Who We Are

Founders

Jesse Hitchcock Jesse is a western Canadian who was transplanted to (and fell in love with!) the east coast. Her first love was environmental science - she spent her grad school years on a boat playing with seaweed and crunching data trying to figure out how agriculture impacts our oceans. Her professional career has focused on energy efficiency and climate change mitigation - first in the PEI provincial government and now working directly with utilities and other energy efficiency stakeholders at EnergyX Solutions. Always a policy wonk, Jesse is dedicated to helping young people connect with and engage in civic life. She founded the non-partisan group Young Voters of PEI in 2015 which organized political/civic engagement events for youth through three election campaigns, a provincial plebiscite and a by-election and is still active today. She also spent a year as co-chair of the Sustainability Committee for Fusion Charlottetown, which aimed to involve young people in shaping the city's future. In 2
Sarah Bulman Frustrated with the lack of space available for young Islanders to engage and learn about election-related topics, Sarah found a like-minded friend in Jesse and from there grew Young Voters of PEI. Prior to the founding of Young Voters of PEI, Sarah was working in the provincial government in various roles relating to youth programming. Following a new direction, Sarah has been studying heritage conservation at Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Ontario. Her education has led to summer employment opportunities in Vancouver Island and Newfoundland. While she's been enjoying exploring other provinces in Canada, she's excited to return to Prince Edward Island this fall for her third year co-op where she'll be assisting with the stone conservation on the Province House.

Organizers

Alexander O'Neill Alexander is a local software developer specializing in digital preservation, helping out Young Voters PEI mainly by providing technical support and taking care of online infrastructure
Alyssa MacKinnon Alyssa is a 21 year old Business student at the University of Prince Edward Island. She has worked, advocated and lobbied in multiple levels of government, and has conducted numerous policy-driven consults of youth in Prince Edward Island in regard to the democratic process and governance. Alyssa has also spoken at large for women in business and the political world, specifically so with the PEI Business Women's Association and the University of Prince Edward Island, and currently sits on the University of Prince Edward Island Student Union. Alyssa acts as a group administrator for Young Voters and also helps plan and execute events as a member of the events committee.
Chelsea Perry Chelsea has been working as the Policy and Communications Officer for the Government Members Office since June 2019. Prior to that, she was employed by the Official Opposition as a Legislative Assistant. Her educational background is in political science and philosophy at UPEI. In 2018/19, she was a managing editor at The Cadre, UPEI’s student press, and in 2017, was the UPEI Student Union President. Chelsea can be found on Twitter @perry_chel. Chelsea takes care of all things social media for Young Voters.
Gabe Carter-Caseley Gabe Carter-Caseley is a young musician, performer, and general creator. He strongly believes in empowering the voices of those below the voting age and increasing their involvement in politics. Gabe is the "pre-voter guru" for Young Voters and oversees all programming aimed at engaging underage voters.
Jason Hogan Jason is a member of the Young Voters events committee, helping plan and execute group events. He works as a higher education teaching support. He is a non-partisan and advocate for electoral reform and created some educational resources for PEI's referendum on democratic renewal in 2019.
Oliver Batchilder Oliver is a grade 11 student at Bluefield High School. He was introduced to politics through the Rotary Youth Parliament 2018 and with a provincial election on the horizon, was keen to get involved. He had the opportunity to learn more about how politicians get elected and the important work they do while they're in office by volunteering with the PC Party. In the federal election, he is volunteering on Anna Keenan's campaign in the Malpeque riding. He believes that the right to vote is one that should be exercised by all citizens and is looking forward to seeing more youth out to vote in the upcoming election.
Ronnie McPhee Ronnie was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Certificate in Public Administration from UPEI and he currently serves as the Community Liaison Officer for the City of Charlottetown where he works directly with Mayor Phillip Brown and members of city council on engaging and connecting with the community. Ronnie also has experience working at the provincial level. He worked as a Legislative Assistant and Cabinet Liaison for the Province of PEI and in the Premier’s Office in New Brunswick. Ronnie has a passion for politics and continues to be a strong advocate for engaging youth in all aspects of the political process. Ronnie helps Young Voters with media relations by acting as the primary contact for and coordinator of all media inquiries.
Sarah Donald Sarah is a passionate environmentalist and writer. She attended the University of Winnipeg and Universität Kassel for neuroscience and political science before moving to work at UPEI. Sarah is now the co-owner of Unpacked, PEIs first package free shop, and works at the Office of the Opposition at the Legislative Assembly. In her spare time Sarah is the president of the Young Greens of PEI, a director on the Winter River-Tracadie Bay watershed, founder of PEO coastal cleanup, and enjoys baking, hiking and coffee. For Young Voters of PEI, Sarah helps organize and execute group events and initiatives
Taya Nabuurs Taya is a student and community activist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UPEI and is currently working towards a Master in Global Affairs. She is passionate about civic engagement, eliminating gender-based violence, increasing women's representation in government, and electoral reform (among other things). Taya acts as the spokesperson for the Young Voters of Prince Edward Island and is responsible for the development and maintenance of the group's governing documents.
Will McGuigan Will identifies as “just your average Islander who grew up in Belfast, Prince Edward Island,” but you can call him #CornmazeWill. Will recently graduated from UPEI with a BBA and, throughout his time at UPEI, served as both President and Vice-President Finance of the UPEI Student Union. Now, Will works at the PEI Reach Foundation helping young people with addictions and mental health. Will also has experience working with Elections Canada, so he acts as the liaison between Young Voters of PEI and Elections Canada