Chair & Founder
Mira Tshilombo is a Social Entrepreneur & Philanthropist with a background in aviation, business development, sales & communications. She has dedicated most of her young life to helping others and taken trips to Haiti, where she volunteered for St.Boniface Hospital. She believes in youth empowerment, leadership by example, education and unity of the human race and aims to educate others on these beliefs. Through her professional and volunteer work she has learned that she has the ability influence others into working together in order to achieve what is necessary for the greater good. She hopes that with this influence, YAACAN will bring a fresh perspective to the world of Non-Profit Organizations.
Zachary Joel Kary
Growing up in the Canadian Rockies, Zach has always had a deep appreciation and respect of our planet’s natural systems, and this fascination was the catalyst to most of the motivations and actions in his career and personal life. As a youth, Zach spent most of his time outdoors as a high-level athlete, competing in the international freestyle ski circuit. Through travelling for ski trips and influence by many like-minded individuals in the community, Zach gained an unparalleled environmental education on top of his regular schooling. Zach’s academic career continued to focus on environmental studies through his post-secondary education earning him both a Bachelors degree and Post-Graduate certificate. Zach has gained a complex understanding of ecology, natural systems and environmental sciences that he hopes to bring on positive world progression through YAACAN’s platform.
Rachael Otukol was born in Toronto to Ugandan and Jamaican parents. Her family relocated to Victoria in 1996. Rachael has previously assisted in writing proposals and grant applications to develop cutting edge desalination technology for Greater Nile Water. She is currently a member of the BC Black History Awareness Society and Kulea Culture Society, an organization that strives to support educational initiatives among black youth in Victoria. Rachael’s experience and passion for sustainable development and social responsibility make her an excellent fit for the YAACAN team.
Phil is an outdoor enthusiast and small business owner. He’s gained wealth of knowledge through his travels where he hikes and climbs. He hopes to never stop learning about our global cultures and environments through creatively using hiking and climbing as a means to achieve his ambitions.
Phil was raised in the small town of Cornwall, Ontario between Montreal and Ottawa. He spent a large majority of his youth working alongside his parents, where he was able to learn necessary skills that are needed in order to run a successful business. He has now taken over the family business and intends to use the business to create more meaningful relationships with other business, community leaders and organizations, thus allowing the business to have a greater impact both on a personal and community economic level.
Phil’s passion for the outdoors, the environment and need to make a positive impact in our global communities make him an excellent addition to the YAACAN team.