Meet the Communications Team

The Communications Coordinators share the work that the councillors do through live-tweeting and photography at meetings and events, promoting councillor initiatives on social media, and through meeting highlight videos. They also help to share information about other events and initiatives in the London community. The communications team operates our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Linkedin), and creates content for our website.

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Communications Manager:

Alex Lau

1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am currently a third year undergraduate in the Medical Sciences program at the University of Western Ontario. I enjoy going to the gym, and I’m also very passionate about fashion. I am from Markham originally, but I am staying in London because of my university program. However, I am very involved in the local London community, and have very much enjoyed the people and spirit here. I am aspiring to be a Medical Doctor, and hopefully can contribute more to the people around me.

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

LYAC is a medium, that allow voices of the youth to be heard. I find it very empowering to the young people, and feel that a safe environment is essential for breeding new ideas and reinforcing growth in the community. LYAC is able to unite people with different opinions, backgrounds, and experiences with a common vision, to change the local community for the better. It is really admirable to see the joint effort in creating a better community that we all happen to be a part of.

Send Alex an e-mail at:

maryam.jpgCommunications Coordinator: Maryam Fatima

Instagram: xo_maryam

1) Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I’m 16 years old and go to Saint Andre Bessette Catholic Secondary School. I love to read and swim, and listen to music. My favorite artists are Panic! At the Disco and I love Bollywood movies :).

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

I joined LYAC because I’ve lived in London since I was 6 years old and I love my community. I want to get more involved and help other kids my age get involved too.

Send Maryam an e-mail at:

shaden.jpgBlogger: Shaden Wahaishi


1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

Hey, I’m Shaden, pronounced Shaaahh-din! I am currently in my senior year of high school at Sir Frederick Banting. I like being involved in welcoming newcomers to Canada and making their transition here as smooth as possible. I enjoy reading, and watching TV shows in my spare time. In the future, I hope to travel to as many countries as possible and taste all the great food from different cultures!

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

The reason I wanted to get involved with the LYAC was due to my love for the city of London, and my eagerness to improve on issues that us youth face. My passion for writing also came into play. This year at school, the subjects I am enrolled in do not involve any essay or open writing, so this opportunity was a perfect way for me to utilize my passion for writing all whilst acting as a voice for the youth of this city.

Send Shaden an e-mail at:

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1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

I was born in London and have never called another city home. I always say that I’m going to move somewhere else, but the truth is that I really like this city. I started out at John Dearness Public School before heading to Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts, Oakridge Secondary School, and Huron University College. I have a B.A. in English Language and Literature and I am headed to Fanshawe College this fall to study Interactive Media Design. I love to read and write, but I don’t do either nearly as often as I should. I also tend to overthink things, which makes the process of creating little things like bios for websites an unnecessarily long process.



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

I originally got involved with the LYAC as a way to stay connected with other young people in the city. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I moved back home with my parents and even though I was still in London, the city felt like an entirely different place. Volunteering with the LYAC has give
n me the opportunity to be a part of a great community of people that really care about London.

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zahra1.jpgStoryteller: Zahra Khawaja – @zahrakhawajaa

Instagram: zahrakhawajaa

1) Tell us a bit about yourself:

My name is Zahra and I’m currently a senior at Oakridge Secondary School, where I can most often be found with a carton of chocolate milk in hand, obnoxious rap playlist on max volume. I’ve been involved in various volunteering initiatives as well as extracurriculars that include Rugby, Social Justice and Multicultural Club. I’m many things. A wanderer. A writer. An introverted extrovert. But most of all, I am a complex person full of juxtapositions. If I could write a proper about that truly describes me, I would write about the experiences that have shaped me or the profound relationships I’ve made that have played a large part of who I am today. Of all things in life, I am most passionate about social justice, my family and art and identify as a self-proclaimed aesthete. My favorite things to do include spending a strenuous amount of time on Netflix and trying to maintain a visually pleasing aesthetic on my Instagram (extremely hard work). I one day strive to be travelling the world while pursuing Journalism and Public Relations and occasionally, I’m told I’m pretty funny.

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

London doesn’t offer too many opportunities in the media field and as an aspiring Journalist, I really wanted to find someplace where I would be passionate about volunteering. The LYAC combined my love for media and politics and I’m grateful for an experience where youth advocacy is important. I’ve always wanted to get involved in my community on a more intimate level and really interact with other Londoners and I think that the LYAC is a prime example of what it means to be making a change. With the issues young people face today and I think that nothing will change until we make change. Being involved in the LYAC allows me to make a change, no matter how big or small.

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