Farnaz was taught the value of democracy at a very young age by her parents, setting her on the path towards advocating for greater civic engagement and reform. While at York University, she ate course kits on Canadian democracy and voting systems for breakfast. During her Masters program at Carleton University, she fixed her sights on civic and social participation among first generation Canadians. But it was through her work with community-led grassroots initiatives at the Scarborough Civic Action Network that Farnaz really saw the importance and value of diverse voices in democratic institutions. She now resides in Ottawa, where she volunteers with the City for All Women’s Initiative, campaigns for Ottawa123 on voting reform for the city, and sits on the Board of Directors for Unlock Democracy Canada. When she’s not playing out mock-election debates in her head, she is rocking the mic at a karaoke room.
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