Shaneen Cotterell is a 17-year-old grade 11 student at Jarvis Collegiate Institute. She has spent her whole life in Toronto living in the densely populated neighbourhood of St. Jamestown. Growing up, she was always attracted to the arts such as music, acting and creative writing. Shaneen started writing poems and songs at the age of 11 and self taught herself how to play instruments like the guitar and piano during her preteen years. She’s always taking as much opportunities as she can to better herself and others through volunteering and community programs.