Sri Lankan born Cassandra Fernando has been elected to the Australian Parliament.
She beat another candidate of Sri Lankan origin, Ranj Perera.
Cassandra is a proud migrant, a pastry chef, an advocate for essential workers and the Federal Labor Candidate for Holt.
She came to Australia with her family when she was 11, and she has called Melbourne’s South-East home ever since.
Having made this journey, her parents taught her to never take anything for granted and instilled three values that she has upholds to this day: hard work, commitment and gratitude.
Her parents taught her that she was entitled to a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work as well as the importance of being committed to the community.
She began working at Woolies Dandenong Plaza as a teenager, and spent almost 15 years baking, stacking shelves and making lifelong friends.
She now represents workers in the retail and fast food industries, fighting to improve the pay and conditions of my former colleagues—essential workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic.
She has also volunteered to tutor migrants and refugees from non-English speaking backgrounds so they can make the best of every opportunity.
Her parents also taught her to be grateful—to her community and to Australia—and never miss an opportunity to repay the gratitude.
She decided to become the Candidate for Holt because she knew that only a Labor Government can deliver a better future for Holt—a future in which families like hers are not held back or left behind.