Last summer, Cherie Wong graduated with a double honours degree in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Ottawa. As we inch closer to the summer this year, Cherie is running as the Green Party of Ontario candidate to represent Ottawa-Centre in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
Last night, #NOPE / No Ottawa Prison Expansion members, including volunteers from the uOttawa and Carleton University based Criminalization and Punishment Education Project, made their presence felt at the Ottawa-Centre all-candidates meeting. Posting signs in front of the Glebe Community Centre, and distributing flyers to and chatting with local residents about the problems with building a new and bigger jail in Ottawa, the group also put a question to the candidates.
Click here to watch how Cherie put her criminological knowledge to use in her response, where she made it clear that Ontario should be building communities, not bigger jails. Way to go Cherie!
About Cherie Wong:
Cherie Wong is proud to represent Ottawa-Centre in the upcoming provincial election. As a queer young woman of colour in politics, Cherie seeks to engage socially marginalized groups in this upcoming Ontario election!
Cherie graduated from the University of Ottawa in July 2017, with double honours in Criminology and Psychology. As she began her degree, Cherie began her political involvement volunteering for Elizabeth May in the House of Commons.
Cherie has been an active participant in her community and Canadian politics. Among with other youths, Cherie led the team to organize 2017 People’s Climate March in Ottawa. During her time at uOttawa, Cherie was an active volunteer in student community, she was elected to the uOttawa’s residence association, and volunteered as English tutor and foot patroller.
As part of her engagement in youth politics, Cherie is sitting her second term with the Young Greens of Canada as Co-Chair, and serving as Youth Policy Critic of the GPC. Cherie’s commitment and passion had led her to becoming a key leader figure in the Young Greens movement in Canada.
* Source: Green Party of Ontario, 2018