Bunmi Afolabi (she/her)
Executive Vice-President & Co-Founder
Bunmi Afolabi is a first-generation Nigerian Canadian, an advocate and promising leader committed to and passionate about human rights and Indigenous self-determination. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Manitoba, where she received the Emerging Leader Award. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Development Practice at the University of Winnipeg.
From 2018 – 2020, she served as a long-term volunteer in Ghana for the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). She developed and delivered a course on entrepreneurship that collectively impacted over 100 students. She also facilitated implementing a nationwide mentorship program for young artisans enrolled in technical and vocational education. Upon returning to Canada, she co-founded YSYF as a means to address the daily socioeconomic challenges experienced by youths in the community of Doryumu.
As Vice-President, Bunmi hopes to utilize her knowledge and experience as a development practitioner to develop programs and initiatives based on Indigenous knowledge to address socio-economic problems and create sustainable, long-lasting change in the Ghanian communities.
Bunmi currently resides on Treaty 1 territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Métis peoples, otherwise known as Winnipeg. She enjoys reading, playing video games, and taking care of her house plant in her leisure time like a true millennial.