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YUSPPAAN Introduction 2020 Alumni Association Directors

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Ashley M. Cabral,
Chair

I am the Chair of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I am a seasoned public policy professional with 8+ years of leadership and management experience in both the Ontario Public Service (OPS) and non-profit organizations. I am committed to service excellence and have a track record in leading strategy, change and policy and program development to achieve client-centred, outcome-focused service delivery. Along with my role in the OPS and my role in YUSPPAAN, I am Vice-Chair on the board of the Institute of Public Administration in Canada (IPAC). In addition, I have completed a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) from York University and a Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration and Certificate in Professional Ethics. I have received several awards such as the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Emerging Leader Award, 2017 and Alumni Recognition Award, 2019.

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Wazhma Rahimzay,
Vice-Chair

I am the Vice-Chair of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN) and a core member of Women Regional Network (WRN). With over 15 years in both public and private sectors, I have experience in program and project management, professional capacity building, research and coordination at the national and international levels. As a passionate individual for women empowerment, I served as an advocate to enhance women's education rights and access to justice in Afghanistan. I have a master’s degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) and a bachelor's degree in International Development Studies.

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Apollo Ojara,
Director of Finance

I am the Director of Finance of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I am a Senior Business and Financial Analyst with the Ministry of Natural Resource and Forestry in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Land and Resources I&IT Cluster. Previous to that I was a Senior Program Analyst with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. I completed a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) and a Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration from York University in 2017. I am also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

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Alyssa Offenheim,
Director of Memberships and Partnerships

I am the Director of Membership and Partnerships of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPAAN). I have more than 6 years of experience in the public sector, during which time I have contributed to policy analysis, research, project management, and program administration. I am currently completing a summer co-op as a Policy Analyst with the Accountability Policies Unit, Planning and Performance Division at the Treasury Board Secretariat. Prior to this, I was an intern at the Regional Municipality of York. I have completed a master’s degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) and a bachelor’s degree in public administration with honours and a specialization in management.


Romina Chencheva,
Director of Communications

I am the Director of Communications of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I am currently working as an Associate, Canadian Business Immigration Law Clerk at PwC Law LLP. Prior to joining PwC Law, I accumulated significant international experience such as working as a Junior Expert at the Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria and interning at the Department of Education of the Spanish Embassy and at the Diplomatic Institute of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As for my formal education, I graduated with a master’s degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) from York University in 2015. I also hold a master’s degree in International Relations (International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy) and a bachelor’s degree in European Studies with minors in Spanish and European Law. I speak English, Spanish, French and Bulgarian. I am passionate about government and policy, more specifically in the field of education.


Joana Jabson,
Director of Events and Programming

I am the Director of Events and Programming of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I currently work as a Senior Program Advisor with the Mental Health and Addictions Unit, Operational Support Division at the Ministry of the Solicitor General. I started working for the Ontario Public Sector as a summer student in 2017 and took on different roles focused on program design, implementation, evaluation and strategic support. I have completed a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) from York University and a Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration in 2020. I was also the Vice-President of the 2019-20 of the Graduate Students’ Association of Public Policy, Administration and Law (GSAPPAL) Executive Committee and received the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Graduate Student Award in 2020.

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Alumni Profiles

Diverse career paths – let our alumni tell you about the value of our programs.

We asked alumni from our undergraduate and graduate programs to tell prospective students about the work they do and how our programs affected the achievement of their career goals. Please explore their answers below:

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Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN)

Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN)

Alumni Award

Alumni Award

Each year, the School of Public Policy & Administration recognizes its outstanding students and alumni for their contributions to advancing its undergraduate and graduate programs at a special awards dinner in the fall.

Visit the MPPAL financial information & awards page for more information on how to nominate a fellow alumni.

SPPA Fundraising

SPPA Fundraising

Message from SPPA Director, Professor Alena Kimakova.

I am pleased to announce the launch of our very own SPPA fundraising. Donations will allow SPPA to expand our range of extra-curricular activities for students and alumni, supports available for current students, and recruit the best among the aspiring future public sector leaders.

As our SPPA family grows larger every year and our students and alumni embrace with great enthusiasm the opportunity to interact with each other, event registrations fill up faster and faster and it is always very regrettable for our Executive and staff to turn down anyone because we have reached our capacity and budgetary limits. Private donations will allow us to be more inclusive in our events and other activities, which will ultimately benefit all of us and strengthen the variety of support networks – I dare say even life-time support networks - we have built in our SPPA community. This is our pride and unique trait that enables our students and alumni to grow professionally, and contribute to advancing the highest standards in public service in a wide variety of ways.

I would like to underscore that any support would be much appreciated. To illustrate, it has been customary for faculty members to sponsor a few student seats at our annual Students, Alumni and Community Recognition Awards Dinner at roughly $50 per seat. At other events, even smaller amounts ($10 or $20) can enable the addition of a participant. Larger amounts will enable us to do things we have not been able to do until now and make our existing initiatives more secure and sustainable.

The new online fundraising portal allows easy payment by credit card along with the immediate provision of an electronic tax receipt for your charitable donation via email. The form also allows for matching corporate donations by companies that support such initiatives among their employees in case you or your spouse work for one of those companies. All of the funds raised through this portal will remain at the direct disposal of the School.

The School website provides the link to the fundraising form on the right-hand side under Links, or you can also access it directly here: http://bit.ly/2eDw9JW

Thank you for your attention and continued support, and we hope you will help us advance the School and our activities in our mission to provide Education for Good Governance. – Prof. Alena Kimakova, SPPA Director

Please note that electronic tax receipts will be issued for all gifts.