Leisha Toory (she/her) is a Political Science and French for Francophones undergraduate at Memorial University who is passionate about making a difference in the community.
She is the director of Sexual and Reproductive Health for the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health and the founder of Period Priority Project which is advancing menstrual products across Canada and making menstrual health education more accessible to youth through education handbooks, presentations and podcasts.
She was nominated for the Human Rights Award, the City of St John’s Applause Civic Awards and has been awarded the David Kirkland Student Leadership Award for her advocacy and leadership in the community.
Passionate about gender equality, volunteerism and policy making, Leisha has received bursaries to attend the All Inclusive Child Care Oxfam Summit in Ottawa and the Equal Futures Network’s Gender Equality Summit in Yukon. She has also been part of Equal Voice NL’s Future of the Vote and has worked as a Page in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. In 2022, Leisha was a panelist for Municipalities NL’s Leadership Summit in Gander.
Leisha is working towards challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers when it comes to women and gender diverse folks’ participation in politics and exploring actionable strategies for youth engagement and retention in volunteerism.