For the first time ever in Scarborough Walk of Fame history, the Rising Star Award will be given to young leaders who are empowering people in their community and beyond.
2018 Rising Star Inductees
Dedicated to empowering girls and young women, Scarborough’s own Ravicha Ravinthiran has had a meaningful impact on her community. Focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Ravicha mentors countless girls and serves on numerous advisory committees and community youth initiatives. The Female EMpowerment Project (FEM), Ravicha’s own grassroots initiative, helps young women from all socio-economic backgrounds to develop leadership skills and tools for personal and professional growth. Whether it’s organizing a clothing drive for refugees, raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society, teaching girls about gender equality and consent or collecting pop can tabs for wheelchairs, Ravicha can be counted on to lend her time and effort.
Born HIV positive, Ashley Rose Murphy has overcome many barriers including mild cerebral palsy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, learning disability, stigma and discrimination to become the healthy young advocate she is today.
Ashley has spoken at WE Day events across Canada, addressed the UN general Assembly in New York and UNAIDS in Geneva. She is the recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, the Queen’s Young Leader Award and the Prince’s Charities Global Leader award. She is a Global Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, a blogger for the Huffington Post and has appeared in countless magazines, newspapers and television programs.
Youth and mental health advocate, author, musician, singer/song writer and public speaker, Delicia Raveenthrarajan has worked with WE for years helping to raise funds for communities all over the world. She partners with School Boards across North America, writes and speaks to students, corporations and education professionals about leadership, mental health issues and the stigma the neuro-divergent community faces. Her original song, One World was inspired by her work as a young activist. As president of Sir Oliver Mowat C.I.’s WE Club, Delicia encourages her classmates to join her in affecting positive change in her community and abroad.
University of Toronto, Scarborough graduate, Yasmin Rajabi is an engaged community leader. As a student, she managed the campus Tax Clinic, a free service that filed over 1200 returns and offered over 30 young people work experience. She also established the campus’ first food bank. The program currently serves hundreds of students, staff and community members. As the Volunteer and Partnership Lead at Food Secure Canada’s Youth Caucus Executive, Yasmin is dedicated to mobilizing young people and advancing the dialogue around food security issues across Canada. Through the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), a non-profit she founded, Yasmin engages young women and girls in politics and civic issues and provides inspiration and empowerment.