Why I'm Running
I grew up on Riverdale Ave— I love our community and I love what we stand for.
My parents always taught me and my three siblings to work together, make a difference in our community, and never give up on tough challenges. My mom, a teacher of children with special needs, saved every penny to support our family and her parents back home. As a new Canadian with two degrees, my dad delivered pizza and repaired printers before getting the opportunity to work with a computer company. This community, Toronto—Danforth, helped our family to thrive. That’s what we stand for— that’s what I stand for.
Today, income inequality and an affordability crunch are making it harder and harder for stories like theirs - like mine - to become a reality. In the richest city in the country, young families are wondering how they're going to afford child care and rising housing prices, and plan for the future. Low-income residents have fewer and fewer options to find housing and nutritious food. People like my parents are wondering what kind of future the climate crisis has in store for their grandchildren.
I’ve worked my whole life to bring people into politics, and I’m running to be your NDP candidate because I still believe we can make real progress in Ottawa, but only if we work together.
Whether as a campaigner at Make Poverty History, organizing with equity-seeking communities under Jack Layton's NDP, making our community better with Councillor Paula Fletcher, or working in the nonprofit sector for better services and affordable housing, I have always focused on making a difference and taking on tough challenges.
I am running for the nomination to be the NDP candidate for Toronto—Danforth, and I will be counting on you to help create a winning campaign. As a proud, lifelong New Democrat, I’m hoping to bring new people into the party and build on the legacy of our party in our community.