Maria believes that food is a fundamental human right that should be upheld in Canada. Maria hopes to host engaging and enriching events that connect people to their ideal paths within the food-justice world. Maria intends to empower youth to become food justice leaders in Toronto through her active role as co-president and founder of Ryerson Students for Food Security. Her background in Food and Nutrition BASc, Sociology Minor and Food Security Studies certification shape her passion for social change and goals of food systems improvement. Maria has experience working in urban agriculture and holds a certificate in market gardening/farming from the Ryerson Urban Farm. In her free time, Maria enjoys travelling, baking, recipe developing, vegetable gardening, and adding to her houseplant collection.