Rooted in her South Asian heritage, Maria is passionate about bringing the stories and unique experiences of her people to the forefront. She decided to do her undergraduate education at Ryerson University in Social Work and is now completing her final year. In 2016, Maria attended a workshop by Olivia Chow and instantly decided to make the Institute for Change Leaders her fourth-year placement. So far, Maria has learned a lot about the power of community organizing in bringing about change and looks forward to learning more. Maria is also passionate about cooking and an avid food vlogger in Toronto.