Introducing the National Youth Council Members


Name: Mackenzie Furey

From: Newfoundland & Labrador

Profile: With 13 years of Guiding behind her and experience as a unit volunteer and youth representative on the Newfoundland & Labrador Council, Mackenzie gets what Guiding’s all about. She’s particularly passionate about creating space for conversations to combat bullying and self-image issues. Mackenzie wants to be a doctor and goes to Starbucks so often they make her drink while she’s still waiting in line.


Name: Nerissa Kassis

From: British Columbia

Profile: Six years as a girl member and three years as a volunteer at Sparks, Brownies and Guides units means Nerissa has a super strong knowledge of the Guiding program. She has a passion for procedures and guidelines that ensure Guiding is a safe space for girls from diverse communities, especially LGBTQ+. Nerissa does competitive improv and has double jointed toes.

Andrea Chakma

Name: Andrea Chakma

From: Ontario

Profile: As a Lone Ranger, and with experience in local units as a girl member and unit volunteer, on the Ontario Girl Forum and shadowing the Marketing & Communications team at Girl Guides Ontario, Andrea brings a unique perspective to the National Youth Council. She has a strong interest in mental health, bullying and poverty. Andrea loves to travel and maintains her own travel journal. She also attended a summer program dedicated to STEM.


Name: Shelan Emre

From: Manitoba

Profile: Bringing nine years of Guiding involvement, including as a unit volunteer, and experience as the co-chair of her school’s Youth in Philanthropy program, Shelan is ready to help bring girls’ voices to the table through the National Youth Council. She wants to help end bullying and peer pressure. Shelan is very crafty and a volunteer clown.


Name: Sophie McCafferty

From: Quebec

Profile: Joining Guiding at age five, Sophie has participated in the Quebec Young Women’s Forum and was the Youth Co-Lead for a Twinning 2020 exchange between Quebec, British Columbia and Peru. She believes GGC can be part of the solution to issues of technological dependence, loss of national identity and a fragile environment. Sophie is a self-professed vegan, hippie ecofreak. She was born on January 1st, 2000 (what are the odds?).


Name: Hari Ilangomaran

From: Ontario

Profile: A proud member of GGC, Hari is a member of the Ontario Girl Forum and is excited to be going to Ayrwaves 2017 in Scotland. She’s passionate about transforming the way media is used to create more positive messages for girls. Hari is head over heels in love with mangoes and pineapples and has three sisters, also in Guiding, who she secretly appreciates.


Name: Bailey Walton

From: Alberta

Profile: With three years’ experience on the Alberta Girls Parliament and having participated in a service trip to Ecuador with her Ranger unit, Bailey is an advocate for service projects. She believes in providing youth with outlets for their passions as this is what makes people most beautiful. Bailey’s experience with mental illnesses has taught her to be more open with herself and others. She has stood on the Earth’s middle at latitude 00 00 00.


Name: Nayah Mang

From: British Columbia

Profile: Having travelled around the world with Guiding, including as the GGC representative at Camp Olave International, Nayah has met many Girl Guides from across Canada and the world. She’s concerned with issues of mental health, eating disorders and kids growing up too quickly. Nayah has visited nearly 20 countries and played soccer for 11 years.


Name: Kianna Benson

From: Nova Scotia

Profile: From Sparks to Rangers and volunteering at her local unit, Kianna has done it all and prides herself in being an approachable sister-figure. She’s excited to help shape the direction of GGC and believes tackling peer pressure and seeing more women in STEM are important. Kianna’s caught a live lobster in the ocean with her bare hands and is a middle distance runner.


Name: Madeleine Deschenes

Chair of the National Youth Council

Profile: Starting Guiding as a Spark, Madeleine is now a Spark Guider and a Director of the GGC Board as Chair of the National Youth Council. She’s very passionate about girl empowerment and ensuring that all girls are confident enough to pursue their dreams. Madeleine loves pasta and has always dreamed of being a mermaid and living in the ocean.