Rosalyn founded Starfish Scholarships in 2009 after winning $10,000 in a national video contest while working at Havergal College in Toronto. She completed her Gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh leadership program, and attended the International Gold Event in Hong Kong and China in 2005. She has also served as a member of the Youth Advisory Group for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and has participated in numerous global youth parliaments in Rome, Moscow, Ankara, Boston, and Washington.
While completing a degree in journalism at Ryerson University, she wrote regular columns about youth issues for Metro Newspaper. Rosalyn currently works for the provincial Ministry of Indigenous Affairs in land claim negotiations, and has also worked for CBC radio in Quebec City.
Anne Kneale is a Gold Award achiever of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. For her third year of Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University, Anne studied abroad in India, during which time she helped establish Starfish Scholarships. Anne graduated from Medicine at Western University in London, Ontario, in 2015 and is now a family doctor.
Helen Kneale is a Gold Award achiever of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. She received her Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award in 2004 and kept active with the Award program throughout her undergraduate degree at Queen's University, where she was the President of the Duke of Edinburgh club. She has worked as a bilingual Canadian tour guide in the Parliamentary buildings and at the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France.
After completing her Master's in International Relations at the Université de Strasbourg in Alsace, France. Helen worked for UNICEF in the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon. She later worked as a Cabin Crew member for Etihad Airways based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Helen graduated from McGill University in 2016 with a law degree and currently works as counsel for the federal government.
Stephanie is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program, has studied on exchange at the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark and worked as an English language teacher in South Korea. After graduating from Teacher's College in 2008, she began teaching English and Media Studies at Saint John Paul II Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough. She is also a trained teacher in the International Baccalaureate Program at SJPII. In 2009, she received the TCDSB Exemplary Practice Award for initiating a project in her grade nine English class that raised awareness about youth homelessness in Scarborough.
She created and implemented the inaugural Tom Finder Social Justice Award, which recognizes SJPII students who are advocates of social justice in their community and abroad. In 2010 and 2011, she travelled with SJPII students to the Cuernavaca Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development in Mexico, a social justice center where participants engage in cross cultural experiences and social analysis. While teaching, Stephanie continues to pursue environmental and social justice initiatives with students at her school, while undergoing the experiences of being a first-time mom.
Rahul is based in Chennai, India, and completed his bronze, silver and gold award of the International Award for Young People (The Duke of Edinburgh's Award). He received his Gold Award from the Hon'ble Vice President of India in May 2008, and represented India at the International Gold Event in Mauritius in 2008. He co-ordinates the Olcott Memorial School Project, a special Project of the Duke program, which aims to provide the children of domestic workers and fisher folk in Chennai with the opportunity to complete the Duke award program.
In July 2009, Rahul was chosen as the Regional Intern for a major initiative of the Duke program, the Peter Cruddas Social Innovation Initiative. The internship dealt with identifying stories of young people making a difference and creating social change through the Award programme. He was one of the 21 youth delegates invited to the International Award Forum in Sydney, where he was a part of the expert panel for the 'Social Innovation' workshop.
Rahul completed a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering at Anna University, and is currently employed at Tata Consultancy Services, Chennai.
Caity completed the silver level of the Duke of Edinburgh's award while attending Havergal College in Toronto, where she played a role in founding Starfish Scholarships as a student volunteer. She completed a Bachelor of Science at McGill University, where she was one of the finalists for the 2015 Rhodes Scholarship. Caitlyn is currently completing a medical degree at the University of Toronto, and is applying to be a resident in pediatrics.
Cindy Ma is a Gold Award achiever of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She started her involvement with Starfish Scholarships as a volunteer by writing content for the website and organizing fundraisers. In Cindy's free time, she likes to lift heavy weights over her head and teach piano.