Gurleen (Leena) Parhar: Abbotsford

Gurleen (Leena) Parhar: Abbotsford

Leena is in her second year at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Arts, planning to major in Political Science and minor in Law and Society. Leena was born and raised in Abbotsford, B.C. and has developed strong ties to the constituency that she represents. Leena developed an interest in current events and politics from a very young age as she was always surrounded by news media at home and school. Her choice of major is a reflection of her desire to learn about pressing issues in Canadian society such as climate change, intersectionality and its impact on women, and wealth inequality. In addition, the power that governmental institutions maintain and the way that they decide to resolve and overturn various issues has always fascinated her. Leena is currently interning at the Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia and is an active member of Equal Voice at UBC. She has also been connected to her communities by volunteering with Central Abbotsford Community Schools, Menno Place, and working for the Mission Community Services Society. Leena hopes to pursue a career in public policy, law, or with Global Affairs Canada. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and travelling. Leena is very excited to be a part of the 2019 Daughters of the Vote Program and looks forward to further developing her personal, professional, and academic skills through this opportunity.