Project C Members
I was born in Montreal, QC and was relocated to Toronto in 2001. I was often targeted and got into problems attending school and was found to have a learning disability on the Autism Spectrum (Aspergers Syndrome). I often went through school excluded and confused and started getting into hip-hop to pass time. I also in grade 8 and starting high school started attending a program at the YMCA called YLC (now called YLD youth leadership development) which was the space I needed to grow and find myself. From here, I was motivated and encouraged and started to pursue a more positive life, and started working at the YMCA when I turned 16. I also started to pursue music and am continuing to grow as an individual. As someone from this adopted background who grew up to see myself and several friends go through the YCJS, I wanted to join Project C because there is a lot of work that needs to be done for youth in care.
My name is Thaila-Paige Dixon and I am the Youth coordinator for Cross-over youth’s advisory committee Project C. I am a former youth in care and cross-over youth, which means I have had experience living in group care as well the youth judicial system. I spent many years in the care of the CAS and during my time I have met so many other youth who have faced similar experiences, and collectively we would feel helpless in our circumstances. Having been through that experience and being able to come out of it relatively unscathed has given me an entirely new outlook on life and has awarded me with a perspective that is far greater than what I can be taught in textbooks. My hope is to be able to provide a platform for youth in care in which they can begin to find their own agency and to create sustainable fundamental change within the child welfare system.
My name is Tiffany, I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. My mother raised myself and two older siblings while finishing her high school education and still managing to provide for us. The hardships faced by my mother is what encouraged me to pursue my B.A. in History. At a certain point in my early teens, I had people in my life that were youth in care. This allowed me to gain a limited awareness of some of the experiences youth will encounter while in care. The experiences of my friends and peers is what got me interested in getting involved with Project C. I believe youth participation and involvement is important because when people take an active interest in their own path, it provides a sense of purpose and autonomy that is irrevocable.
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If you have any questions or comments please email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Project C does not have a set office location,however most of our members live in Toronto or are in the Greater Toronto area. If you do not live in Toronto we will find ways to accommodate you.