Meet The Board

The LYAC Board:

The board of the LYAC is responsible for the long-term vision of the organization, particularly in strategic planning, funding and resources, legalities, and Governance.The board is also responsible for supervising the work of the Executive Director. They are not responsible for the day-to-day operations of the LYAC.


Current Chair: Nick Soave – @nickSoave

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1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am a Londoner born and raised, and have lived here for 21 years in various areas of the city. By day I am a the Manager of Advocacy and Government Services at the University Students Council of Western University, and by night I enjoy many sports and a good sci-fi book. If you want to find me on a friday night in the summer, there is a good chance I will be at Labatt Park, one of London’s best venues, watching the Majors play baseball.

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to be involved? 

I have a deep passion for seeing our great city improve and grow, and that is why I am involved with the LYAC. I see the LYAC as an organization that can create the community leaders of tomorrow using a program that is extremely unique in nature. With a program created for youth, by youth the LYAC is an organization that I love volunteering for and have a deep belief in.


Vice-Chair: Jess Muller

1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

I was born and raised in London. I went to Brock University where I completed a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration. I then went to the University of Waterloo and completed a Master of Public Service. Currently, I am working for a Member of Parliament completing my dream of being a public servant. I love learning and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I am currently studying French.

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to be involved?

I found out about the LYAC a couple years ago when I was living in Waterloo and I thought it was a great opportunity to give involved with the London community. In 2014-2015, I was the councillor for ward 14. It was an amazing experience where I was able to engage youth in conversations and learn a lot about the London community. I was pushed outside of my comfort zone and into a safe environment where conversations about anything and everything could happen. In the LYAC, there is no such thing as a taboo conversation. We all have opinions about the daily activities of our lives and the LYAC is the outlet that allows you to freely discuss them.


Treasurer: Scott Wilkinson – @ScottGWilkinson

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1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

– Presently the alumni board member and treasurer

– Was the first LYAC councillor to represent Ward 8 during the 14′-15′ term

– I went to Oakridge S.S. and then Brock University where I studied Accounting

– I got my CPA, CA designation in 2014

– I enjoy travelling when I used to get long holidays and playing sports to remain active

– Some “political” interests are: the environment, youth engagement, food trucks, urban planning and technology

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to get involved?

– Heard about the organization from friends that were involved

– Sounded like a great way to meet people interested in learning and changing the world no matter the scale


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Secretary: Mary Dixon-Zinger 

1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

 I am a full-time student at Fanshawe College. I will be starting my Bachelor of Commerce focusing in digital marketing in September. I coach both girls rugby and Special Olympics soccer regularly, and I have two cats!

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to be involved?

I was shown a flyer informing Londoners about LYAC’s first election period. I was intrigued by the thought of a group of London’s youth empowered to voice the opinions of other youth in the City. It has been so exciting to see LYAC grow into such an impressive organization, and a pleasure to be a board member.


samantha fox.jpgSamantha Fox

1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am a registered nurse specializing in women’s care at Victoria Hospital.  I graduated from Western University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2012 and then spent two years working in London before leaving to work around the world for the past three years.  I have worked and volunteered in women’s and children’s health in rural Canada, Colorado USA, Guatemala and Ethiopia.

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to be involved?

Now that I have returned home to London I am excited to get involved back in the community. I was present the day LYAC became an idea, and I am thrilled to be working with the council again, helping to encourage and develop London’s youth.


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1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

I have lived in London my whole life and am a Clarke Road alumni. I am currently studying Political Science and Philosophy at Huron University College. I have served two terms as an an LYAC councillor and am excited to serve in this new capacity! In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing and coaching soccer.

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to be involved?

Over my two years as an LYAC councillor, I grew a passion for the mission and vision of the LYAC. I really believe in what this organization is doing and am excited to continue in a different capacity.

LYAC Advisory Board

The London Youth Advisory Board is a non-voting group of experienced board members, who provide their expertise and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.


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1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

As the Director of Finance at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, I am responsible for analyzing organizational performance, management of treasury and evolving overall corporate strategy. I oversee the development and monitoring of operating and capital budgets, management of the organization’s investment portfolio, implementation of quality improvement initiatives and the development of short and long-term financial goals and strategies.

I am a Chartered Professional Accountant and I also hold an Honours Degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business.  In addition to my role at St. Joseph’s, I am also a lecturer of Corporate Financial Reporting at the Richard Ivey School of Business, member of the audit committee of the London District Catholic School Board, member of the Board of Directors of VON, Middlesex-Elgin, member of the Board of Directors of the London Youth Advisory Council, and a member of the Membership and Sales Committee Member of the London Chamber of Commerce.

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to be involved?

Matt’s leadership in this area is truly inspiring and as the organization started to grow, I wanted to see how I could help it grow to increase youth engagement in local politics and get them involved in local issues facing the community. With my background in teaching, I’m particularly passionate about engaging and educating youth, and the LYAC is a perfect example of the kind of passion we need in London.


 Sara_Middleton1_(3).jpgSara Middleton – @middleton_sj

1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am a Director, Community Partnerships & Investment with United Way London & Middlesex. I am   a University of Waterloo Hons BA Recreation grad (Co-op, Business, Parks, 1997). I have worked in the non-profit sector for more than 17 years. My work has included community development, youth engagement, camping and outdoor education. I has been recognized for my leadership in program development, risk management and volunteer co-ordination. I have served as chair of the Alberta Camping Association, as a board member with the Canadian Camping Association, and as a volunteer with YWCA Canada. In addition to being a member of the London Youth Advisory Council board, I am a member of the Child & Youth Network Youth Engagement Framework Advisory Group and I was an ambassador for the 2015 Forest City Road Races.

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to be involved? 

I am very proud to be a part of the LYAC team and contribute to creating a space in London where young members of our community can learn about community building and develop skills as voters, engaged citizens and political leaders.


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1) Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I currently work in Corporate Communications at Fanshawe College. I have previously served in other senior communications and public affairs roles at the City of London and within the Ontario Government. I have completed the Queen’s School of Business Leadership Program and hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Translation and a Certificate in Professional and Technical Writing from Glendon College, York University. I have also earned the Horticulturalist Certificate from the University of Guelph.

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to be involved?

I am a huge advocate of civic engagement and I love the idea of getting young people engaged with the community early and often. I believe the LYAC is a great opportunity to learn more about government, get involved, stay engaged and ensure decision-making reflects the things that are important to youth.


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1) Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I’m currently working in Toronto but am from London. I am very interested in issues surrounding homelessness, access to education and exposing youth to the importance of innovation and risk-taking, and the focus of my work in Toronto is around this last area. You can reach me @arjungupta.

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to get involved?

I became involved with the LYAC as a result of many conversations with Matt Ross!

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