The YSB Foundation’s Young Professionals Network

The YSB Foundation’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a passionate group of young leaders dedicated to supporting youth in Ottawa who come to YSB in their time of need. Members of the YPN support YSB’s work by raising awareness, participating in YSB signature events, advocating for the lives of young people, rallying their networks around YSB’s common goal, and through personal contributions.

To learn more please contact Oliver Saner, Fundraising Coordinator at 613-600-6426 or

  • Patrick Twagirayezu
    Patrick Twagirayezu Chair, Lawyer, Emond Harnden
  • Kebbie Brown
    Kebbie Brown Vice Chair, Associate, The51 Food and AgTech Fund
  • Josh Wex
    Josh Wex Sales Capture Specialist, Accenture
  • Devin Brazeau
    Devin Brazeau Founder and CEO at Twenty Seven + Five
  • Leah Jamieson
    Leah Jamieson Department of Justice, Legal Counsel
  • Samuel Brazeau
    Samuel Brazeau National Monitoring & Distribution Center Technologist, NAV Canada
  • Maddy Eisenberg
    Maddy Eisenberg Consultant, Blackbird Strategies
  • Tom Mccomb
    Tom Mccomb Investment Advisor at TTR & Associates - BMO Nesbitt Burns
  • Jesika Arseneau
    Jesika Arseneau Director, Marketing and Culture, TAG HR

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Milo's Story

Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

“For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.


*While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy