MY STORY 

Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, a multicultural, multiracial country, I came to Edmonton in 1992 as a youth. I spent my extracurricular time helping to alleviate poverty, assisting vulnerable populations, and strengthening communities by volunteering and working in the inner city under one of Canada’s most revered educational pioneer’s Dr. Stephen Ramsankar, a UN Global Citizen, and a member of the Order of Canada.

 

I met my wonderfully supportive husband and we've been married for 17 years. We have two beautiful children, along with two adorable cats and a dog. I'm an avid organic gardener. I love the arts and the ocean, I enjoy soccer, hockey, and tennis.

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I hold a degree from the University of Alberta in Political Science with a specialization in International Political Economy and International Relations, and a certificate in Globalization and Governance.

I am a master collaborator with impeccable integrity, who has a proven record of accomplishment serving communities over several years in various publicly elected positions working closely with many local community groups, non-profits, charities, as well as with all three levels of government. This work allowed me to advocate for children, families, newcomers, and seniors, from the inner city to suburbia. 

 

I have spent much of my time in senior, publicly elected leadership roles. I was elected and served as President of the Heritage Point Community League, Vice President of Southwest Area Council, District K Rep. on the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) board, and the EFCL’s 100th Anniversary Plaza committees that built the Hawrelak Park plaza celebrating 100 years of community league volunteers in Edmonton. 

Currently, I am a publicly elected Senator at the University of Alberta Senate and the Vice Chair of Membership for ParityYEG, a grassroots organization that empowers women to seek publicly elected leadership positions. This work was significant in motivating me to run as a candidate in the 2021 Edmonton City Council municipal election. I want to be a part of building a city that is truly accountable to the diverse people it serves. I strive to continue this goal by championing the needs of all Edmontonians with a vision of a resilient, prosperous, caring Edmonton. 

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2021

Ran for Edmonton City Council

After many years as a community leader, I made the decision to run for council in ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi (previously wards 9 and 10).

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2019

Publicly elected on to the University of Alberta Senate

I was first elected in 2019 and I've been elected each year since. As a senator, I sit on the Executive committee, co-chair the USchool fundraising program, and I am a Senate Mentor. 

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER

Community-based leadership is my life’s work, and I am keen to collaborate with as many people as possible to create positive, long-lasting change in our communities.