Tom Gleason attended the University of Toronto, where he realized that his heart and mind weren't in the lecture halls, but in student organizing. Through his experiences as President and Founder of a student LGBTQ+ organization, Vice President of Internal Affairs of a large students' association, coordinator of a mental health peer support group, and other campus roles, Tom discovered his passions for governance, civic engagement, LGBTQ+ issues, and mental health promotion.
Tom is the Executive Director of the Toronto Youth Cabinet, the official youth advisory body of the City of Toronto; Chair of the Board of The Planning Clinic, a non-profit that seeks to democratize the planning process; and a member of the YouthREX Youth Advisory Council. Tom is a Studio [Y] Fellow at MaRS Discovery District, developing solutions to make municipal budgets more youth-friendly and continuing his work as Co-Founder of CreateSpaceTO, an initiative that provides opportunities for youth facing barriers to learn tech skills like coding and web development.
Director of Internal Affairs
As our Director of Internal Affairs, Munessa works in collaboration with the Executive Director in overseeing the TYC initiatives. With her experience as an HR Professional, along with her background in Commerce and Human Resources Management from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, Munessa also manages the TYC human resources activities such as recruitment, training and development, conflict resolution, development and implementation of policies and procedures, amongst others.
Director of Community Engagement
Aliya Bhatia is a serial volunteer. No, really. With a degree in International Relations and Art from the University of Toronto, it was through volunteering where she received her real education. She has taught English, sex education and computer literacy to young girls in Mumbai, been a project facilitator at Nuit Blanche, a dresser at Toronto Fashion Week, a volunteer with TIFF and canvassed with numerous local campaigns in and around UofT, Ryerson, Regent Park, and the Annex.
She was also the RBC Spur Emerging Fellow of 2015 and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of Toronto Youth Cabinet's Policy Committee, and their Director of Community Engagement. At her day job, she is a Digital Campaigner at cStreet Campaigns where she works with labour unions, government agencies, and higher education institutions to help them engage their members better using digital storytelling and communication tools.
Director of Council Relations
Director of Policy & Advocacy
Chloe is one of the most exciting civic engagement catalysts in Toronto today. A volunteer Policy Development Team Lead for Toronts Youth Cabinet, Chloe has been a fierce advocate for youth rights at City Hall, at consultations around the GTA and on the street.
What's most inspiring about Chloe is that she doesn't stop with pointing out inequities; she has developed new model of programming that provides community groups, particularly marginalized youth, the skills they need to engage directly in the policy making progress. Starting with Toronto Grassroots Innovation Forum and continuing with Community Solutions Labs, Chloe is creating opportunities for direct participatory democracy: the real change that real people are looking for.
Her partners include Social Innovation Generation, CSI Toronto, Rexdale Lab and other players from the emerging Open Community.
Co-Director of Special Events
Angelo Quintano is a graduate of the Child and Youth Worker program at George Brown College and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care degree at Ryerson University.
With many years of experience in working with young people, he is skilled and proficient in planning and implementing engaging programs and events for youth.
Since joining the Toronto Youth Cabinet in 2014, Angelo strives to connecting young people to great opportunities through his position as the Co-Director of the Special Events Committee. He strongly believes that the young people of Toronto have a lot to offer its community and should be given a chance to do so.
He also sits as a member of the Toronto Youth Spaces Advisory Committee and the Youth Asset Mapping Project Youth Advisory Group.
When he's not busy being a student or in his other commitments, Angelo can be found either exploring good eats in and around Toronto, jamming with his band, or at home in bed watching movies in his favourite pyjamas.
Co-Director of Special Events
Khadija Aziz is an award-winning youth volunteer and a visual artist who believes that 1+1=3. She is studying Fine Arts at OCAD University, majoring in Cross-disciplinary Art and specializing in Life Studies. Khadija promotes youth collaboration and participation in community arts, and she has been successful by founding and directing multiple art projects throughout communities of Toronto that offered youth invaluable experiences and skills.
Khadija is the founder of Sketchbook Toronto, a financially accessible portfolio development program for emerging artists. Her full portfolio can be viewed at www.khadijaaziz.ca.
As Co-Director of Special Events at TYC, Khadija hopes to encourage the young members of the Events Committee to participate to their full potential and to take lead on items that would best benefit their leadership experience. She is always excited to be working among the future leaders of tomorrow, and she can’t wait to experience everyone’s innovative ideas.