Erin Ball is from Botwood and is currently living in St. John’s where she is studying Biochemistry at Memorial University. She is a Memorial Ambassador and an active volunteer in her community with organizations such as the Rotaract Club of St. John’s and the MUN Stem Cell Club. Ms. Ball has won various awards and scholarships, including the Memorial University Alumni Entrance Scholarship.
Billy Barnes is from Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook and is currently living in St. John’s where he is enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering Co-Op Program at Memorial University. Mr. Barnes is a member in good standing with the South Side Fire Department and is a Junior Designer with Memorial’s Paradigm Hyperloop Team. He has helped local businesses increase their visibility through improved digital marketing literacy.
Shaelynn Barry is from Corner Brook and is currently a fourth-year Commerce student at Memorial University. Ms. Barry is passionate about social justice issues and participated in a volunteer mission to the Amazon Basin in 2015. She currently volunteers with St. John Ambulance as a Standard First-Aider, providing first aid care at community events. Ms. Barry has won various awards and scholarships, including the Dr. Leslie Harris Memorial University Alumni Association Scholarship.
McAuley Bellows is from Irishtown-Summerside and is currently in his first year of studies at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus. Mr. Bellows has received the Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Award and is a Youth Advisory Committee representative for 4-H Canada.
Lauren Carter is from Harbour Breton and is currently a Commerce student at Memorial University. She is an avid volunteer in her community and is very passionate about Human Rights and rural stability in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a newly appointed commissioner of the NL Human Rights Commission and has won various awards and scholarships, including the Memorial University Entrance Scholarship. Ms. Carter represented her community at the Miss Achievement NL Scholarship Program in 2018, winning awards for Volunteering and Community Pride.
Kaylie Chaulk is originally from Musgrave Harbour and now resides in St. John’s where she is completing a double major – Political Science and Geography – at Memorial University. Her interests lie in tourism, aquaculture, education and politics. Ms. Chaulk sits on the executive of both the NL Young Liberals and NL Youth Parliament.
Riley Farrell graduated from Marystown Central High School with Honours and a French Immersion Certificate. She is currently attending Memorial University and is working towards a degree in Science. She has been volunteering since she was eight years old and most recently held an ugly sweater skate to raise money for the Grace Sparkes House in her hometown of Marystown.
Nicholas Hillier is from St. John’s and is a first-year student at Memorial University, where he is majoring in Political Science. Over the past three summers, he has worked as an employee in various Provincial Government departments. Mr. Hillier received the 2018 Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Student Volunteer of the Year award at Waterford Valley High School. His volunteer experience includes President of Metro Youth Parliament, the St. John’s Youth Advisory Committee and the Salvation Army. He also operates his own photography business, Nicholas Hillier Photography.
Frankie Leonard is from Happy Valley-Goose Bay and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Memorial University. She was the first youth councillor on the Happy Valley-Goose Bay municipal town council in 2015. Ms. Leonard is an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society and a member of MUN Relay for Life Committee. She has a passion for politics and helping others.
Melanie Lundrigan is from Burin, where she is an Honours student at Marystown Central High School and has received various academic awards. She has also received a RISE Student Enrichment award and will be attending the Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program at the University of Toronto this summer. Ms. Lundrigan recently received early acceptance to Memorial University where she plans to pursue Civil Engineering. She is a foster mom with the Burin Peninsula Cat Rescue, tutors Math and is an active volunteer with Helping Hands and ART Club.
Raylene Mackey (Co-Chair)
Raylene Mackey, from Goulds, is in the final semester of her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (Co-op) and Law and Society at Memorial University. Ms. Mackey is currently an appointed Aide-de-Camp for the Lieutenant Governor of NL, a VOCM radio personality, and a former Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador. She is an active volunteer and has received a URock Volunteer Award and the Governor General of Canada Sovereign Medal for Volunteers. She aspires to complete a Master’s degree and attend law school in the near future.
Haley Moriarity is from Conception Bay South and is a second-year Business student at Memorial University. She is a passionate volunteer with many organizations, including the National Student Commonwealth Forum, the Canadian Improv Games, Skills Canada NL, and Air Cadets Canada. Ms. Moriarity has a passion for aviation, having obtained a private pilot license and a glider pilot license. She hopes to have a career as a commercial pilot.
Mark Murdoch (Co-Chair)
Mark Murdoch is originally from Deer Lake and recently graduated from Memorial University with an Honours degree in Business (BBA). Mr. Murdoch currently lives in Pasadena and works as a manager for Canopy Growth Corporation in Corner Brook. After being promoted as marketing director of the Newfoundland Insectarium & Butterfly Garden in 2015, Mr. Murdoch developed a passion for nature and travelled aboard to study marketing and advertising at Colorado Mesa University. In his free time, he enjoys getting involved in community events and is a proud MerB’y and former Olympic Torch bearer.
