I am a hard-working, perseverant, and authentic Franco-Ontarian of Burundian-Rwandan origins.
I came to Canada in 2006 as an asylum seeker. After graduating from De La Salle High School with high marks – while living in a shelter – I worked as a security guard while waiting for my refugee status in order to start my post-secondary studies. I graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences specializing in conflict studies and human rights (with 15 credits in Civil Law), and recently completed the Christopher Leadership certificate.
I am a dynamic community member and volunteer. My involvement with the Women's March Ottawa as the former co-Chair, 613-819 Black Hub Noir as director and the Rotary Club of Orléans as director of community service and interim Chair of the Climate Action Team has been motivated by my strong commitment to addressing system inequities, to listen to the community and be the voice of the marginalized especially where there are underrepresented groups.
In addition to my community work, I am a Consultant in Conflict resolution and Equity at the Centre for Conflict Resolution International. I have over ten years of experience in customer service and four years as a public servant. There is a creative side to me. I love to paint, sing, dance and enjoy the beauty of nature.
I strongly believe in working hard to achieve one’s goals and dreams – and I am ready to get to work and put my heart in it.
Representation matters and I am excited to bring more diversity and a different perspective around the decision making table. I am ready to actively listen, engage with community members, keep you updated on important issues on a regular basis, send you a newsletter with local information as well as directing you to services that aren’t easy to find, maintain communication, invite community members to talk about issues that are important to them and to listen to you and act on your behalf for your interets without excluding anyone.
I am confident that I am the strong voice of change needed during these challenging times and into the future. My advocacy work and community experience allows me to collaborate with all three levels of government. I create partnerships, am a team player and a consensus builder. This is why I am the candidate who is better positioned to represent you.
I love engaging with residents – on the streets or virtually – to listen to your most important issues. I would love to hear from you on social media, in person at a coffee shop’s terrace, or via email.