2023 Federal and Young Greens Council Elections
Electing the representatives of the Green Party of Canada's members
Ogkayan Brillantes (she/her) is a passionate individual born and raised on Treaty 7 (Calgary AB) in the last semester of her undergraduate degree in International Studies specializing in international political economy. When she became a youth ambassador for World Vision at fifteen years old Ogkayan became passionate about bringing awareness to ongoing social justice issues and climate action. As a fifteen year who was self-determined to get her peers involved, she started to assist in organizing workshops for young people. Several years later Ogkayan’s concern for the climate and ongoing environmental issues grew in 2021 after experiencing the heat dome that affected most of western Canada and the ongoing devastating forest fires.
As a university student, Ogkayan's dedication to fostering a welcoming environment for new students, particularly international students, led her to volunteer with the intercultural program on campus in 2022. Her genuine desire to help others find their place and purpose in university life became evident through this experience. Within a short time, she was recognized for her empathetic approach and valuable insights, which prompted her to step into the student leadership role of a peer instructor. As a campus peer instructor, Ogkayan now takes pride in guiding first-year students, empowering them to navigate challenges, and inspiring them to discover their true potential and purpose during their university journey. Her role as a student leader has taught her to be more confident in her ability to make important decisions and empathetic towards others' well-being. Ogkayan aspires to bring these traits as the Alberta representative for the Young Greens of Canada.
To endorse the best interests of Albertans, Ogkayan believes that we must continue to take climate action, further increase greater access to free mental health services, and remove socioeconomic barriers by implementing strategies and initiatives that promote equal opportunities regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation.
In her spare time, Ogkayan dedicates herself to a part-time remote role at Th3rdPlace, a mental health and well-being start-up aimed towards university students, where she excels as a content strategist, fueled by her unwavering commitment to promoting awareness about mental health issues.
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