Project Development Department

Yayra-Si Youth Foundation > Project Development Department

Juliet Brainoo (she/her)

Vice-President of Project Development

Juliet is a graduate of Sociology and Criminology at University of Manitoba. She has experiences in community engagement, social work and volunteerism. Juliet was drawn to YSYF because of YSYF’s commitment to socially empower women and youth while improving their health and economic outcomes. As the project development lead, Juliet aspires to collaborate with residents, various community stakeholders and interested individuals to develop initiatives that align with the goals of YSYF and also better the lives of women and youth in areas of YSYF’s operations. Juliet loves cooking for family and friends outside of work.


Patience Fakembe (she/her)

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Patience Fakembe is a recent graduate and holds an Honours BSc. in Health Studies and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about helping improve the health of individuals and particularly passionate about addressing women’s and children’s health issues through public health education and intervention programs that seek to mitigate social determinants of health. She is interested in further understanding health determinants and using her knowledge to work with vulnerable population in promoting equity in healthcare access and to help prevent diseases. Her passion has enabled her to be resilient in pursuing her career objectives which have led her to study at the University of Toronto as a MasterCard Foundation Scholar.


Fikky Adetoro (she/her)

Data Analyst

Fikky Adetoro was born in Nigeria and moved to Canada with her family while she was in high school. She has a Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto and currently works as a civil servant providing benefit services to Canadians. She is interested in development economics and she is constantly seeking opportunities to be involved in her community, both home and abroad. Fikky is excited to be joining the YSYF Canada executive team as a data analyst as she would have the opportunity to apply her technical skills in a relevant area. She hopes to create meaningful and insightful stories out of the data she works with to inform decision making. Outside of work, Fikky is active in her church community as a youth mentor and she enjoys listening to audiobooks.


Diana Nana Somuah Adu-Gyimah (she/her)

Project Officer

Nana was raised in Ghana till she was 17 and moved to Canada to start her higher education journey. From Alberta to Ontario and now currently a PhD student in Women’s Studies in the UK, Diana loves discussing gender issues especially in relation to women in Ghana. Her research focuses on domestic violence and sexual violence in Ghana and race and ethnicity in Black women globally. She is empathetic about the inequality African and Black women face. Her thoughts on gender issues have had her eyes set on becoming a part of the political system in Ghana to help speak and help women in Ghana. She also intends to work in the UN to speak and research on women’s issues globally. She believes that Women should be able to walk on their own path without patriarchal blocks.

She joined YSYF because she knows that this is one avenue to reach a population in Ghana that needs the most focus at this time. Women in the sub-Saharan Africa have been silenced and ignored for too long and it’s time for them to be helped out of the shadows. She intends to help women and children to explore the issues they face in Ghana with the help of YSYF. She hopes that by the time her term is up, she has been able to help more women and children across Ghana. She has an interest in reading , swimming and travelling especially around Ghana.