My name is Galya and I have just joined CRE as the Special Projects Assistant. I was born in the Dish with One Spoon Territory (Toronto) and moved to Tiotià:ke (Montréal) 4 years ago for University. Since I was a pre-teen I have been committed to fighting for social justice. At 14 years old I started volunteering on local election campaigns, and now I have participated in electoral politics at every level of government. Although this kind of social activism can be fulfilling, I am so excited to be a part of the Canadian Roots Exchange so that I can fight for social justice in a way that prioritizes a decolonial, collaborative and grassroots perspective on change and development. My work philosophy is that “I’m here to learn” and I know I couldn’t be in a better place to do just that.