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Meet the Parachute Youth Advisory Team

Meet the Parachute Youth Advisory Team

The Parachute Youth Advisory Team is made up of six outstanding youths from across Canada who are passionate about injury prevention. The YAT helps to shape the No Regrets program and contributes to special Parachute projects throughout the year including a peer review of the Stacey Levitt Memorial award finalists.

 Here is a quick look at YAT:

Nolan Benesh

Nolan is 19 years old and a full-time student at the University of Regina in the Faculty of Business Administration. Nolan is very active in his community through volunteering and competitive sports. In 2010, Nolan carried the Olympic Torch and in 2011 was a medal bearer in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay for Life. Nolan was a recipient of a 2013 Saskatchewan Junior Citizen of the Year Award and is also a 2013 Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Scholar. 

Nolan is passionate about programs and initiatives that may prevent injuries and save lives, and has two primary interests in the YAT.  One is trying to end or reduce incidents that he has witnessed with peers his own age "doing before thinking" that have resulted in injuries and fatalities.  The second is injury prevention in sports.  Nolan looks forward to working with other YAT members from across Canada to help young adults take ownership and make smarter decisions about their risk taking behaviours and actions.

 

Jenny Cho

Jenny is hails from Richmond Hill, Ont. She spends her spare time listening to music and watching movies. She is very excited to be part of Parachute's YAT.

Elize Clarke

Elize is a student who enjoys writing, reading and the arts. She is also an athlete and takes great pleasure in various sports, but mainly competitive cheerleading. Her interest with injury prevention sprouted from her involvement in competitive cheerleading where safety equipment and safety precautions are the most effective injury prevention methods. She stands behind Parachute’s goals and focus on the fact that small choices can be very important in everyday life.

 

Caitlin Dobratz

Caitlinis a graduate of Nipissing Universitywith an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in social welfare and social development. Currently, Caitlin is employed at Community Living North Bay and gets a lot of satisfaction from working with people who have intellectual disabilities. Caitlin has been involved with Parachute since high school and finds the program to be extremely rewarding. Caitlin is honoured to be a returning member of the YAT because the issue of injury is important to her. She feels too many young people in today’s society are taking dangerous risks without thinking about the consequences. Caitlin knows that something as simple as wearing a helmet while biking or skating could be the difference between life and death, and appreciates the positive message that Parachute offers: that there are many ways to have fun while reducing your chance of injury.

 

Emma Fricker

Emma is from Mississauga, Ont. Emma hopes to pursue a career in medicine after completing university studies. Her dream to go into medicine stems directly from her experience with sports related injuries and their associated treatments. She wants to help others who are struggling with similar situations through her work. As an athlete who has competed very competitively in rep soccer, dinghy sailing and downhill ski racing, Emma has received injuries ranging from broken bones and dislocated joints to torn ligaments requiring surgery and concussions. She has realized the lack of protection in some sports leads to these preventable injuries.  As a member of the youth advisory team, she hopes to make contributions that will help other people avoid preventable injuries in sport and elsewhere.

 

Anya Mayoss Hurd

Anya lives in the heart and beauty of the Okanagan Valley, B.C. She loves the outdoors and spends every minute in nature that she can. Exploring, music festivals, animals, reading, camping, and travelling are some of her hobbies. She loves adventure and trying new things. She works as a nanny full time and is upgrading her classes online. She has a passion for helping others and is hoping to fulfill that passion by being a registered nurse.She is a veteran on the youth advisory team and she's excited to partake in more fun projects this year.