Meet your 2015/2016 OPCYA Executive:
Kinsey a 22-year-old graduate of the University of Waterloo who resides in Burlington. He graduated with an Honours B. Sc. and has experience as both a Teaching Assistant for computational chemistry as well as a Research Assistant in botany. He has volunteered as a First Responder on the Campus Response Team at the University of Waterloo and worked as a member of the Science Student Help Team. Kinsey is a Conservative because he believes in responsible government. Coming from a family that runs a small business, he knows how hard Ontarians have to work nowadays to get ahead. He has seen both of his parents work longer hours and more days while the Liberals’ share of our pie grows and grows. Corruption, red tape, a bloated bureaucracy and frivolous spending have all hampered the possibility and opportunity that our province used to guarantee its youth. Kinsey has been active in the Conservative Party from an early age, where he started out as a member of Halton’s EDA, helping to secure Lisa Raitt’s position in Parliament. Since then, he has served in a variety of positions in four different campaigns, ranging from GOTV to sign crew. This election, heI worked with Conservative HQ in the GTA region as a voter contact specialist. In this capacity, he worked in over 30 ridings and intimately came to discover our province, the concerns of its citizens, and the tremendous asset our generation is to the success of our Party. He was also elected as the President of the University of Waterloo Campus Conservatives in 2015 where he increased membership tenfold
Jack Greenberg currently resides in Oakville, Ontario and is a grade twelve student at Garth Webb Secondary School. He plans on graduating a semester early and hopes to purse a degree in International Relations with a minor in South Asian Studies. Jack has had a keen interest in politics and history since starting a stamp collection at the age of five with his grandfather. As a result of such interest, he decided to apply to the Ontario Legislative Page Program in the eighth grade, to which he was accepted and served a three-month term. Following his completion of the program, Jack joined the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, fueled by his disgust of the Liberal Government’s shady dealings in regards to the Gas Plant Scandal, in addition to Air ORNGE, E-Health, and many others. Striving to contribute to the grassroots conservative movement, Jack founded the Halton PC Youth Association. His saw his first involvement in campaign politics with the 2014 Provincial Election, during which he volunteered for Harjit Jaswal in Bramalea-Gore-Malton and Ted Chudleigh in Halton. Jack quickly rose through the ranks of grassroots conservatism, managing a competitive Markham municipal campaign, working for a former Conservative MP, and serving on his local PC Riding Association. He previously served as OPCYA’s Director of Communications, and has spearheaded the organization’s outreach efforts in the South Asian community by attending numerous cultural events and supporting critical fundraising activities. In addition, Jack sits as an Honorary Director on the Canadian Association of Conservative Tamils and has volunteered on multiple other campaigns at every level of government across the GTHA region. Aside from involvement in politics, Jack is a passionate contributor to his community. He currently serves as the President of his school’s DECA Chapter, while sitting on the Board of Directors of the Halton District School Board Senate and the Halton Learning Foundation.
