Ashley Pereira works in media and technology in the telecommunications industry in Toronto. She recently co-authored an op-ed, published in a national newspaper, on millennials in the modern workforce that went viral. Ashley has worked at the Embassy of Canada to Brazil, the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, and the G8 and G20 Summits. Last year, she was named to the Toronto Regional Champion Campaign Protégée Program, which matched her with Councillor Karen Stintz during the mayoral race. Ashley's academic, extracurricular, and community leadership has been recognized with numerous awards. She is a national laureate of the Millennium Scholarship; a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council scholarship, which recognizes "Canada's leaders of tomorrow”; and a recipient of the Governor General's Medal and the Lieutenant Governor's Volunteer Award. In 2013, Ashley was named an RBC Emerging Scholar at Toronto's first-ever Spur Festival—Canada's national festival of politics, art, and ideas. Ashley holds a Joint Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Global Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. As a graduate student, she spent a term at the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs.
Gentrification can crowd out, or displace, communities (typically ethnic) and social networks whilst newcomers transform the very character of our vibrant communities. It is a blow to low-income residents who often move out or stay behind only to pay higher rents. Our hidden agenda is not so hidden: Sustainable gentrification triggered by planned urban development -- not a brazen force blindly driven by dollars--that protects the most vulnerable in our communities long after the Pan Am athletes pack their bags.
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