Learn about our community

Zeal is a grassroots student-run organization featuring a diverse group looking to make a positive difference at York University.

We have a combined 25 years of university and workforce experience. Since our group is comprised of members from the fields of psychology, computer science, business and banking, we can add value to students looking for assistance in their university careers. We are inspired by the unique challenges faced by first generation students and seek to assist them in unlocking their potential. 

Picture on the left shows York University's Latin motto: Tentanda Via.

English meaning: The way must be tried.


Sarah Labib

President and Facilitator

Sarah has a great passion for providing assistance and support to her peers, and this led her to be recognized by Calumet College and Stong College for her exceptional performance as a Peer Mentor and Peer Tutor for the academic year 2018-2019. Her dedication in learning psychology and the human brain processes allowed her to participate in several researches and so she hopes to pursue a career in Neuroscience after graduation.


Jake Janicki


Jake is committed to helping students succeed and develop in their university careers. Having studied psychology, he is keenly aware of the protective benefits of an effective support network in a person's post secondary education. With four years of customer service experience, an award from his fraternity, and as a former student ambassador to York University for the Canada School of Public Service, he is familiar with helping diverse groups of students pursue their goals. 


Ashish Srikanth


Ashish worked alongside a community of undergraduate students to educate the youth about brain and spinal cord injury prevention. He is passionate about mental health and an avid runner. Applying his personal insights (as a newbie in mindfulness meditation) to the design of the project, Ashish offers a unique perspective to our team of facilitators. 


Dema Talib


Dema is passionate about aiding other students into reaching their full potential and transforming their struggles into unique successes. Having a diverse academic, volunteer and work background in leadership, writing, research, tutoring, mentoring, customer service and many other positions, she is excited to unify her skills and expand her experiences into the field of mental health. 


Youssef Asaad

Software & Embedded Systems Engineer

Youssef Asaad is a graduate from McMaster University where he studied Software and Embedded Systems Engineering. He supports ZEAL and what it seeks to accomplish.