Meet Our Board!
The visionary and president for Golden Mti, Winjoy is taking a Bachelor’s Of Science at the University Of Calgary. Winjoy has seen the under-representation of South Sudanese and other African women in STEM programs. She believes that there are many young black students who desire to pursue these programs but school counselors have pushed many BIPOC students to lower stream classes. She believes that by showing the younger generation that they have so much more to offer it will strengthen the community.
Winjoy believes that the only way to strengthen and to build up a community is by investing and empowering the younger generation. Golden Mti starts at the ground level and helps guide African children through tutoring and mentorship. The goal is to create an environment where children are about to see and explore their full potential!
Her volunteer experience with FHL, an organization that provides low-income children with the opportunity to get involved with sports, has shown her how giving children opportunities they might not have elsewhere, really transforms them. The child becomes more confident both physically and mentally. And that's the goal here at Golden Mti
Theresa is a Psychology student at the University of Calgary. Originally from Nigeria, she grew up being involved with after-school programs like the Boys and Girls Club, which served as a safe place for her to connect with her community, foster positive relationships with her peers and build practical skills. Her experience with the Boys and Girls club left a long-lasting impact, as she saw firsthand the positive impacts of volunteering, inspiring her to want to be involved in her community and work with youth. She is fortunate to have her parents greatly involved and supportive in her educational journey. However, by acknowledging her own privileges and support systems, she is able to recognize that not everyone has access to the same opportunities and resources. Therefore, she hopes that her efforts at Golden Mti will promote more equitable and accessible learning environments for BIPOC youth.
Sarah is the daughter of Sudanese and Egyptian immigrants studying Neuroscience at the University of Calgary. She is passionate about educational equity and uplifting the Black community, starting with the youth. This passion was largely inspired by her experience working as a senior tutor at a professional tutoring company. She was shocked to find out these services can cost parents about $1500/month. Many from BIPOC communities, as a result of generational instability, are unable to afford advantages like this. For this reason, she helped to co-found Golden Mti to break down these barriers and offer the same high standard and quality of education to underserved communities for free.
Many times, people in positions of authority fail BIPOC individuals, whether that is police officers, school counselors, teachers, or politicians. Golden Mti is an opportunity for Sarah, as someone who has gone through the educational system as a Black student, to use her knowledge and expertise to equip youth with the tools to face these unique challenges head-on.
Sarah believes success is supporting others to a point where they can then go out and make an impact in their own communities. Sarah’s goal for Golden Mti is to achieve educational equity for both the BIPOC and African diaspora here in Canada and also Africans all over the world.
Chantal is a first year student at the University of Ottawa, where she it undertaking a Bachelors of Science in Computer Technology and a Bachelors of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering. Through her participation in volunteer programs at the Calgary Public Library, the Youth Employment Centre, and Alberta Health Services, all of which she chose to partake in because of firsthand knowledge of the impact these organizations can have, she fostered her interest in community involvement. Through Golden Mti, Chantal hopes to help BIPOC youth in Calgary access as many resources they need to optimize their personal and professional development.
Varinder is a student at the University of Calgary pursuing a Bachelors of science in Psychology. he is very familiar with the struggles that bipoc and immigrant students face throughout their educational journey and through Golden Mti, he hopes help students overcome those barriers and he also hopes to encourage more bipoc students to pursue higher education.
Chantelle is our Chairperson for the Internal Affairs Committee at Golden Mti, overseeing the Human Resources team! She is currently a fourth year Biomedical Sciences student at the University of Calgary and this is her second year volunteering with Golden Mti. I am full Filipino and passionate about finding ways to ensure educational equity for BIPOC students. In her free time, she enjoys powerlifting and walking her friends’ dogs!