I have spent my professional and personal life advocating for education, social justice, economic equity, and the well-being of my community. My guiding principle for my work has been wanting for others what I would want for myself. As Vice President, my experiences will position me well to be able to assist the Party as we endeavour to increase our engagement with diverse communities across the province.
I ran as a candidate for the Ontario NDP in 2018 in Scarborough– where I came within 963 votes of winning. Last year, I stood up again for progressive values, running municipally in Scarborough and receiving endorsements from The Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Progress Toronto, The Toronto Star, Now Magazine, and others.
A proud French teacher and union member, I have advocated for and supported teachers as an elected released Executive Officer of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) since 2011. Recently, I was honoured to be selected for the 2019 Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario’s Political Activist Award.
I am the President of the Scarborough Rouge Park Ontario NDP Riding Association and I volunteer for several other community groups. I have worked hard alongside other residents in a diverse area to increase community empowerment and advocate for improved public services, affordable housing, and good jobs. It is important to me to continue to educate and mobilize in my community and across the province and I will work tirelessly towards the goal of electing an NDP government in Ontario in 2022.
Since 2011 I have served as an elected released Executive Officer of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT). In this role, I support teachers with any issues or concerns within their schools. I advocate for and with them so that they are able to improve their working conditions. Over the years my work has included: managing the grievance process, creating and hosting workshops and conferences, Negotiations Team and Strike Teamwork. In addition, I have served as the liaison to the following committees: Political Action, Community Outreach, French as a Second Language and ETT Elections. I also have organizing responsibilities for schools in the west end of Toronto. We are currently building power in our schools to better advocate for the public education system in addition to advancing our bargaining goals.
I am a skilled workshop creator and facilitator. I have created leadership workshops for The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Toronto and York Region Labour Council (TYRLC). I am also an ETFO Women in Action facilitator.
I am a delegate to the TYRLC and served as a member of their Equity Committee. I am currently a member of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Workers of Colour Committee and served as the OFL VP Workers of Colour Alternate.
As a member of the Campaign For Public Education, I have worked with other education affiliates (CUPE 4400 & OSSTF), as well as TDSB trustees to promote and defend public education. This work has involved serving on an election planning committee to select trustee candidates, as well as a campaign during the 2018 election to address the issue of crumbling school infrastructure.
Over the years I have also been an ally to other unions; standing in solidarity with them on their picket lines and at their job actions. I’ve also been asked to speak on panels and as a keynote at various union events.
I have been involved in community development and advocacy in my hometown, Scarborough, Toronto for many years. This advocacy began with TYRLC’s Respect Scarborough in 2012 when I was part of a group of passionate union and community members working towards advocating for better jobs for Scarborough Residents. Currently, I work with 1LoveMalvern and their transit subcommittee, Connect Sheppard East. As part of a coalition with Scarborough Transit Action and TTC Riders, we are advocating for accessible and rapid transit that connects the most easterly part of Scarborough to other areas of Scarborough and downtown. Also, I do civic engagement work for the area with another group in Malvern, 42 Voices. Most recently I’ve started working with the Scarborough chapter of ACORN to help tenants advocate for their rights and to push for more affordable housing in Scarborough.
In the role of Vice President, my main goal will be for us to form government in 2022!
Our party must be reflective of the voting population. A diverse membership is the only way we can truly change our outcome at the polls. Since the cuts by the current government are so deep and widespread, people are more willing to hear the Ontario NDP vision for the province. Organizing and mobilizing must be our top priority in order for our core values and messages to be understood by the general public. By having genuine conversations with our family, friends and neighbours we will bring more people in. As we listen to people and continue to develop progressive and bold policies our NDP can become THE viable option in the minds of voters.
I am an accessible and hands-on leader who strives to empower others so that we can build together. My union work has given me the skills to effectively build and advance the goals of an organization, and its members. My community work continues to help strengthen and amplify residents’ voices so that we work towards getting the respect and change that we need and deserve. I would be grateful for the opportunity to work with the ONDP Executive and Party as a whole so that we can be unstoppable in 2022 and beyond.