Until 2005, I was a full-time mother to five children with a strong commitment to human rights and a growing concern about the lack of appropriate policy to address the looming crises of climate change and energy scarcity. Then I realized that what my children most needed was a liveable world to inherit.
I joined the Green Party of Canada, revitalized the electoral district association as the CEO from 2005-2007 and started doing outreach. Since the 2006 election, I’ve been reaching out to the community, raising awareness of the climate crisis and promoting the policies necessary to address it. In response to the Province’s plan to build a power plant on the waterfront in Toronto-Danforth, I spearheaded the project to write A Realistic Energy Plan for Toronto, the only energy plan that eliminated the need for any new generation from fossil fuels. I was a founding member of the Toronto Energy Coalition, which fought the Portlands Energy Centre.
I am interested in and increasingly informed of the transformations required in the areas of energy, transportation and buildings. I initiated fora like Power to Choose in 2007 and Climate Change Conference 2010. I’ve played a central role in organizing rallies like the Canadians for Kyoto rally in 2007 and the December rallies that coincide with the international COP talks on climate change. I helped plan The Sunshine Walk for Climate Justice for which I walked to Ottawa in 2008.
I have given talks on carbon pricing, global warming and human rights, and I frequently participate in public consultations and lobbying. Most of my work is non-partisan and I strongly believe that all parties will have to work together to meet the challenges we face. I hope to work in Parliament towards greater inter-party cooperation.
Born in Brazil to a Ukrainian refugee mother and a Brazilian/Italian father, I speak fluent Ukrainian, Portuguese and English. Before motherhood, I studied Anthropology at the University of Toronto, including a year of study with native Kaingang and Guarani in Brazil. My children attend local French language public schools and speak Portuguese at home.
From 2006-2010, I chaired the Cabbagetown-Riverdale Amnesty International group which meets the first Tuesday evening of each month at St. Barnabas church. I am an executive member of Post Carbon Toronto, and active with a number of other local Toronto groups, notably JustEarth, the Toronto Climate Campaign and The Next Generation.
I have lived in Riverdale since 2002. My husband Charlie and I share our home with two children still at home.
I am honoured to be the Green Party candidate in the 2012 Canadian federal by-election and I would be honoured to join Elizabeth May, doubling the Green voice in Parliament.