Leadership Roles in the Community
Alice at Clean up the Don 2018
Alice and Wing Wo (co-organizers) at the Federal Pre-Election Town Hall on Climate Change 2015. From left to right: Alice, moderator Dr. Nelson Wiseman, John McKay, Elizabeth May, Matthew Kellway, and Wing.
I am a member of the UofT Trash Team, which is dedicated to educating the public about waste management and plastic pollution and taking direct action through community clean-ups. I am also an executive member of People's Climate Movement, a grassroots organization dedicated to hosting events and campaigning around climate change action in both Toronto and Canada.
From 2017 to 2019, I served as co-Chair of Massey College's Environment Committee during my time at Massey College as a Junior Fellow. Our college used to provide take-out dinners in paper plates covered in lots of plastic wrap; however, through our hard work we were able to turn the take-out system into a reusable container system. Besides this main initiative, the Environment Committee also placed recycling posters throughout the college to remind fellows of which products can be recycled, held a screening of a documentary discussing the lives of women impacted by layoffs in Alberta's oil sands, and we hosted trips around Toronto including nature walks in High Park, a tour of Allan Gardens Conservatory, and to the Saturday farmer's market at Evergreen Brickworks. Through my position I learned so much more about environmental campaigning and environmental ethics!
At the end of 2015, I attended the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) as part of a student delegation from the School of Environment, University of Toronto to increase the youth presence at COP and to report back to the student body about the latest updates. An agreement was reached; however, much more work needs to be done to make sure countries continue to increase their starting emission reduction pledges up to levels necessary to avoid severe consequences of climate change (described in the Paris Climate Agreement as the "ratchet mechanism").
I have served as the Sustainability Commission of my university's Student's Union from 2015-2017. As the head of the commission, I have held biweekly meetings throughout the year and interacted with students to get a sense of what sustainability projects they would like to see on campus. I have learned so much about delegation of tasks, communication skills, event planning, and overall how to lead a vibrant group of students to accomplish amazing tasks and host numerous successful campaigns and events for our student community.
Examples of past events we hosted include:
- Beeswax lotion bar workshop as part of EcoFest 2017
- Eco-Coffee House and discussion on sustainability 2017
- Climate change rally on Halloween ("Climate change is spooky!") to get students to write to their MPs, 2017
- What's Next for Canada? Discussion on COP21, Panel event, 2016
I also served as the Sustainability Commissioner for the Victoria University Students' Administrative Council (VUSAC) from 2014-2015. My commission helped to organize a pilot composting system in a student residence, a federal pre-election town hall on climate change, and a sustainable fashion show in 2015.
Please see below for a list of all of the organizations I have founded, co-founded, or taken part in throughout my high school and university years.
Current and Previous Organizations, Startups, and Initiatives
Founder or Co-Founder of:
Conference of Parties 21st Session (COP21) University of Toronto Delegation Team 2015-present
Climate Impact Network (and previously Students' Climate Change Action Network) 2013-present
Innovamasters Not-for-Profit Organization and cross-University Initiative 2013-present
HungerSquad International Mobile Application 2014-present
Wastefree TakeOut Social Enterprise 2013-2015
UofT Trash Team
People's Climate Movement
UofT350.org, Fossil Divestment Campaign at UofT
TCAN Steering Community (Toronto Climate Action Network)
Step Up Canada! Initiative
Polanyi Conference on Science and Social Responsibility
MidSummer Night's Run
Epilepsy Toronto Holiday Gift Wrapping
Daily Break Food Bank - Annual Holiday Food Bank Organizer in the Scarborough Region
December 6th Initiatives to End Violence Against Women
Master Fine Arts School
Provincial and National Competitive Badminton