Being born in the Middle East and having grown up in Canada, Stacey quickly developed a deep passion for bringing equality to the marginalized through advocacy. This resolve stuck with her through university, leading her to get a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Windsor, and a BA in Human Rights and Legal Studies from Ottawa’s own Carleton University.
Stacey’s love for all things digital began during the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011. Empowered by access to social media sites, Arab youth organized across the Middle East to speak out against oppression. She was inspired by their courage to tell their stories, and their hope for a better, more democratic future.
For the last 9 years Stacey has worked with non-profits, corporations, and government in a wide range of client-focused roles. Through her digital communications role at Global Affairs Canada she raised the public’s awareness of Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy and focus on gender equality. In her most recent position at Innovation, Science and Economic Development she supported the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan to deliver digital literacy training to under-represented groups in Canada's digital economy.
Stacey sits on the Executive Board of the EmpowHer Network, an Ottawa-based network run by women, for women, where she leads the network’s communications strategy. As a Passages to Canada guest speaker Stacey loves sharing her immigrant experience to children and youth in local communities, one compelling story at a time.