process. Beginning with gene research through to human testing, Aled is breaking down the various levels of bureaucratic blockages, and triggering a multi-billion dollar industry to embrace new open source practices. As such...

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Christie Young

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2014

Canada

For the past 10 years I have run FarmStart, a not for profit that was created to support and encourage a new generation of farmers to develop locally based, ecologically sound and economically viable agricultural enterprises. FarmStart offers flexible programs in Ontario that provide new farmers...

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