Manjeet Birk has been a visitor on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish people most of her life. She has worked, studied and played across the world, but a piece of her always remains on British Columbia’s west coast. Manjeet completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in Philosophy and Women’s Studies, and went on to complete a Master of Arts degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is currently in the final stages of a PhD in Education at the University of British Columbia. With post-secondary experience ranging over several decades, Manjeet is a natural student advocate. Her passion lies in creating more accessible and just institutions, especially for racialized and Indigenous folks. With a lifetime of experience organizing and challenging systems, Manjeet is always looking for new ways to re-conceptualize a more beautiful world.
Communications and Public Relations Officer
Lindsay is an Ottawa-native with a strong background in marketing and communications. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Business Administration at the University of Ottawa, and is fluent in both official languages of Canada. Lindsay brings a valuable set of skills to CASA, having worked previously in both the federal government and the post-secondary sector.
Lindsay is passionate about languages, and in addition to her mastery of French, is working towards learning Spanish. In her free time she also enjoys drawing, figure skating, bingeing Netflix, and travelling, and holds a special place in her heart for Sydney, Australia, where she previously lived for six months.
Policy and Research Analyst
Johnathan is a proud Prince Edward Islander living and working in the nation's capital. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Prince Edward Island. As a former Vice-President Academic & External with the UPEI Student Union, Johnathan brings two and a half years of experience with student association work to CASA. He also sat on CASA's Board of Directors for two consecutive years, once as Director-at-Large, Policy and once as Chair.
Outside his education and work, Johnathan enjoys watching hockey and football, playing video games, reading, hiking, and exploring Ottawa.
Priya strongly believes that students have immense potential to create value in Canadian society. In her free time, Priya enjoys reading, travelling and playing volleyball.
Ellen Wightman was born and raised in Blackpool, England where she earned a B.A. in Business Management. Ellen has gained a variety of professional experience, having worked in Oman as a controller for a national manufacturing company, a statistician for the German civil service and as a banker with HSBC UK. She brings to CASA over 25 years of experience in accounting and office administration.