Maryam Monsef, working hard for you in Peterborough–Kawartha
Maryam Monsef was elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha. Shortly after her election, Justin Trudeau appointed her as the Minister of Democratic Institutions, a role in which she served until early 2017, and then as the Minister of Women and Gender Equality, and Minister of International Development.
She is a dedicated community organizer, former Peterborough mayoral candidate, and co-recipient of the YMCA’s Peace Medallion, who has been working with Justin Trudeau to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, and offer real help to families.
A passionate volunteer, Maryam has sat on the boards and committees of several high-profile organizations. She was the Vice-President of the YWCA of Peterborough and Haliburton Board of Directors, a former director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, and of the New Canadians Centre—a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers in the Peterborough and Northumberland regions.
Maryam was also the co-founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign, a grassroots initiative she started while at Trent University, which to date has successfully raised over $150,000 to help support women in Afghanistan.
Maryam has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trent University, and speaks English, Farsi, and Dari.