2017 EPC Nominee: Janelle Hinds

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Everyday Political Citizen Tuesday, October 31, 2017 View Count = 1689

2017 EPC Nominee: Janelle Hinds

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Janelle Hinds of Mississauga, ON, was nominated by Thomas Wolcott

Janelle is a great candidate for Everyday Political Citizen. I have worked with her on Helping Hands and have heard more about her from peers. She has done amazing work in her community.

Janelle Hinds has been an instrumental leader within McMaster University and the GTHA community. While working on her Bachelors of Engineering with majors in both Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, she realized her passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), education, entrepreneurship and diversity issues.

Janelle is the founder of Helping Hands. Helping Hands is a platform to help increase youth civic engagement in their communities by providing better resources to help them find and complete volunteer placements while providing them skill building opportunities for their future careers. Earlier this year, Janelle’s effort were recognized by the Ontario government and she was awarded a grant to facilitate workshops that would encourage youth engagement and skill building particularly for minority youth in the GTA.

Looking at her past, she has worked with the McMaster Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers as the Program Coordinator with the aim to increase the number of responsible engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. One of her greatest accomplishments at McMaster was founding HackItMac, now known as PhaseOne, a collaborative technical community with students from all faculties which helped create experiential, self-directed, and interdisciplinary learning experiences for her peers. She organized deltaHacks, the first student-run hackathon in North America with a focus on enabling positive social change. The PhaseOne team worked with McMaster University to build and design a large makerspace, a physical space with tools and resources for students to build innovative and creative projects. Janelle also worked with Engineers Without Borders, the Alumni Office, Women In Engineering, and several other clubs across campus to promote entrepreneurship, diversity issues and student development.

This year, Janelle was nominated as a YWCA Hamilton’s Women of Distinction and chosen as She Moves Youth Outstanding Achievement Award Winner. She traveled to Ottawa as a part of Daughters of the Vote, where she had the opportunity to testify to the Status of Women Committee about Women in Non-Traditional fields. This testimony will be used in future reports done by the government in discussion of new bills. Janelle also had opportunity to discuss issues from the importance of youth civic participation to mental health support for the black community.

I believe Janelle is an amazing young woman who has shown dedication to improving community. She is an Everyday Political Citizen.

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Samara's Everyday Political Citizen celebrates positive political role models and builds a culture of positive politics in Canada. Conducted coast-to-coast-to-coast, the contest aims to recognize the rich diversity of politics and democracy in Canada, crowdsourcing hundreds of nominations from Canadians like you. Read more about Everyday Political Citizen, see more nominations, or submit your own nomination.

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