Matthew Campbell currently studies History and Politics at the University of Toronto and has been involved with conservative politics for four years. Originally from Toronto, Matthew has served on the executive board of the U of T Campus Conservatives for two years as a student year representative. Matthew volunteered on the 2014 municipal campaigns of Rob and Doug Ford and managed the campaign for Ward 9 TCDSB candidate David Shaw in the same election. He also served as Director of Recruitment for Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, Toronto Chapter in 2013/2014. Matthew was the Parkdale-High Park riding chair for Patrick Brown’s leadership bid in 2014, as well as a membership recruiter in the GTA. Matthew has served as the OPCYA riding chair for Parkdale-High Park since 2014. From May to October 2015, Matthew interned with the Conservative Party of Canada and worked with candidates and campaign staff in 35 ridings throughout the GTA and Southern Ontario. Matthew previously served as the Director of Events (appointed) for the OPCYA. He is a member of EqualVoice Toronto, EqualVoice U of T, and the U of T Young Monarchists: Monarchist League of Canada. He is a life-long Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
Michael grew up in Burlington and currently resides in Ancaster. He graduated from McMaster University with a Honours Bachelor of Arts, specializing in Commerce. Growing up, politics was a regular topic of conversation around the dinner table for Michael. Knowing his family had fled the destitution of communism, the Conservative Party’s ideals of smaller, responsible government, individual responsibility and a principled foreign policy were a natural fit. Michael joined the Conservative Party at the age of 14 and attended his first event, a regional BBQ, in 2009. Interested in continuing his activism, Michael joined his federal riding’s EDA board in 2010 as its youngest member. In 2011, he was once again elected and volunteered in his first provincial and federal elections with Ted Chudleigh and Lisa Raitt. Michael volunteered again in the 2014 provincial and municipal elections. Entering University in 2012, Michael joined his Campus Club as an active member. In 2014, Michael was appointed his Campus Club’s Director of Events. In this role he organized the campus visits of numerous leadership contestants for the Ontario PC Party, increased club membership to 75 students and secured substantial funding. In 2015, Michael was elected President of the McMaster Conservatives. Michael is a member of the provincial (ADFW) and federal (HWAD) riding boards McMaster finds itself in. In the summer of 2015, Michael interned in the Constituency Office of MP Lisa Raitt. In addition, Michael actively campaigned in Southern Ontario during the 42nd federal election. He previously served as the Ontario PC Youth Association’s Regional Vice President for the Halton and Hamilton Regions.
Madison McSweeney is a fourth-year Political Science and Communications student at the University of Ottawa. She was born and raised in Ottawa and currently lives in Kanata. Madison believes in liberty, low taxes, and small government, and has been a card-carrying member of the Conservative Party since the age of 14 and a PC Party member since 2010. She has served on the board of the Kanata-Carleton (formerly Carleton-Mississippi Mills) Conservative Association since 2013. She joined the University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives in her first week of university and served as their Director of Party Relations from April 2014 to September 2015. Madison has extensive experience working on the ground on various political campaigns across the province. During the 2014 Ontario election she was responsible for coordinating the UOCC’s volunteer efforts, strategically allocating volunteers to different target ridings and coordinating canvasses. She was also part of Patrick Brown’s team during his leadership campaign. She volunteered extensively during this past federal election, working full-time on MP Lisa Raitt’s re-election campaign, as well as canvassing in multiple ridings in Ottawa and the GTA. Prior to this she worked on Pat Perkins’ successful by-election campaign in Whitby-Oshawa. In addition to her political involvement, Madison is also a prolific writer, and has written conservative-minded op-eds for The Fulcrum (the University of Ottawa’s English-Language student newspaper) and Thee Westerner. Madison believes that conservative youth have a unique opportunity to promote conservatism while holding the Liberal government to account. She looks forward to continued service to the conservative movement, and hopes to expand her efforts through the OPCYA.
Marisa was born and raised in Thorold, Ontario. She is currently in her third year at the University of Ottawa in the Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences with specialization in Political Science program with a minor in history. She has extensive experience on Parliament Hill as an intern for the Hon. Jason Kenney and past Member of Parliament, Rick Dykstra. On campus, she is extremely involved in the youth conservative movement. She holds the executive position of President on the University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives and was a frequent campaign volunteer in surrounding ridings during the federal election. She also served as a successful campaign manager for various student federation elections around campus. As Director of Membership, Marisa works towards enlightening students, especially females, of Progressive Conservative values and policy and maintaining a close relationship with campus clubs to promote communication and provide resources.
Safa Khan is a professional and dedicated individual who graduated from University of Guelph with a major in Justice Studies (Honours) along with a diploma in Law and Security Administration from Humber College. She is a local resident of Pickering, Ontario and is very involved in the local community. She completed the Conservative Party internship program in 2013 and has worked on several campaigns on all levels on government. Safa’s experience includes working as a Constituency and Parliamentary assistant to Corneliu Chisu, the former Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East, both in the local constituency office and the Parliamentary office in Ottawa. She was the campaign manager for Corneliu Chisu’s re-election campaign for the riding of Pickering-Uxbridge in the October 2015 election. Safa is a part of several organizations in the riding of Pickering-Uxbridge (federal) and Pickering-Scarborough East (provincial). She was the president of the youth wing under the Pickering-Uxbridge EDA Board and is a board director and head of social media. She is also a part of the Pickering-Scarborough East Youth Association as a board director. Safa is an analytical and versatile thinker, who maintains a productive climate and is able to work independently and confidently with team members. She is studying for her Foreign Affairs exam and hopes to work in the Canadian Embassy in the Middle East in the future.
