Olivia Dey- Founder and CEO

Olivia Dey is a passionate water polo athlete born in US and brought up in Toronto, Canada. She is currently studying International Relations in Bucknell University and also playing NCAA Division I Women's Water Polo. Olivia started Just Like A Girl non-profit organisation in June 2018 to promote sports among girls and empower girls through sports. She herself coaches water polo as well. Olivia represented Capital Wave Water Polo club at NCL in 2017-2018 and won silver medal at the Canadian Nationals. She also won Bronze in 2018-19 Nathional Championship League representing Mavericks Water Polo Club. In 2018, Olivia representated Team Ontaio at Barcelona training camp. In 2019 July Olivia played at the Junior Olympics 2019 at Irvine, California securing sixth position nationally. She was selected as a member of Toronto Youth Cabinet for 2018-2019. In 2019 Olivia was elected as the Youth Councilor for City of Toronto Youth Council representing youth of Scarborough Rouge Park. Olivia was also selected as a member of Youth Advisory Council member of University of Waterloo Youth Innovation Project along with National Youth advisory council member of RCMP. In 2019 Olivia completed Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. was also awarded with Local Champion award from CBS News for her contribution in the community. Olivia loves adventure and travelling. In 2019 Olivia was invited to be a panelist at a talk show at Statford Festival. During her leisure she loves reading, arts and painting.


Gautam Dey-Executive Director

Dr. Gautam Dey is a doctorate in Phamaceutical Engineering and holds a masters degree in Health Science, specializing in Community Health. He taught in Minnesota State University. He is a passionate advocate for health, wellness and education. Dr. Dey co-chaired for Parent's Academy of Model schools in Cluster D5 under TDSB in the past. He has been the Vice-President for Albion Neighbourhood Services. He worked in partnership with the Community to enhance peoples’ lives through the delivery of programs, services and supports that are engaging, accessible and responsive. Dr. Dey is the founder of Parents and Community Network as well. He actively took leadership in Campaign for Public Education in Toronto GTA through Parent Council in Albion Heights JMS and Greenholme JMS school.


Emily Whitehead- Program Director

Emily Whitehead has been an elementary school teacher in Toronto for 13 years. During her time as a teacher, she has had the privilege of working alongside children and teenagers, and helping them find their passion for what lies outside the classroom. She strongly believes in the power of students using their voice to fuel change, and has always been an advocate for those students. In 2017, Emily began weightlifting and her training has turned into a passion. She has become more acutely aware of the need for women to be represented in all sports, and strongly advocates for a promotion of healthy and sustainable lifestyles for young girls.

Anu Sriskanandarajah- Director

Anu Sriskandarajah is the Toronto District School Board Trustee for Ward 22-Scarborough-Rouge Park. She currently sits on the Governance and Policy Committee at the Board. Anu is also a professor at York University teaching in the Child and Youth Program.


Aniqah Zowmi-Director

Aniqah has a passion for equity and youth engagement at all levels of government and civil society. She is a Regional Focal Point for the United Nations Major Group for Children & Youth, a Member of the Youth Advisory Group to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and the Unspoken Smiles Representative to the United Nations Department of Global Communications Youth Representatives Steering Committee. She holds a Master of Arts in Social Justice & Equity Studies from Brock University, specializing in the intersection between social enterprise, feminist and anti-colonialist theory.