As a first-generation Canadian, Sonya has encountered many of the hardships that those in the vulnerable and marginalized communities of Canada face and hopes to effectively apply her experiences in the pursuit of the policy change and a more equitable playing ground for BIPOC.
Sonya’s terms at Western University obtaining a Bachelor of Art in Political Science and Psychology, and current pursuit of a Master of Science in International Public Policy, have created a fire of passion within herself, in regard to policy development and civic engagement.
During her first Youth Assembly, she was introduced to the United Nations Volunteers platform, where she has assisted in six volunteer initiatives to date. Complimenting this, Sonya has undertaken a position at the Toronto Youth Cabinet, as a contributor to the Education Working Group. With the other members, she is working to reduce systemic racial biases in schools, as well as increasing diversity in the curriculums being taught. This position has also included representing the TYC at city budget deputations in regard to the underfunded public transit system and contributing to the Mayor of Toronto’s Economic Recovery Task Force post-Covid19.
Sonya plans to continue her civic engagement work by mobilizing BIPOC youth and coordinating their efforts in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals.