Meet The Team
For youth. By youth.
Cofounder and Director
Kira holds a Master's degree in psychology from the University of Montreal. Her research focuses on cannabis use, depression and anxiety in adolescence, with particular attention paid to sexual and gender minorities. Kira also works as the chair of the National Board of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy. As Co-Founder, she brings together her expertise in cannabis science, culture and policy as well as her dedication to ensuring that young people and populations in vulnerable situations have a voice.
Director of Medical Content
Fernanda Pérez-Gay Juárez, M.D, Ph.D.
Fernanda is a Medical Doctor from Mexico City who got her PhD in Neuroscience at McGill University. She has been actively doing science communication to the general public since 2014. She is working at VoxCann as a scientific content developer and health educator, putting together the health section of the educational workshops that VoxCann offers. In her free time, she dances samba and brazilian dances with the Montreal based school Levanta Poeira.
Director of Digital Communications
Amy is a master's student in political science. They work in a public health research lab on mental health and substance use among 2S/LGBTQIA+. They are also the coordinator of a community-based participatory research program by and for 2S/LGBTQIA+ youth. Amy is committed to doing "by and for" with Voxcann and sharing the realities of cannabis without stigma and with a goal of harm reduction.
Coordinator of Outreach and Events
João is a third-year Political Science student at Concordia University. He is interested in human rights, especially drug policy and public policy. João is involved with Cannabis advocacy since 2017, back when he was engaged with medical cannabis associations in Brazil, his home country. As an outreach and events coordinator, João will be responsible to contact and connect VoxCann with schools and other organizations in Québec, promoting Cannabis information and education for youth around the province.
Coordinator of Outreach and Events
In her Fourth year at Concordia, Sierra is a double-major student in Scenography and Anthropology. Currently, she is a Fine Arts mentor and a passionate representative within her student union. Sierra is particularly interested in examining the intersection between community development and mental health through drug decriminalization. Working as an outreach coordinator with VoxCann, Sierra is looking forward to creating inclusive events to engage youth in Quebec and empower them through cannabis education.
Director of Outreach and Events
Laura is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in International Development Studies with a minor Political Sciences at McGill University. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Laura is interested in understanding the socio-cultural and political impacts of the War on Drugs and exploring what the future of global drug policies look like on a national basis. She is working with Community Outreach and Events to coordinate future participatory workshops as well as VoxCann's educational podcast series. In her free-time, Laura enjoys getting involved in social justice projects and dancing to calm her spirits.
Director of RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY
Ony is a creative writing student. They are particularly interested in queer studies, art and representation in film and literature, with a decolonial perspective. Through their work as an outreach worker in festive environments, they are committed to fighting the stigmatization of PWUD. Their approach, influenced by GRIP, focuses on caring for PWUD to create safer spaces that break taboos, encourage empathy and kindness towards ourselves and each other, and advocate for a culture of consent. As Director of research and creativity at VoxCann, Ony connects health and education workers with the realities of young people who use cannabis. They wish to follow in the footsteps of VoxCann by emphasizing the importance of doing work by and for communities.