The UpLift Canada Foundation was founded by Maggie Larocque in January 2021. Ms.Larocque founded this Non-Profit Organization at the age of 20, during her time as a honours student at McGill University. Equipped with a strong executive team of fellow university students, The UpLift Canada Foundation is able to continuously provide volunteer experience by youth, to youth in local communities!
Did you know that in Canada, the average person throws out 81 pounds of textiles annually, while North Americans send 10 million tonnes of clothing to the landfill every year? Most of which could be reused or recycled, according to statistics compiled by Waste Reduction Week in Canada. It’s true.
By up-cycling clothing donations and ultimately supporting the circular economy, UpLift Canada is alleviating the environmental damage being caused by clothing waste in landfills, and instead repurposing these items into a usable resource to those in need.
The UpLift Canada Foundation is an all encompassing Non-Profit Organization because we are working to alleviate environmental and social justice inequalities in a way that benefits both the giver and the receiver. Not only this, but we aim to support individuals who are systemically over represented in shelter housing situations. We believe in an intersectional approach to giving and receiving. Meaning that, we aim to foster equitable relationships with the shelters and citizens we collaborate with.
Founder and President of The UpLift Canada Foundation
Maggie Larocque (she/her)
Hello! I am a Pre-Law Honours student at McGill University, currently in my third year of study. I am from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, and am also an active member of the McGill/Montréal community. I love working with others and fostering collaboration. I am currently working to complete my Undergraduate degree at McG
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Raphieal Newbold (he/him)
Raphieal was born and raised in The Bahamas, but has considered Canada home for the past few years. He completed his BSc in Biology at Dalhousie University then went on to complete his MSc in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. Raphieal currently works as a Medical Writer in Montreal, but takes great value and pleasure in volunteering. He is proud a
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Alexandra Beck (she/her)
I am a third-year student at McGill University double majoring in International Development Studies and Art History with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. I am originally from Toronto (Tkaronto) and have also become an active member in the Montreal (Tiohtià:ke) community since moving here for school. Looking forward, af
Trew Dancey (he/him)
Hello! I am from New Westminister, British Columbia and am currently an Honours student at McMaster University, in my fourth year of study. I am studying environmental sciences and geography and have a real passion for sustainability and environmental aid.
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Homa Azodi (she/her)
Hello! I am Homa, a second-year student at McGill University double majoring in Joint Honours International Development and History. I was born and raised close to Montreal in a francophone area, and I have Iranian origins. I value learning from new experiences and I love how knowledge can be shared in all areas of learning, including sustainability. I am
Zoey Purvis (she/her)
Hi, I’m Zoey! I am a third year undergraduate student studying International Development, Communications and Environmental studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. I am so excited to join the Uplift Canada Foundation because it combines my passion for social justice and sustainable fashion. My goal is to make an impact and be a part of meaningful c
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Rowan Melnick (she/her)
Hello I’m Rowan! I am a second year student at the University of British Columbia, studying design and sustainability. I was born in Toronto, Ontario but have spent a large portion of my life living in British Columbia. I love working in collaboration with different people with unique ideas and am dedicated to creating a more sustainable world for the future.
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Maddy Huehn (she/her)
Hello I’m Maddy! I am a second year student at the University of British Columbia studying nutrition and sustainable food systems. Learning about how our food choices can impact the people around us and our planet has opened my eyes to the value of being intentional in our choices. Whether it be what we choose to eat – or wear – I’ve always been fascinated by wh