IYHD will be hosting a Cannabis Education Panel for Youth to create a discussion around the the legalization of cannabis and how this will affect young people in Toronto and Canada as a whole. Our panelists come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we strongly encourage youth to come with questions that we can discuss. IYHD's population focus this year is on newcomer, refugee, and racialized youth and our discussions will touch on themes such as marginalization, criminalization, public health advocacy and youth policy.
A Policy Development Officer with the Toronto Drug Strategy Secretariat at Toronto Public Health, Sudha has over 15 years of experience in public policy, advocacy, community engagement and research in public health. She is currently providing policy leadership for cannabis legalization at Toronto Public Health working in collaboration with municipal and provincial partners, and public health organizations. Sudha recently provided public health expertise to the Senate of Canada's Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology during its study of Bill C-45 (Cannabis Act). Sudha has undergraduate degrees from the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, and a Master's degree from the University of Guelph. She is passionate about coaching newcomer professionals and students in public health.
Denzil Rose is a Greenhouse technology honours graduate from Niagara College, he has volunteered with and toured many Canadian licensed producers as well as working full time as a grower at a state-of-the art cannabis greenhouse over the past summer. Denzil has long been an activist for safe and educated cannabis use and the reform or Canadian Cannabis laws and regulations. Currently Denzil is working part time as a grower and is enrolled in Niagara College’s Commercial Cannabis Production Program. When he is not at the greenhouse or studying, Denzil participates in extracurricular activities such as attending greenhouse and cannabis industry events, horticultural consulting, gardening, yoga and rock climbing.
Ally Dodds has been working in youth health promotion in one form or another for the last 7 years. Her early work was focused on social action theatre- written, performed and directed by young people addressing issues from their own lives with an anti-oppression lens. As a public health professional, She has worked on initiatives aimed at engaging young people in discussions around psychoactive substance use, including opioids, cannabis and tobacco. She is passionate about pursuing systems-level questions, examining implicit values, and always checking conflicts of interest! She is a self-proclaimed crappy-guitar player, amateur vegetarian chef, and YA novel lover.
Toyosi Monilari was born in Nigeria and is a graduate of York University. She graduated with 2 degrees with honours (Honours in Psychology and Health Studies). She is currently doing her master’s degree at McMaster University in Health Management. She started an initiative to help young mothers in 2012 called Empower Young Mothers. This program’s aim is to provide enough resources to encourage moms to finish their education. Her volunteer experience includes visiting Haiti 2011, 2012 and 2013 where she helped people who suffered from the earth quake get back on their feet. Other activities that she helped conduct in Haiti include: preparing and delivering meals to orphaned children, provided programming for children, widowed women and families living in tent cities at the epicenter of the 2010 Haitian earthquake. She is currently the Clinic Manager at Apollo Applied Research, where she educates patients on the use of their Medical Cannabis, and the most effective way to use their medication.
Uzzi has extensive experience in hosting and emceeing various events such as baby showers, birthday parties, weddings, UofT Frosh Week, Scarborough’s Best Dance Crew, and Q & A panels. He’s well connected within the emerging cannabis industry, previously educating patients on pain management remedies, including the safe consumption of cannabis, risks involved, and the intricate legalities. Previous to that, he has a research background where he wrote his thesis in meta-analytical assessment to explore the long-term effects of THC on pain receptors at the University of Toronto.