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Sonja Ristevski for Ivanhoe

Sonja is honoured to stand as your Animal Justice Party candidate for Ivanhoe. A long time resident of Banyule and a daughter of migrants, she is passionate about animal welfare and speaking up for the voiceless, and vulnerable, in society.

Holding a Science (Honours) degree from Melbourne University, and postgraduate qualifications in Health Promotion, Sonja has a solid academic medical research history and freelance medical and health writing portfolio.

Originally vegan for ethical reasons, Sonja's extensive experience in the healthcare sector has facilitated her understanding of the many benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Diet (WFPBD). She has previously volunteered with The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program at two Melbourne primary schools, growing an array of plant foods and cooking vegetarian/vegan meals together with the excited children.

Sonja currently volunteers with Doctors for Nutrition - an Australasian health-promotion charity advocating for the integration of plant-based nutrition in healthcare. She is strongly motivated to improve the nutritional quality of the food system of our most important societal institutions including schools, hospitals and retirement homes.  Also a qualified horticulturist, Sonya is experienced at growing her own plant foods and has recently offered her horticultural knowledge to Edendale Community Environment Farm in Eltham.

Sonja's vision is a world where all animals, and all people, are treated with kindness, equality and non-violence. Adopting a gentle rescue greyhound several years ago, she will work hard for an end to the abhorrent greyhound and horse racing industries.

Addressing the climate emergency is of great importance and Sonja will advocate for a supported transition for farmers to move away from the troubled animal agriculture system, towards more sustainable (and economically booming) plant-based industries.

Sonja is proudly standing as your local Animal Justice Party candidate to ensure that everyone in her area has the opportunity to send a clear message to our politicians that animal welfare and safety matters - that kindness and compassion matters, no matter who you are.

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