Former constituency assistant and expectant mom looks to join Trudeau
TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - A legal expert, international human
rights activist and media commentator will seek the Federal Liberal
nomination for the riding of Willowdale. And she is an expectant mom as
Lily Pourzand, a former constituency assistant to former Liberal MP,
Martha Hall Findlay, has announced her decision to run for the coveted
Toronto seat that had been in the Liberal fold for many years before
the last election.
A long-time community activist, Ms. Pourzand said in making her
announcement, "I want to put my experience to work and be part of the
rejuvenation of the Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau's leadership. I
have decided to step up and seek the nomination in our riding because I
believe I have the right qualifications. As a soon-to-be mom who is an
expert in women's issues, and as a first generation immigrant with 20
years of experience in socio-legal fields, I can offer a lot to the
Liberal team for 2015 election. In addition, I live in the riding and
have worked as the constituency assistant and know the challenges. This
decision was made after considerable thought and many encouraging
discussions with family and friends throughout Willowdale."
Ms. Pourzand received her LLM (Masters in Law) from Osgoode Hall Law
School in 2010 with a specific focus on Diversity and Equality. Her
Bachelor's degree is from York University in Women's and Equality
She has been interviewed at length on her human rights work by the CBC
and other media outlets; As well, she has been a Huffington Post
columnist on many issues.
Ms. Pourzand's father was a well-known journalist and former political
prisoner in Iran. He took his own life at the age of 80 in 2011 to
protest against the abuse of Human Rights in Iran. Her mother,
Mehrangiz Kar, also a lawyer is the recipient of numerous Human Rights
In addition to Ms. Pourzand's work as a constituency assistant to Martha
Hall Findlay from 2009 to 2011, she has been part of campaign teams for
former Willowdale MP Jim Peterson and current Willowdale MPP and
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Zimmer for many years.
Ms. Pourzand and and her husband are expecting their first child in
Ms. Pourzand will kick off her campaign on Tuesday October 29th, 6:30 -
8:30 pm, at Novotel Hotel, 3 Park Home Ave, North York.
SOURCE: Lily for Willowdale
For further information:
Media Contact: Lily Pourzand
Facebook: Lily for Willowdale