I am passionate aboutI grew up with an Italian mum and Polish dad. I’ve lived and worked in
India, Italy and Brazil and travelled to many countries in between - I love
experiencing new cultures, new foods, and understanding how people live. From
a young age i've loved music and music making - as an adult I love to use
music as a way of bringing people together.
I’ve come to understand the importance of change in every aspect of our
lives. It’s a constant which means we need to be fluid and evolving to be
able deal with all the challenges that come at us. I passionately live by
these values in my personal and professional life.
When I was 18 I went to India to volunteer on my own as a music teacher in a
girls’ school, which advocated the importance of girls’ education in a
society not traditionally easy for women to thrive in. I then lived in
Brazil over two different extended periods of time. In both countries I was
exposed to the strong disparity of poor and rich but also to the place of
women in society; the double standards and contradictory expectations. I've
always been sensitive to fairness, equality and inclusion, so living these
experiences has really opened my eyes.
I am particularly passionate about empowering girls and women, and ending
domestic abuse. I strive for equality and i'm not afraid to stand up for what
I believe is right.
As clichéd as it may sound, I love life. I’m a firm believer that good
people have the power to make a difference in small, everyday ways.
ActionsI consider myself quite sensitive to the needs of others; I want everyone to
feel included, valued and listened to. Above all, I believe everyone deserves
to be treated with respect.
At work, I set up a choir as well with the aim to bring colleagues together
to learn new skills, help with stress and enjoy themselves in a recreational
way. I also worked closely with my husband (who I am so fortunate to work
with!) to produce a short film promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the
company I work for. As part of my involvement with Diversity and Inclusion, I
am part of a global working group for Millennials and Beyond (CLIMB), which
aims to open dialogue and understanding between different generations and
cultures within the workplace. I help to organise on-site events and am the
communications lead for our 'Chapter'.
In my home town i'm a volunteer for Chester Women's Aid, and am often asked
to sing at small charity events for our local Neurotherapy Center. I'm also
the assistant musical director for a large women’s community choir which
meets on a weekly basis.
Since Ottawa I've been part of a OYW Working Group to raise awareness about
domestic abuse. Together we created a business case to present to employers
encouraging them to have a domestic abuse policy in place, which was
presented at the European Caucus in London in November 2017. I'm currently
embarking on my biggest challenge yet: to create a small documentary about