Team 2018/19

My name is Sarah Meltzer and I am in ,u last year of high school at Urban Academy. I have been an active community member for years, achieving a Canada Cord award, when I was 14.

My deep affection for and devotion to animals has led me to want to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. I would also like to balance this with travel and other artistic, culinary and scientific pursuits.


Nicolas Candelaria is a Grade 12 student in the IB French Immersion program at NWSS. He plays badminton in his free time and has also competed in the provincial tournament for his school.

He also enjoys playing the piano for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Nicolas has participated in numerous Math competitions since he was young and now tutors a few local students to save for his university education.


My name is Macklen Linke. I am a 17 year old grade twelve student at John Knox Christian High School. I was born in Vancouver and have lived in New Westminster my whole life except for a few years where my family and I lived in Perth, Western Australia.

I enjoy travel as well as hiking, camping and skiing. Other interests include music and movies; I have seen the entire American Film Institute top 100 movies. After high school, I plan to attend university and pursue a career in journalism.


My name is Miller Linke and I am 15 years old. I am a grade 10 student at John Knox Christian High School. I was born in Vancouver and have called New Westminster my home except for a four-year time period where our family lived in Perth, Australia.

I am a bronze cross swimmer and I enjoy skiing. I enjoy reading about history and especially Canadas role in both World Wars. I enjoy building model airplane kits and especially love going to historic aircraft museums. While I have not yet decided what career path I would like to follow, I do think that it will have something to do with history; maybe an Archeologist?


My name is Tiba Khudhur and I am 16 years old. I am a student at New Westminster Secondary School. In the future I want to accomplish my goal of becoming a successful doctor. I joined this program to give back to my community.

I can’t wait for the many things that NWYAS will teach me throughout the journey!


My name is Velveth Mangandid Calderon, I am 16 years old and currently a student at New Westminster Secondary School. Joining NWYAS was the right choice to make for myself – I knew that I would gain the knowledge to be able to provide and contribute to this community in a well being matter.

It is why I joined and decided to be a part of a joyous and great community.