2018 Rising Star Inductees
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.
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.