Adam Murphy is from St. John’s where he is a fourth-year Civil Engineering student at Memorial University. Among other accolades, he was awarded the $32,000 Joyce Award Scholarship for displaying personal and academic success through various hardships. He has had co-op work terms in the construction industry, working for Vigilant Management, PCL Construction, Bird Construction and Husky Energy. He has been involved with groups such as Engineers Without Borders, the Canadian Improv Games and TEDxYouth.
Bennett Newhook is a senior Mechanical Engineering student at Memorial University, specializing in Mechatronics. He is the Executive Director of Greenspace Urban Farms, a student-run social enterprise that works with rural communities to develop sustainable urban farms made from used industrial materials. Mr. Newhook was awarded first place at the 2017 Feeding 9 Billion Challenge and the 2018 Social Innovation Challenge for his work with Greenspace Urban Farms. He is also the Exploration Lead with Engineers Without Borders, Outreach Lead with the St. John’s Medical Makers and Head Referee for the Canadian Improv Games’ Newfoundland Regional Tournament.
Hailey Noseworthy is from Silverdale and is a Level 3 student at Valmont Academy. She is a Tutor for Tuition, a swim instructor, and a member of the Silver Gliders Figure Skating Club. She has participated in programs such as SHAD, MedQUEST, Miss Achievement NL and Encounters with Canada. She is also involved with numerous youth organizations, such as the Kids Help Phone National Youth Council, World Vision’s Youth Advocacy Program and the NL Youth Parliament Board of Directors and Government Bench. Ms. Noseworthy is active in her school’s student council and drama team, and has been the recipient of many awards, including SHAD’s Trevor Nason Memorial Award.
Patrick Pearson is from Dunville. He is a third-year student at Memorial University, working towards a joint degree in Behavioural Neuroscience (BSc) and Political Science (BA). He is a SHAD Fellow and a professionally trained public speaker. Mr. Pearson has also acted and performed in many plays and musicals. During the spring, he enjoys tutoring math in his local community. One of his favourite hobbies is football and he is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Laura Peckford is from Lewisporte and recently graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry Nutrition. While working towards acceptance into a Doctor of Dental Surgery program, she is completing a Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies. Ms. Peckford is an active volunteer at Rainbow Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program, a cultural ambassador at The Rooms, and a Medical First Responder with the St. John Ambulance 321 Division. She strives to apply her knowledge and compassionate personality to serve the people of her community.
Olivia Perry is from York Harbour and is a Doctor of Pharmacy student at Memorial University. Ms. Perry is a recipient of a STEAM Horizon Award and has been successful in the provincial Arts and Letters Program, as well as Poetry in Voice on a national scale. She is co-chair of Memorial’s largest mental health organization and spent her summer working in government relations for an oil and gas company.
Daniel Stark is a second-year Mechanical Engineering student at Memorial University and is currently an intern at Suncor Energy. He has attended the Commonwealth Youth Forum in Ottawa and is a SHAD Fellow at Queen’s University. Mr. Stark serves as Junior VP External on the Memorial Engineering Student Society, where he recently represented MUN at the Atlantic Council of Engineering Students AGM and at the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students Congress. He is also a member of MUN’s Paradigm Hyperloop competition student team.
Radhika Verma is from Stephenville and is currently completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Memorial University. She was crowned Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador in 2017-18, named Stephen’s Youth of the Year, and has received the Governor General Academic Medal. Ms. Verma is a SHAD Fellow at Lakehead University and is passionate about encouraging STEAM programs among youth. She currently sits on the Eat Great and Participate Youth Advisory Council NL and the MADD Bay St. George Chapter.
Katie Wells is from Happy Valley-Goose Bay and is currently a first-year music student at Memorial University. She is very interested in politics and is a member of the the Lake Melville District Association, the NL Youth Parliament board of directors, as well as the NL Young Liberals board of directors. Ms. Wells has had the opportunity to attend RADHOC and the Canadian Student Leadership Conference and is also actively involved in her community, having served as a youth councillor with the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Will White is from Grand Falls-Windsor and is the CEO of Youth Centres Canada. Mr. White has a strong passion for youth and focuses on issues such as mental health, digital literacy and violence prevention on a community, provincial and national level. The National Youth Action Council for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Telus Wise and the Frayme Advisory on Youth Matters are some examples of the organizations for which he is an active volunteer.
Sarah Winsor is from St. John’s, where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. She currently sits on the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board and holds the position of past-president of the pharmacy society. Ms. Winsor has experience volunteering with Global Brigades and the Newfoundland and Labrador Science Fairs Council. She has a strong interest in youth engagement, is an active volunteer and believes youth can have a profound impact on their communities.