Our Team Members
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Clare MacDonald, born and raised in Toronto, is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Master’s of Public Policy and McMaster’s Bachelor of Arts & Science programs. She is open to a wide range of policy areas and is especially keen to learn more about environmental and social policy while at Queen’s Park. Having worked in the federal government and as a municipal employee, Clare is also interested in how different levels of government interact across Canada.
Study Tours chair
Jeremy Istead was raised in Peterborough, Ontario. He completed his post-secondary education at the University of Guelph, earning an Honours BA in History and Philosophy in 2016, and an MA in History in 2018. His Major Research Paper was a history of sexual harassment in Ontario universities in the 1980s and 1990s.
Meaghan Irons completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Western University, where she balanced her time working at the social sciences library and volunteering on her faculty student council, career centre, international students centre, and writing centre. Meaghan’s interest in politics developed from her work experiences with the Ontario Public Service and through her undergraduate courses, which led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Politics at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Eric Osborne grew up in the town of Courtice, Ontario. A recent graduate of the University of Guelph, he earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in French Studies. Eric worked as an analyst with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, spending summers at their offices in Gatineau, Quebec and working from Guelph during his final year of undergrad.
Social Media chair
Kieran Lawlor was born and raised in Toronto. A recent graduate of Western University, Kieran completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminology, graduating with distinction. Kieran’s involvement at Queen’s Park began during his term as a Legislative Page in 2010. During university, Kieran volunteered as a Residence Orientation Leader for one year and as a Faculty Orientation Leader for two years to assist first year students in their transition to university life.
Misha Apel was born in Hamilton, Ontario to a family of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. She graduated from Western University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, double majoring at the School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities in English Language and Literature with a minor in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction.
Jennifer Han is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto where she completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Peace, Conflict & Justice and Political Science. During her time as an undergraduate, she took an interest in exploring the complexities surrounding diasporic and refugee identities. She worked as a project lead for Matthew House Toronto, aiding in the creation of a virtual adjudication simulation for refugees.
Marion Davies has spent the past two years as a Killam Predoctoral Scholar at Dalhousie University, working on a Master of Environmental Studies that examines opportunities to mitigate climate change through the global food system. Prior to this, she completed her B.A. in Geography as a President’s Scholar at the University of Guelph.
Vanessa Groves is a recent graduate from Queen’s University, and is immersed in the field of arts and academia. Vanessa graduated from Queen’s University Summa cum Laude with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and Global Development.