Sumaiya Ahmed has been involved with community development work for six years. She is a former youth leader of the Ethno-cultural Youth Advisory Committee (EYAC) of YSB which focuses on providing programs and services to newcomer youth. She has helped implement Immigrant Youth Employment Program (IYEP) to decrease underemployment and unemployment rate for newcomer youth, as well as address other barriers such as racial discrimination and mental health. Sumaiya has conducted focus groups and workshops in newcomer communities to better understand and assess their needs. She hopes to continue to serve the community and breakdown barriers that marginalized communities face. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (Honours) from the University of Ottawa and is currently a medical student in the French stream at the University of Ottawa.