Born in eastern Turkey, Sonia is a proud Canadian of Kurdish heritage. As early as 16 years old, Sonia was involved in Canadian general elections and continues to ensure that the right people get in office. She continues to serve on her local provincial and federal constituency boards.
Sonia was the past president of the PC Youth of Alberta, where she advocated for the next generation of leaders. Sonia was a member of the negotiating team between the Wildrose and PC Party and helped create a framework for the United Conservative Party of Alberta (UCP). She also served as a director and chaired the communications committee on the UCP board. She also was the campaign chair for Minister Savage’s successful nomination race. Sonia is a proud member of Equal Voice, Southern Alberta Steering Committee.
Sonia also recently joined the Equal Voice National Board of Directors as the Alberta Director.
We asked her a few questions about her involvement in politics and hopes for the future.
- How did you first get involved in politics?
My involvement and interest in politics started in grade 6 when our class participated in the student vote program. I remember that day very well. My teacher wrote the class election results on the whiteboard…25 liberal and 1 conservative. That one conservative vote was me…surprise!
I bought my first PC Alberta membership when I turned 14 and started door knocking for various candidates in the provincial election. Around that time, I also got elected on my local constituency board which I still continue to serve to this day. During university, I served as the conservative campus club president and worked on various campaigns. I have also served as the president of PC Youth Alberta.
I started politics at a very young age and wouldn’t change a thing.
- What are your hopes for women who are running in politics today? What about in 20 years?
Politics can be intimidating and is very challenging at times. Surround yourself with good people and mentors. That really makes the difference. My biggest and most important advice: take care of yourself. You can get burned out really fast but remember self-care is also important. Too many people in politics forget that.
My advice in 20 years would be the mostly the same. Remember politics is about people and not what someone says on Twitter. Stay true and real. Voters like that.
- What advice would you give to women who are considering running?
Running for office is a big financial and personal sacrifice. Get organized early, build your team, fundraise early and don’t forget to ask questions! A strong game plan will help you tremendously. Be sure you consult your loved ones before your run…I can’t emphasize that enough.
- How can others support women who are running?
Door knocking, calling, sign building, literature drops and donations go a long way on campaigns and helping elect good people! Campaigns require lots of help and resources. Others can really help by being a volunteer or helping recruit good volunteers.
- Do you think you’ll ever run for public office?
One day, I hope to serve our my community. But timing is everything and no one should rush into running for office. Gaining private sector experience and focusing on my career is my first priority. For now, I will continue to door knock for others!