Our 10 speakers of TEDxYouth@DoyleAve 2020!


Avery Chalmers

Age: 16

Grade: 11

School: Kelowna Secondary School

Favourite TED Talk: This is what happens when you reply to spam email - James Veitch

Title of Talk: Resilience Through Sport

Bio: Avery's passions are basketball and volleyball. In the winter, she is out on the slopes skiing and snowboarding. During the summertime, you can find her out on the lake water skiing and paddle boarding. She is bilingual in french and english and is looking forward to furthering her education in both languages. She also loves travelling and spending time with her family and friends.


Tracy Cloutier

Age: 13

Grade: 7

School: Canyon Falls Middle School

Favourite TED Talk: Can you really tell if a kids lying? - Kang Lee

Title of Talk: Do they see the same thing you do ?

Bio: Tracy is very artistic and loves to draw and sketch. She really likes music and can play 7 different instruments and is in her grade 7 band at school. She plays percussion in band and will be playing in the music festival in April. Tracy loves acting, she was in acting classes at her school and has been in multiple Kelowna Actors Studio productions. She plays basketball and is on the grade 7 girls CMS girls basketball team. Tracy likes taking walks in nature and loves animals. She used to live in Vietnam, and lived there for 8 years before she moved back to Kelowna last year. Tracy can speak 4 languages and is fluent in 2 of them, she can speak a little bit of Spanish and Japanese while being I’m fluent in English and Vietnamese. Tracy likes traveling and exploring and has traveled to 3 different countries.


Ashley Ciardullo

Age: 14

Grade: 9

School: Rutland Senior Secondary

Favourite TED Talk: This is what happens when you reply to spam emails - James Veitch

Title of Talk: How Youth are giving Sustainability a Second Take

Bio: Ashley is a grade nine student at Rutland Senior Secondary school. She is very passionate about opening up new opportunities for youth. She helped implement Operation Take Two at her school. Come watch her talk to find out more.


Sienna Garding & Clarissa Adams

Age: 11/12

Grade: 5/6

School: Peter Greer Elementary

Favourite TED Talk: School strike for climate - save the world by changing the rules - Greta Thunberg

Title of Talk: Get Outside

Bio:  Sienna lives in Lake Country and goes to school at Peter Greer Elementary. She loves playing soccer, crafting art projects,drawing, and playing the ukulele. Her favourite thing to do is head outside and spend time around the forests and lakes in the Okanagan. She would love to be a vet and famous soccer player when she is older. Sienna also has a wonderful dog named Douglas who is very playful and loves to eat vegetables. She is very excited to do her TED Talk with Clarissa and is hoping that they both have a great time.

Clarissa lives in Lake Country and goes to school at Peter Greer Elementary. She loves rap, playing the ukulele, drawing and sketching, hiking, running and Naruto. Her favourite place to be is in her sit spot in the Clearwater Greenspace close to her school. She would love to be a famous rapper and a photographer when she is older. She is also very excited to be a part of this learning journey with her best friend Sienna.


Brian Jiang

Age: 17

Grade: 12

School: Heritage Christian School

Favourite TED Talk: How to Prevent School Shootings - Jillian Peterson

Title of Talk: You are not Alone

Bio: Brian is an incredibly musical person and loves to sing. He is very outgoing and friendly and is actively involved with his community. Brian is a youth leader at his church which is how he spends his Tuesday evenings. At school he is a leader on student council and is involved in creating fun social gatherings for his peers. Brian's goal for the future is to be able to release music at a professional level and to reach out to young people who are struggling with depression and anxiety through his music. 

Olivia Orlewicz

Age: 13

Grade: 7

School: Dr. Knox Middle School

Favourite TED Talk: The Ostrich Effect - Ed Winters

Title of Talk: The Issues of Youth Censorship

Bio: Olivia's passions are horseback riding, writing creative stories, drawing, archery, and sharing her beliefs and opinions on animal rights and agriculture. She loves listening to music and editing videos. Olivia's favourite music artist is Billie Eilish. She loves watching movies and her favourites are (almost) all the Star Wars movies. Olivia achieved her junior black belt in Kung Fu in December of 2018. Her favorite subject in school is English because she enjoys reading and writing. Olivia became vegan when she was 10 because she realized that she loves animals too much to eat them. She is very energetic and outgoing but can sometimes get nervous when meeting new people.


Paul Steigenberger

Age: 11

Grade: 5

School: Oyama Traditional School

Favourite TED Talk: Why pasta comes in all shapes and sizes

Title of Talk: TBA

Bio: Paul goes to Oyama Traditional school and his favorite subject is math. In his free time, he likes to read, play board games, dance, and be outdoors. Every Saturday, he volunteers at the Warren Peace Bunny Sanctuary. Paul's responsibilities are cleaning the cages, feeding the animals, and taking care of the sick ones. Sometimes he fosters sick guinea pigs at his house. The owner of the farm continues to teach Paul a lot about the animals, animal care and their natural habitats. She was the one who inspired Paul to become vegan, because she told him how the animals are being treated in factory farms and slaughterhouses. Since then, Paul has been more aware of the horrific situations for farm animals. He wants to help raise awareness about the origin of animals products.


Alyssa Sundstrom

Age: 16

Grade: 10

School: Mount Boucherie Secondary School

Favourite TED Talk: “Locker Room Talk” Says Who? - Alexis Jones

Title of Talk: Shaping Tough Times and Becoming a Happy Human

Bio: Alyssa is an energetic and easy going person. She likes meeting new people and travelling. Alyssa loves to sing, dance and play trumpet. She has always been a fan of country music. Alyssa always enjoy spending time with friends and finding different ways to make people around her smile. When Alyssa is older she wants to be a nurse and find new ways to help others make an impact in someone’s life!

Karah Hopgood



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