PEYA School Champions

2017-2018 PEYA School Champions

Amna Zia
Glenforest Secondary School – Gr.12

AmnaAmna Zia is a grade 12 student who currently attends Glenforest Secondary School as part of the IB program. As a person interested in environmentalism and zoology, Amna wants to explain the interconnectedness of the natural world and our everyday lives. In the past, Amna has passionately debated the theory that global warming is a hoax or that climate change is anthropogenic, which is where her interest for environmental issues stemmed from. She strongly believes that if we commit ourselves to the environment, we can bring considerable amount of change, yet our only hindrance is our mental incapacity. Currently Amna is working towards introducing a proper waste management initiative in her community where the Peel Regions recycling and garbage bins are not adequately put to use. Aside for her environment activism to combat negligence towards the environment, Amna is also very passionate about the performance arts, especially the dramatic arts, public speaking, psychology, anthropology. She is also very much intrigued by aesthetics and is an aspiring henna artist who also enjoys designing and decorating interiors.

Mashiat Altaf
Port Credit Secondary School – Gr.12

MashiatMashiat is a grade 12 student at Port Credit who is currently enrolled in the science and technology program. Over the years, Mashiat has noticed something; our planet is being destroyed, as most people don’t pay enough attention to the environment. She decided that in order to get people to notice this issue, she needed to do as much as she could to raise awareness. So, Mashiat started up Port Credits Eco Team and is currently the president. She also thought that joining PEYA would be a great way to gain more knowledge about the environment. Besides this passion, Mashiat dreams of becoming a future writer and is interested in computer code. She hopes that someday her actions make a difference on this planet – no matter how big or small.

Fatima Sajid
Clarkson Secondary School – Gr.10

Fatima PEYAFatima is a grade 10 student who currently attends Clarkson Secondary School. She is motivated to benefit her community, the condition of the environment and society as a whole. Her ultimate goal is to understand environmental issues and address them to aid our planet and preserve it for future generations to come. In the past, Fatima has held the executive position of Treasurer on her school Eco Club and Vice President of her school Athletic Council. In her spare time, Fatima enjoys reading as well as running Track and Field and Cross Country. Fatima is passionate that she can create a positive change and hopes to develop awareness for environmental issues and gain more knowledge about the environment. In the future, Fatima hopes that through awareness she can spark the motivation in others to come together and reduce the negative impact on the environment.

Prisha Shetty
T.L Kennedy – Gr.12


Prisha is a grade 12 student, studying in TL Kennedy Secondary School. PEYA has been her first ever volunteering experience. Biology and Math courses are her main fields of interests and Elle parle un peu de français.  “We are a part of nature, not apart from nature,” she strongly believes in this notion. She loves to contribute to the betterment of our environment which ultimately serves to humanity. Furthermore, she likes to read mysteries and horror. She also pursues a dire interest in badminton. She enjoys meeting new people and getting to know them better. She looks forward to gain hands on experience and productively use of her knowledge and desire, as PEYA is a platform providing with such a great opportunity.  This program has made her more concerned about the ever increasing environmental adversities. Prisha wants to overcome this as she believes that nature and nurture are inseparable.
Haley Peiris
Central Peel Secondary School – Gr.12
haleyHaley is a grade 12 student at Central Peel Secondary School in the Advanced Placement program. He is involved in a variety of extra curricular which includes Business SHSM, robotics, Interact, Link Crew and multicultural club. He also takes part in soccer and badminton outside of school. He has been passionate about helping out others in his local community and making a difference by creating awareness and taking part in events. Some events he has been in to help his community is a road clean up and tree planting with Evergreen.  This is his first year with PEYA and he hopes to help out the community and the environment.
Ruby Burns
Port Credit Secondary School – Gr.12
Ruby Burns is a Grade 10 student at Port Credit Secondary School, as a part of their SciTech and Strings regional programs. She loves studying biology and working with nature, and is concerned about the current state the environment is in. Outside of school, she participates in competitive dancing and playing musical instruments, such as the violin and piano. This is her first year in PEYA, and she is looking forward to making unforgettable memories and friends, as well as making the world a greener place!