Youth Council

WAHC’s youth council is a vibrant group of young people aged 16-29 who are passionate about labour, art and social justice. Youth council members serve one-year terms which begin each fall and end in the summer. They meet monthly, sometimes biweekly during busier periods, with support from WAHC staff. The council organizes collaborative critical events and projects while in community with others integrating issues related to labour, social justice and art.

WAHC’s Youth Council produced a zine! Would you like a free copy sent to you in the mail? Fill out the form below. Copies will be mailed out while quantities last!

Meet the 2021-2022 WAHC Youth Council




A photo of WAHC youth council member Alyssa.




Alyssa Donato (she/her) is a Mcmaster student in Public Law and Judicial Studies. This is her second year on WAHC’s youth council. She’s passionate about advocating for workers’ rights and is looking forward to future projects with the youth council.









Rebecca Casalino (she/her) is is an artist, writer, and curator based in Ohròn:wakon (Hamilton, ON). She is a queer Italian-Canadian settler, maintaining her practice through deeply personal collaborations in her community and sheer willpower. Working in artists’ multiples, video, sculpture, prose and drawing Casalino channels her lived experience through her quirky, often deadpan, humour. Casalino completed her BA in Studio Art, with a minor in English, at the University of Guelph in 2017 and is a recent graduate from Ontario College of Art and Design with an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She currently produces and hosts the arts podcast Hopping the Fence.






A photo of WAHC youth council member Tania.




Tania Robinson (she/her) is a McMaster history graduate. She is interested in labour activism, social justice, and the history of Hamilton. Tania is pursuing a law degree and she aims to increase access to justice and advance equity through a legal career. Through her career, she hopes to change the nature of work in such a way that appreciates, protects, and values all workers. Tania enjoys reading, spending time with her two cats, and cooking.






A photo of WAHC youth council member Will.




Will Foley (he/him) is a master’s student at the McMaster University School of Labour Studies. He has an undergraduate degree in History & Labour studies from McMaster and is passionate about labour history and workers’ rights. Currently, Will is involved in a research project about forced labour in global supply chains and a living wage campaign at McMaster.







A photo of WAHC youth council member Bella.



Bella De Angelis (she/her) is a recently graduated writer and graphic artist with a fascination in independent publishing and economic justice. After studying for her Bachelors (in Interdisciplinary Arts) at Zuyd University in The Netherlands, she returned to Burlington, ON eager to get involved in the local art community and develop programming encouraging more young people to engage with labour activism in accessible ways. Until Fall 2022, she awaits her next academic venture —a Masters in Critical Journalism & Creative Publishing— at The New School of Social Research in New York City, New York.”







A photo of WAHC youth council member Sophia.




Sophia Gambale (she/her) is a student at McMaster University and is majoring in Labour Studies and minoring in Business, with the intent to pursue a career in Human Resources. She is passionate about worker rights, equality, and justice. Sophia is always willing to speak her mind and advocate for what is just in the world.







A photo of WAHC youth council member Hannah.




Hannah Schneider (she/her) is a second-year Labour Studies student at McMaster University. She is interested in affordable housing, living-wage employment. and working-class identity. She enjoys volunteering and listening to super loud music.







A photo of WAHC youth council member Lea.





Lea McCartney (she/her) is a second-year Labour Studies and Political Science student at McMaster University. She is passionate about workers’ rights and is planning to minor in Women’s Studies. She currently works in foodservice and enjoys exploring the trails of Hamilton with her dog.