Alumni Joy Rogers took the time to answer some questions and to update us on what her time with Experiences Canada.
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Joy is a mixed First Nations and British woman currently working for the government of Ontario in the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade as a Policy Advisor. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Canadian Roots Exchange, an organization focused on empowering Indigenous youth. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and beading.
When and which Experiences Canada programs did you participate in?
Joy has volunteered with Experiences Canada as a Youth Leader for their Youth Leadership Forum on Reconciliation, and their Youth Forum on Allyship.
How did your participation and involvement with Experiences Canada impact your life?
Involvement with Experiences Canada has provided the opportunity to learn, grow as an individual and connect with youth across Canada that are passionate about driving change.
“One of the most rewarding part of being a Youth Leader in the recent Allyship Forum was supporting my group in the development and execution of their podcast episode and seeing it all come together in such a great product. It was amazing to see all the hard work and passion really come through in the podcast episode. Each member of the group brought in their experiences and perspectives to contribute to an organic and inspiring round table discussion and I was just in awe as I listened to the conversation flow´- Joy
Can you tell us about where you are now? What your life looks like today?
Currently, Joy works full-time with the provincial government and volunteers as much as possible.
What advice do you have for today’s youth?
“My advice for today’s youth would be to explore activities, issues and topics that peak an interest in you. Keep your mind and heart open to learning, growing and trying new things.” – Joy