My name is Dorris Ngaiza, a graduate from Carleton University with a B.A. Honours degree in Law and Political Science (concentration in International Relations) - and currently an analyst in the federal government. I was born in Ottawa, in the Ottawa West-Nepean riding specifically, but raised in Tanzania, East Africa – and speak fluent Swahili (in addition to English). Growing up in the African country instilled in me a deep appreciation, love and respect for this great nation that I so fondly call home today as I was privileged to witness firsthand what it’s like to live in a country with essentially no future or opportunities for many young girls and women especially those born to underprivileged circumstances. I strongly believe that positive and sustainable change/development can only come with good effective leadership – one that is inclusive, comprehensive, truly representative, innovative, solution-oriented; and driven by a passion for service and genuine compassion for the underprivileged and marginalized. Canada is stronger when all groups of its citizens are fully and truly represented and engaged in the decision-making for the future; and that each group is afforded meaningful opportunities to succeed. Canada wins when all groups (especially marginalized groups) win! I am excited for this unique learning opportunity with Equal Voice's DoV program and the possibility of becoming one of Canada’s female political game-changers in the future.