Kids Help Phone’s Celebrity Ambassadors bring their positivity, authenticity, and individuality to everything they do to support Canada’s leading youth counselling service.
As musicians, actors, athletes, and nationally-recognized personalities, our Celebrity Ambassadors lend their voices to a number of Kids Help Phone campaigns and initiatives throughout the year.
National Celebrity Ambassador
From her auspicious start as the youngest headliner in the history of the Montreal International Jazz Festival at 12, Nikki Y has covered plenty of territory over the last eight years. She has topped both jazz and pop charts, performed with orchestras and big bands, and sold out festivals and major theatres around the world; in 2010, she sang to 3.2 billion people – half the world’s population – at the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has worked with luminaries such as Herbie Hancock, Phil Ramone, Will.i.am, Wyclef Jean, and Stevie Wonder.
In 2014, Nikki had her highest album debut with her sophomore release Little Secret, entering the Canadian Album Chart at #4, #4 in France Digital Sales and #1 on the Jazz chart in both countries. Executive produced by legend Quincy Jones, Little Secret was Juno nominated for Pop Album of the Year and received Gold certification in Canada.
Nikki is currently working on her new album with new music to be released in 2016.
Read the press release: Nikki Y named National Celebrity Ambassador for Kids Help Phone
Dedicated to helping young people achieve their true potential, Sarah has been involved with Kids Help Phone since 2013 and became an official Celebrity Ambassador for the organization in 2014.
Sarah is widely recognized by people of all ages for her role as Becky Baker on the hit show Degrassi. She’s also making a name for herself as a talented singer-songwriter and model.
As a Kids Help Phone Celebrity Ambassador, Sarah lends her voice – and her music – to Kids Help Phone by helping to share Kids Help Phone’s message of help and hope across the country.
Host, commentator and journalist for over 15 years, Marie-Claude Savard has carved out a special place for herself in Quebec’s television landscape. From 2005 to 2008, and again in 2010 and 2011, she was awarded the Prix Artis as sports show personality for her work as a columnist on TVA’s Salut, Bonjour ! and as host of the show Boxerock on VOX.
Passionate about communications in the fields of sports, entertainment and news, Marie-Claude first honed her expertise as a researcher for radio and television shows before becoming a cultural reporter.
More than just a television personality, Marie-Claude is also highly involved in women’s issues. Proud to have made her mark in a man’s world, she takes her position as a role model to young women very seriously. This is why, in 2010, she agreed to be co-president of the Quebec Charter for a Healthy and Diverse Body Image (ijoinonline.com). The Charter is an initiative launched by Quebec’s Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women that aims to raise awareness about the problems caused by images of extreme thinness in the media.
In November 2011, Marie-Claude published her best-selling life story Orpheline, which sold more than 55,000 copies and tells of the transformation she underwent following the back-to-back deaths of her parents in 2009.
Since 2011, she has co-hosted several television and radio shows and has entered the business world by becoming a part owner of the restaurant Grenouille on the Plateau Mont-Royal, in Montreal.
In the fall of 2015, Marie-Claude became the new host of the show Simplement Vedette on Canal Vie. She also published her second book, 180 degrés – Virage d’une vie, in which she relates the important events in her life and the changes she made.
Jake was born and raised in Toronto, where he lives with his parents, younger sister, and their pet dog Daisy.
Since beginning his acting career at the age of five, Jake has appeared in numerous TV series, including YTV’s teen sitcom Life with Boys, Disney XD’s adventure series Aaron Stone, MTV’s teen drama Skins, CTV’s drama series Saving Hope, and Global’s drama series Bomb Girls. He also appeared alongside John Stamos in the Lifetime TV movie The Two Mr. Kissels, and voiced the characters ‘Castor’ and ‘Sigma’ on Playhouse Disney’s animated series Mr. Moon.
Jake’s film credits include the action comedy Red starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren, and Pacific Rim, starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, and Ron Perlman.
Jake is a passionate supporter of Kids Help Phone and Free the Children and frequently volunteers his time with both organizations.
When not working or in school, Jake enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and playing the guitar, banjo, ukulele, tuba, trombone, trumpet, drums, and piano.
Joe Eppele is a top-tier, successful Canadian athlete—after playing college football for Washington State University, he helped the Toronto Argonauts take home the 100th Canadian Football League Grey Cup in 2012. He is also a former Team Canada track athlete.
Now a CFL free agent, Joe Eppele represents resilience, strength, and positivity. Dedicated to sharing his bullying experiences to help young people overcome their own challenges, Joe generously donates his time and his story to Kids Help Phone as a Celebrity Ambassador.