Meet The Team

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Assistant Festival Manager

Cherise holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media from Ryerson University. She is also a professional dancer and dance teacher. Cherise has been apart of StArt YPA since 2012 and strives to make a difference in her community.

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Cherise Solomon

Volunteer Coordinator

Connie holds a Bachelor of Design in Material Arts and Design from OCAD University. She is an artist, designer, and art educator. She hopes that StArt YPA inspires community members to find their own creative outlet to make their communities a better place. 

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Connie Tong

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Secretary, Outreach & Photographer

Hristina is a graduate of Humber College’s Creative Photography program. Currently, she is enrolled in the Media and Communications Program at the University of Guelph-Humber. Growing up and experiencing the benefits of both deaf and hearing communities, she hopes to create a more accessible and inclusive environment in which people can express their artistic talents and passions. She has been a part of the StArt YPA community since 2014.

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Aniqa Rahman graduated from University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and owes much of her success in life to her roots -- including her beliefs, family, friends and mentors. Community Arts has been an integral part of her healing process as well as growth towards her individuality.

Research &Community Outreach



Maggie is currently in her last year of the Accounting and Financial Management program at the University of Waterloo and she is working toward a CPA designation. She has gained experience in public and industry accounting through her internship placements and is continuously developing herself as an aspiring professional. She is very excited to assist the StArt YPA team this year with their accounting and financial needs.


Past members

Fatin Noor

Connie Zhang

Edwina Chu

Mayesha Alam

Terra Pham

Abrar Quazi