Maryam Monsef has announced she is entering the race as candidate for the next Mayor of Peterborough.
"I believe Peterborough has what it takes to become a world-class city," says Monsef in a media release. "Despite our many gifts and successes, we are not there yet. To be a world-class city we need a better, more sustainable economy. We need neighbourhoods filled with people who have a great sense of community and belonging. I'm ready to lead."
Monsef grew up in Peterborough. She attended Grove and James Strath Public Schools before attending PCVS. She is a proud graduate of Trent University.
"I was raised by a single mother who left the uncertainty of life in Afghanistan so that her daughters could eventually become full and contributing members of society," says Monsef. "Two decades later, I stand here proud to be a product of everything Peterborough does best. The people of Peterborough saved my life. It's time for me to give back."
"My successes are rooted in my belief that dialogue, collaboration and creativity are cornerstones of effective leadership," says Monsef. "I will do the job in a way that will make this community proud."
The slogan for her campaign—which is being run by Jonathan Bennett—is: LISTEN. LEAD. THRIVE. Of note, Monsef is Co-founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign, recipient of the YMCA's Peace Medallion in 2013, represented Peterborough at the United Nations for the Commission on the Status of Women in 2013, and is an eperienced local board member. She was also on Peterborough This Week's list of Peterborough's 20 most influential people in 2013.
You can learn more on her campaign website she is launching.