· Born and raised in Edmonton
· Active with the Refugee Sponsorship Program of WUSC and a board member for the Edmonton Small Press Association
· Volunteers with the Prostitution Awareness and Action Foundation of Edmonton and the Edmonton Immigrant Services Association
· Served as Co-Chair of the New Democratic Youth of Alberta
· An honours graduate in medical anthropology
· Has worked, researched and lived abroad in four countries
· Has battled the challenge of poverty in her own personal life and conquered it.