Rutvik Sheth

Town of Ajax - rutvik.sheth@durhamyc.ca 


Rutvik is a student at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax.  Rutvik is a well-rounded person and plans to pursue his dream of becoming an engineer. Along with studies, Rutvik is involved in many extra-curricular activities inside school, such as robotics team, trivia club, newspaper club, debate club, and cricket. Outside school, Rutvik is part of a varsity cricket team.  On the Durham Youth Council, Rutvik hopes to be the voice of his community and encourage youth to be part of their growing community.

WHAT IS A YOUTH COUNCILLOR?

YOUR YOUTH COUNCILLORS

Hassan Abdallah

Town of Ajax - hassan.abdallah@durhamyc.ca 


Hassan is a second year student at UOIT, studying criminology and forensic psychology. Aside from this, Hassan works as a voice toward youth mentorship and employment, vigorously working to improve the environment for youth in the workplace. Hassan volunteers regularly at the Muslim interscholastic tournament, or MIST, as well as a high school Muslim students' association to mentor minority youth in future endeavours. Hassan enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and spending time with family.

Tyreek Gaynor-Fray

Town of Ajax - tyreek.gaynor-fray@durhamyc.ca 

Tenzin Shomar

Municipality of Clarington - tenzin.shomar@durhamyc.ca 


Tenzin is a grade twelve student at Bowmanville High School. On Youth Council, he represents the
Municipality of Clarington, in addition to his role as Youth Chair. Previously, Tenzin has served as Chair of the Policy Committee and most recently Deputy Youth Chair. Tenzin also has a strong passion for student voice in education, serving as a Student Trustee for the 2016-17 school year and is currently a member of the Minister's Student Advisory Council. Tenzin understands the issues that youth face and he continues to be a strong voice and advocate for young people in Clarington and across Durham Region.

Arabella Pick

Township of Uxbridge - arabella.pick@durhamyc.ca 

Kyle Fitzgerald

City of Oshawa - kyle.fitzgerald@durhamyc.ca 


Kyle is a second-year student at the University of Toronto, studying political science and history. Aside from serving as Youth Council Chair, Kyle is also a Youth Councillor representing his hometown of Oshawa, a position he has held since 2012.  Kyle has served as Vice-Chair of Youth Council's Planning Committee, Youth Council Deputy Chair, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. Outside of Youth Council, Kyle holds the position of Secretary of the Board for Carea Community Health Centre, and is Riding Association President for a major Ontario political party.​

Amir Siddique

City of Oshawa - amir.siddique@durhamyc.ca 


Amir is a student at Maxwell Heights SS.  Amir has volunteered for Lakeridge Health- Oshawa and has worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Oshawa. At his high-school, Amir founded a group for Mental Health awareness and was able to connect with 1,600 students on how important it is to maintain positive mental health. In addition, he was also the Prime Minister of his high-school for the 2016-2017 school year. Aside from that, Amir has also performed at several concerts to raise money for charity. Due to his experiences, he was led to take on the responsibility of becoming a Youth Councillor for the City of Oshawa as he wanted to represent the youth of Oshawa and be an outlet for all of their voices. Due to his love for biology and strong need to help others, he one day aspires to become a doctor, so he can continue giving back to his community.

Youth Councillors

The Durham Youth Council consists of up to fourteen Youth Councillors, three of which are reserved for young residents in North Durham (Brock, Scugog, and Uxbridge).


A Youth Councillor can be anyone between the ages of thirteen and twenty-four, who either lives or attends school within Durham Region.


Youth Councillors serve as the voice of young people within their municipality.  They represent one of Durham's eight lower-tier municipalities: Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Scugog, Uxbridge, or Brock.


Youth Councillors bring forward issues that are affecting young people in their community, and work with local and Regional Councillors, staff, MPPs, MPs, and others to address problems faced by youth in their area.  Youth Councillors work together to run events, aiming to promote youth engagement in democracy.  They are given the opportunity to meet with elected officials, staff, media, and other young people to promote causes in which they believe.


There is no set time commitment for a Durham Youth Councillor.  Youth Councillors who are passionate about enacting change in their community will be given every opportunity to do so; Youth Councillors can devote as much, or as little time as needed to accomplish what they hope to achieve during their time on Youth Council.


Youth Councillors meet in-person as a group once a month, rotating between Durham Region's eight municipalities.  In addition, Committee meetings are held as-needed, usually once every two or three months.