Youth Leaders of Tomorrow

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GlobalFest’s YLOT program allows young professionals to access an environment where they can be actively trained by senior staff in the complexities and intricacies of event production and gain the competencies needed to compete in today’s work force.

Affectionately known as the Y-LOTs, students from various backgrounds of education come together to help make GlobalFest a success. These students are involved in virtually every aspect of the Festival, from production, marketing, programming, to procurement, client services, volunteer recruitment and training, as well as event coordination.

Meet the 2017 YLOTs!

Amanda Williams - Volunteer Coordinator

Amanda just finished her 3rd year of Business at the University of Victoria. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce with a double specialization in Service Management and Entrepreneurship from the Gustavson School of Business. Amanda spent the first two years of her Business degree at SAIT where she received a diploma in Hospitality Management. Amanda has a passion for everything hospitality related (travel, food and beverage, events/festivals, etc.). She has travelled around 14 countries and enjoys trying new restaurants with her close friends and family. The role of Volunteer Coordinator will be a challenging and exciting opportunity for Amanda to learn and develop more skills in both hospitality and business related aspects.

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Aviva Fialkow - Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Aviva recently concluded her 4th year of Communications Studies at the University of Calgary. In the coming year, she will be working towards completing a certificate in Sustainability Studies. In her spare time, Aviva loves taking trips to the mountains, going out to eat with friends, and playing with her beloved dog Ruby. Her passion for food, multiculturalism, fireworks, and community engagement are what drew her to GlobalFest. Aviva is extremely grateful for the opportunity to occupy the position of Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She is eager to gain meaningful and relevant work experience with the GlobalFest team this summer!

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Daria Emami - Program Coordinator

Daria just completed her second year of Marketing at the University of Calgary. She has been involved with performing arts festivals in Calgary since childhood, which led to her desire to be on the GlobalFest team. Daria is an advocate for increasing arts and community programming around the city, and she is excited to work with a foundation that has been bringing Calgarians together for 15 years. When she is not working or studying, Daria likes to take every opportunity to travel, which has led her to doing exchange programs and volunteer trips around the world.

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Jack Drybrough - Administrative Coordinator

Jack will be starting his third year at the University of Victoria in the Fall. He is pursuing a degree in Commerce and plans to major in International Finance. Born and raised in Calgary, Jack enjoys spending time in the mountains, playing multiple sports, travelling, and spending time with family and friends. The Administrative Coordinator position will challenge Jack to build and practice multiple skillsets in a hardworking environment. Jack looks forward to being a part of this enthusiastic team and is excited to contribute to an awesome festival.

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Taryn Craig - Program Assistant

Taryn is a third year Sociology major at the University of Victoria. She comes from an extensive background in the Arts and Cultural communities in Calgary having worked and volunteered for many different arts companies and festivals over the years. She is passionate about the role that cultural platforms play in influencing social change and is looking forward to working with GlobalFest's Human Rights forum this year.

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