Maryam Monsef

My Personal Story

Maryam Monsef

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef spends the day with CPAC’s Jacqueline Milczarek in the riding of Peterborough-Kawartha.

It was in this riding and in the central Ontario city of Peterborough where Maryam Monsef and her family settled after arriving in Canada as refugees from war-torn Afghanistan in the 1990s.

Monsef, who was first elected in 2015 and appointed to cabinet shortly after, tours her old high school, Peterborough Collegiate Vocational School, and Trent University, where she earned her undergraduate degree.

Monsef talks candidly about the trials and tribulations of growing up as an immigrant and how she plans, as an MP and minister of the Crown, to give back to the community that welcomed her and her family so warmly when she was just a child.