Our Team

Michael (Youth mentor) 

My name is Micheal. I’m from DR Congo. I’m the kind of person who loves meeting new people and learning from new experiences,  which is one of the reasons why I joined thirteen. When I grow up I want to be a computer programmer because I like programming computers and dealing with computers which makes me feel comfortable whenever I’m coding or programming something. This business is my responsibility. 






My name is Sahar. I am 18 years old, I am in grade 12. I am from Afghanistan, but I grew up In India. I came in Canada last year. I am a patient, social girl and friendly I love to meet new people and talk to them. I want to become business woman I want to have car business In the future and be successful In my life. I can speak 3 Languages Dari, Hindi and English. The reason why I joined thirteen is because I like working in a group and get more experience.



Hi my name is Ousmane, I am 17 years old and come from Conakry - Guinea. I was born and raised there. I’m someone who is into computers. I play all kind of sports and video games when I’m not working. In the future, I would like to get my degree in software engineering and work for big companies. I joined Thirteen in hopes of learning more about running a business, improving my communications skills and getting other valuable work experience. Joining Thirteen is a first step towards success and I will keep working my way to the top from here on.
My name is Liz and I’m 17 years old. I’m an introvert and this is one of the reasons I joined Thirteen. I want to be a part of something, I want to feel like I really belong in this community by helping the other youths like me. I aspire to be a graphic designer or a museum curator or just anything art related. Maybe one day I might get my own business and this is also why I joined Thirteen. I want to help people and get help in return.
Bonjour. Je m'appelle Déborah Artesse nimpaye. Je viens du Burundi, un petit pays à l'Est de l'Afrique. Maintenant, je suis présentement en 12ème année,qui est mon dernière année à franco ouest. Je voudrais poursuivre mes études à l’université d’Ottawa.présentement, j'espère acquérir toute les opportunités qui met valable pour que je puisse avoir une certaine notion (expérience) du marketing sur le terrain et pas a l'ecole. ce qui est l'une des raison du pourquoi j'ai rejoint l'équipe. Mon épice
Bonjour. Je repond au nom de Frank Lionel Kayembe. Je vien de la République démocratique du congo. je suis présentement en 11ème année au Collège Catholique Franco-Ouest. Je choisi de faire partir au programme Thirteen Social afin de développer ma façon de l'organisation et d'apprendre plus sur le business. Aussi, le programme Thirteen et pour moi un moyen de me surpasser et de démontrer ma capacité de leadership au sein des équipes.
Je m'appelle Merline Ngeleka. Je viens du Congo. Je suis en 11ème année à l'école Franco-cité. J'ai rejoins le programme thirteen enfin d'avoir des connaissance sur le marketing , comment gérer son argent, comment être un bon leadership, comment travaille en équipe. Se aussi pour être en communication avec d'autre nouvelle personnes, parce que se mon premier travaille, ce pour aussi creer une amitie avec des gens enfin de travailler ensemble est etre unis. Je vais aide les gens, peut-être un jour je pourrais devenir une entrepreneure. Ce  pour ces raison que j'ai rejoins thirteen   
My name is Joyce Cécile. I grew up in Kenya but was born in Rwanda. I like to play sports and watch netflix during my free time. I spent most of my life moving alot which is why I mainly joined Thirteen;to give back to the community that gave me so much when I felt lost in a strange new country but also to gain working experience, meet new people and learn about different cultures. I am an independent person as well, which is another reason why I joined thirteen. To work and make money on my own. I'm not entirely sure what I want to do in the future so I want to explore all my options and learn many different important skills that could come in handy. “Never give up ” is my personaI motto and I want to make a difference in the world one day no matter how big or small.

Jemima (Youth mentor)

My name is Jemima Mbuyi. I am 16 years old. I was born in Cameroon but my origin is Congolese. I grew up in Nigeria then moved to Benin, now I live in Ottawa. I am currently in grade 10. I am passionate about singing, dancing, drawing and making people laugh. After high school, I would like to pursue a career in journalism. I joined Thirteen to gain experience in a working environment and to learn about entrepreneurship. My favourite food is African dishes; plantain, pondu, chicken etc… I am the oldest in my family I have 3 younger brothers.

Living in Ottawa is safe, Parkdale has good quality food and the people are friendly.

It's rare to see me sad because I choose happiness over being sad. I'm an open person - I welcome everyone with open arms. This business is my responsibility.



My name is Meagan, I am manage Thirteen A social Enterprise and The Social Market. I graduated with a degree in Social Work From Ryerson University in 2013 my previous experience involves owning a small vegetable farm, working sales and admin for a local food distributor and working customer service. I believe that using food, you can create opportunity and connections in your community and beyond. I am passionate about working with youth and enabling youth to participate and engage meaningfully in business and the community. Right now I am completing a post graduate diploma in policy and program evaluation at Carleton University and I want to use these skills to improve the effectiveness and method used in our program to enable youth and social enterprise practices to create sustainable programing and funding options for the nonprofit sector.