Tommas currently resides in Grimsby, Ontario and is a graduate of Brock University where he received a degree in Economics with minors in Mathematics and Political Science. He is pursuing an MA in Economics at the McMaster University and will eventually be entering the private sector for a career in finance. After some experience within the private sector Tommas intends to enter federal politics. Tommas first became interested in politics after reading about the news of former Premier Dalton McGuinty stepping down as a result of the disastrous gas plant scandal. After further looking into the state of Ontario’s affairs he soon realized the province was headed for ruin under the current Ontario Liberal regime. Soon after he signed up for the Brock Campus Conservatives eager to further his involvements in the youth conservative movement. His first taste of Conservative politics was the Ontario PC Convention in 2014-15. By third year Tommas quickly moved up the ranks at his school’s Conservative campus club and was named President. Since he has taken over the club’s membership has reached all time highs, it is the most active it has ever been on campus hosting numerous speakers, club events, club trips (Manning, PC Convention) and general political dialogue with the Students Union. In addition, Tommas and the former president of the club Thomas DeGroote have worked together over the years to raise significant funds from the local EDA’s in order to put the club in a strong fiscal position for years to come. His involvements outside of campus politics include two years working for MP Dean Allison’s constituency office as a paid part time employee as well as serving on Mr. Allison’s EDA. Moreover, Tommas gained extensive political campaign experience over the summer while working full time on former MP Rick Dykstra’s campaign in St. Catharines. His duties involved creating literature, assisting with communications and voter identification through phone banking, and canvassing the city.
From a young age Samer has had an interest in politics, closely watching elections, political events and major policy decisions since the first grade. Although raised in Oakville, Ontario, Samer spent his early years between Canada and the Middle East, specifically in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Syrian Arab Republic. He moved to Amman, Jordan for high school and moved back to Canada to attend Glendon College at York University. Samer became very involved in the Conservative Party of Canada through working on the 2015 federal election. He also became involved the Middle Eastern community by giving a number of presentations about Arab/Canadian culture and the future of Arabs in the diaspora. Samer is focusing on working with the Middle Eastern community to build bridges between this community and the Ontario Progressive Conservative Youth Associations.
Jennifer Huang is a third-year secondary school student at Milliken Mills High School. She will be graduating in June 2017 and pursuing further advanced education in the field of medical and political law. Jennifer is able to adapt to any situation and thrives in fluctuating environments. Her adaptability can be demonstrated by her positive attitude towards her studies; she was awarded “Most Improved Student” at her elementary school graduation, and is a constant fixture on school honour roll lists. Jennifer is involved in many extracurricular activities in her school. She is an active member of several culturally diverse clubs such as the Chinese Student Association and Milliken K-Pop Club, as well as Free the Children. Outside of school, Jennifer has a remarkable record of participation in the community. One of her significant volunteer events was a fundraiser for the non-profit organization Education International for the Poor, benefiting children in Qin Ba Shan, Xi An, China. This initiative helped 136 children get the chance to access the basic tools for learning and have a proper walk to school. Jennifer began her political involvement as a volunteer and organizer for a city council candidate during the 2014 municipal election. Receiving public opinion about the community during this time inspired her to participate more in politics, in order to help citizens to deliver their message to the government. Jennifer is the co-founder and President of the York Region Volunteer Association. She canvassed extensively and assisted with volunteer organization during the 2015 federal election. Overall, Jennifer has the ability to lead people, unite people around a vision, and motivate them to excellence.
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