Over the last 15 years, I have worked with young people and diverse communities to build educational experiences that reflect their realities. In this city, I spend my time in communities working with individuals to explore creative solutions that support young people in accessing their education.
I was born in the East Kootenays of British Columbia on Ktunaxa territory to immigrant parents from Fiji. After generations of indentured labour and sugar cane farming in Fiji, my parents migrated to Canada in the early 1970s with $35 dollars to their name and the ambition to secure any employment available to those with limited formal education. It is here that I learned about the sacrifices made and risks taken for me and my sisters to grow up in a peaceful country. I learned through my parents engaging with democracy in their new homeland: watching the national budget as a family, going to voting stations, debating the newest policies – all of the reasons why we value Canada and democratic participation so much. Today, as a young woman of colour, I am proud to be able to put myself forward with the confidence of my community beside me as a OneCity candidate for Vancouver School Board Trustee.
Like many others, I am working towards an inclusive community where people are engaged as valuable and deserving individuals, who can use their agency to lead the changes they wish to see. As a child of immigrant parents, I am forever in awe of the capabilities of individuals to adapt and re-define themselves. I believe that it is within the power of each of us to initiate creative and long-lasting change that benefits us all. I am fortunate to hold a Masters in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics, a Bachelors in Development Studies from the University of Calgary, and a Certificate in Curriculum Development and Instructional Design from Mount Royal University.
I get to work with the best and brightest talent. From Simon Fraser University, EdMeCo and the Vancouver School Board to Kuru Kuru Training Centre in Guyana, I have been inspired by global leadership in education and social change. Together, we ask ourselves if we are being relevant and effective and if our efforts are being informed by those we wish to support. I look forward to the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the efforts of individuals and communities that drive educational leadership in our city. It is my aim to engage in meaningful dialogue, and encourage the development of ideas that result in creative solutions to complex issues.
A recent project that I am proud to be a part of.
A team of individuals including educators and young adult newcomers interested in understanding and addressing the barriers faced by youth who are 19+ and navigating their educational and employment goals.
A memorable example of lived experience and the power of having the chance to apply it and share it in new places.
Appreciating the value of spaces like this where you can bring colleagues and young people to ask questions and offer solutions to critical issues of racism and exclusion.