Payton Ashe is a Nova Scotian descendent of Black Loyalists; her rich roots trace back 250 years into Canadian history, and inform all aspects of her work. She is a university student studying political science and minoring in environmental sustainability, and has won several academic awards throughout her career. Payton is also a professional model and server. She is an activist who has successfully campaigned for changes in her high school’s policies, organized a free drop-in counselling clinic for youth affected by gun violence, and is currently the President of the Concordia Young Greens.
Payton’s love for the environment and politics comes from her rural beginnings, her passion for intersectional social justice, and her unique experience as a female minority. She has been volunteering with The Green Party for two years and has worked closely alongside the Executive Director of the Quebec wing. She is a firm believer that the alleviation of climate change will come from government action, but also from the empowerment of disenfranchised persons who do not currently have the resources to be a part of a sustainable transition. Her life’s work is dedicated to changing this reality.
Payton has worked on the black rights group North-End Community Action Committee where she has advised leaders including senators, ministers, and city councillors. At the age of 15, she moved out, worked two jobs while attending high-school, and garnered six university credits before graduating with honours. Before obtaining her diploma, Payton campaigned for changes to her high school’s dress code, which resulted in her recommendations being implemented.
She believes that now is a transformative time for groups historically underrepresented in politics to become engaged and have their voices heard. Payton’s determination, perseverance, and advocacy will help her achieve her goals of implementing environmental constitutionalism, lower university tuition, and foster a free sustainable transition for workers whose jobs are at risk due to automation and climate change.