Alana Couvrette is a 4th year student at the University of Ottawa studying Administration Publique et Science Politique. Over the past few years, she has worked enthusiastically with several organizations that seek to improve the plight of at-risk and marginalized youth, especially young women and girls.
As a member of the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities, she advises the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Children and Youth Services on ways to improve government programs and services for youth. Through her community engagement, she is able to echo the voices and concerns of Francophone youth, homeless youth and youth living in poverty. At the municipal level, she is an active member of the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee. Alana works with the youth council to advise the city of Ottawa on methods to encourage and amplify youth voices that are traditionally underrepresented.
On campus, she is President of the University of Ottawa’s United Way Student Association. She is currently managing the LeadHer Initiative, a project that provides a local young women’s shelter with 1 year of leadership and confidence building activities. Alana is also the Director of Logistics for the University of Ottawa’s Equal Voice. She is responsible for overseeing the development of the 7th annual She Will Run conference, an event aimed at encouraging more women to run for office and become leaders in the political field.
As a budding feminist, Alana has channeled her passion for women’s rights and empowerment into three different YWCA Canada councils. First, she is a Youth Advisor on YWCA Canada’s Leadership Institute Advisory Committee, which guides the development of Canada’s first young women’s leadership institute. Second, she is a Member of YWCA Canada’s Leadership Summit Animation Team (LSAT), an advisory committee comprised of young women from across Canada who help guide the creation of the 2nd annual National Young Women’s Leadership Summit. Finally, she is a Youth Advisor for YWCA Canada’s Project Shift, a 30-month project that seeks to create a safer digital world for young women and girls.
Alana is passionate about the organizations that she volunteers with and the work that she does to improve the wellbeing of young people in her community. Her leadership skills were recently noticed by Deloitte, who selected her to attend the Deloitte National Leadership Conference in August 2016. Alana is the first student in political science and public administration to ever attend this event. In addition, she was recently nominated by the University of Ottawa’s United Way Campaign Manager for the Leading Women, Leading Girls Award by the Ontario Women’s Directorate.
2017 Position: Co-Director of Advocacy