Volunteer Team

Dakota Shelby

Dakota has become interested in social justice work over the last two years. They are focused primarily on injustices within the healthcare system, as well as on queer and trans issues. After internalizing the ramifications of the academic industrial complex they have decided to leave their history degree hanging and take the grassroots approach to learning. They are passionate about expanding their knowledge of social justice issues, and want to help others learn about ways to create change in their communities.

Since spring 2017 Dakota has been involved with Check Your Head. They originally got involved as a member of the Poverty and Income Inequality cohort, and, as of fall 2017, they are excited to fill the position of Blog Coordinator

Mutia Juristika

Mutia is inspired by the multicultural society in Canada. It is what makes her interested to join the Inclusion and Anti-Racism project. The other reasons of her interest in this program are to meet Vancouver youth, learn new skills, and get new experiences outside of school. After her arrival in Canada in 2014 from Indonesia, Mutia joined youth leadership programs for about two years. Vancouver has a lot of volunteering opportunities which enables her to volunteer for community gardens, support community events and help at annual fundraising events. As a member of her school community, she assists friends in after school tutoring sessions and currently is involved in the student council. During her spare time, you can see her drawing, watching her favourite TV series or reading fiction books!

Afifa Hashimi

Afifa is a strong believer in the transformative power of collective efforts to bring about change. Social justice has inspired her since she was a high school student, when she started to pay closer attention to injustice in the world, and efforts to combat it. Afifa is currently working towards completing a B.A. Honours degree at SFU, with a major in Political Science and a minor in English. Her honours essay focuses on the effects of civil society activity on women’s rights outcomes.

Afifa first got involved with Check Your Head as a youth workshop facilitator and contributor to Check’s blog. She now holds the position of Check’s blog coordinator. In addition to this work, Afifa pursues her passion for social justice and human rights by contributing to organizations such as SFPIRG and PEN Canada. With a particular interest in women’s rights, Afifa also volunteers at West Coast LEAF and Atira Women’s Resource Society (through Access Pro Bono). Afifa has contributed to multiple youth political engagement efforts as well, and is passionate about youth participation in the areas of social, environmental, and economic justice.

Lovely Ranges

Lovely Ranges is a Grade 10 student currently studying at Moscrop Secondary School. Lovely is extremely passionate about public speaking, social justice that concern people of colour, people in the working class, neurodivergent people, and the rights of the people in the LGBTQIA+ community. They’re still frustrated about the death of Commander Lexa from the TV Show The 100. They support the idea of empowerment of people of colour, they’re not a big fan of the status quo, or the gentrification in Vancouver. Lovely doesn’t really like neurotypical ideologies regarding academia and the stigmatization of mental illnesses. Lovely spends most of their time blogging about Hamilton, Clexa, Star Wars, Person of Interest, Luther, Suits, How To Get Away With Murder and Amandla Stenberg. They’re excited to start facilitating talks that consists of things needed to be addressed to everyone and can’t wait to be a part of Check Your Head!

Rowena Sahota

Rowena is passionate about being open, honest, and critical when learning about anti-oppression and/or anti-racism work. She is currently a fourth year Education student at SFU and (if everything goes according to plan) will graduate soon and get accepted into a Teacher Education Program. She thinks this is very exciting, but also very terrifying and is trying not to think about it too much. As someone who is planning to work in the field of education, Rowena is very interested in social justice education. She is also a volunteer at SFPIRG, which is SFU’s social and environmental justice resource centre. At SFPIRG, Rowena is a member of a Street Team. For the past year, she has been collaborating with other SFU students to support SFU’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Support Centre Committee. In her spare time she loves to paint, watch cartoons, read lots of books, go for nature walks, and spend many hours of the day listening to music.

Emma Warner-Chee

Emma is a mixed-Chinese human from Ontario, where she was involved in food justice and migrant justice work. She is currently an undergrad in sociology at SFU, and in her spare time enjoys reading comics and learning about her Chinese family and culture. Since moving to Vancouver, she has become an amateur protest banner maker and hopes to do more art as activism work. She is also angry about structural oppression and is very excited to be doing anti-racism work with Check Your Head.