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. Throughout university, Misha was involved in her faculty’s students’ council and sat as its President in her final year. She was lucky to study abroad in Rwanda, Switzerland and Israel. In May 2019, Misha acted as a teaching assistant in Rwanda, examining the country’s post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Misha has deferred her acceptance to Western Law to pursue OLIP, and hopes that she can bridge her interests in law, politics and advocacy in her future.
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Angela Butron Gutierrez was born in Argentina and immigrated to Toronto in 2002 with little knowledge of English. Her interest in public policy is driven by her lived experience in navigating complex educational, immigration, health care, and social support systems that still have many barriers to access and equity. Despite many challenges along the way, Angela recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Public Service degree, preceded by an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies with a focus on Social Policy. Prior to OLIP, Angela worked as an Analyst for the Human Services Department at the Region of Peel, and co-lead a research project on food bank usage for the Mississauga Food Bank during the summer.
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. Marion has worked as a Livestock Sustainability Assistant with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, as a research assistant on farms throughout Ontario, and as the coordinator of Meal Exchange at the University of Guelph. Passionate about the arts and the outdoors, she has been a dedicated volunteer with several environmental groups and as a literacy tutor. Marion is looking forward to learning about Ontario’s governance through OLIP.
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. During her undergrad, Vanessa was the Delegates Coordinator for Queen's Female Leadership in Politics and the Secretary for the Queen’s Pre-Law Society. Vanessa also served as Events Coordinator for Queen's Black Academic Society where she spearheaded their popular series that tackles issues to generate debate and navigate our modern landscape. Prior to OLIP, Vanessa worked for the Ministry of the Attorney General where she aided Managers of Court Operations. Vanessa has an interest in journalism as well as acting, having appeared in Canadian television programming. Vanessa is honored to join OLIP and looks forward to exploring the legislative process and politics.
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. Additionally, she studied the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and conducted field research centered on mobilities in Seoul, South Korea with the Munk School of Global Affairs. Within the Trinity College community, she served as Co-President of the Environmental Society and Project Lead of the Volunteer Society initiative, Community Cooking. Jennifer is humbled to be a part of OLIP!
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. There she had the opportunity to continue helping students as a teaching assistant for two political science courses and as a graduate writing tutor. Meaghan is interested in poverty alleviation initiatives and the connection between education and labour market participation. She is excited to be part of this year’s OLIP cohort.
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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. Jeremy has presented at academic conferences and has been the recipient of awards for research and academic excellence, including the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. He has also been an intern at a non-profit in Peterborough. Jeremy’s interests include political history, social and political philosophy, and public policy. He is excited, honoured and humbled to be a part of OLIP.
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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. He also served one term as a councillor on the University Students Council representing the Social Science faculty. Kieran is very excited to have been selected for OLIP and he is looking forward to learning more about the development of public policy in Ontario.
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. She really enjoys working in and learning from public service roles, most recently as a graduate library assistant at U of T’s Map and Data Library. Clare recently spent a semester of her Master’s abroad at Sciences Po Paris, where she was able to learn about policy in a comparative context while enjoying good food and museums.
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. Fluently bilingual, Eric has a strong interest in Official Languages, Canadian history and politics. Eric focused his studies on the concept of the Canadian National identity and hopes that his time at Queen’s Park will provide him with a unique point of view of the Ontario Legislature within the whole of the Canadian political system.