Karla is a passionate and resilient optimist with trust in Canada’s ability to create a prosperous and abundant future for all, one that puts the well-being of people and the land first. Karla is running in this election with the recognition that this decade is the most pivotal in our battle to tackling the global climate crisis, and believes that through collaborative efforts, Canadians can achieve anything.

Portrait of Karla standing in front of greenery

Karla is an active member of the Waterloo community which sits on land granted to the Haudenosaunee of the Grand River, within the territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. Currently attending Wilfrid Laurier University, Karla is in the process of completing her degree in Political Science, with an option in social entrepreneurship and a minor in leadership. 

Karla has a long-standing passion for progressive social justice and equality. Karla has been an active member of Laurier’s Association for Black students, a campus-based student service that brings light to racial inequality, and the experiences of Black students. A member of Laurier’s rainbow centre, a student service that provides support to Laurier’s LGBT+ community. As well Karla sits on the school’s Gendered and Sexual Violence Student Advisory Committee, a group of student leaders dedicated to combating gendered and sexual violence in the community.

Karla firmly believes that at the heart of participatory democracy is honest public service, that listens to every voice, and serves the community first. Karla speaks English and Spanish and was born in Toronto’s St. Lawrence neighbourhood, to a family who left their home country in search of a better home, with greater opportunity, and to escape a cycle of educational and economic hardship. Like many Canadian immigrants, Toronto became a welcoming home on which to lay down roots.

Karla’s campaign is centred on tackling the climate emergency, affordable housing, and a green economic pandemic recovery. With the collaboration of the community, a brighter sustainable future is well within reach and ours to accomplish. Karla has faith in the abilities of regular Canadians and knows that when we vote for the future, we vote for something better.