OBV graduate, Elizabeth Musa will make history if she wins a seat in the Welsh Assembly elections next year.
Musa has been selected to stand as the South Cardiff and Penarth candidate for Plaid Cymru.
An election victory would see her become the first woman from a minority ethnic background to sit on the Assembly.
The South Cardiff and Penarth constituency has been held by the Labour party since 1999. Lorrain Barrett AM, who is due to stand down, held the seat by a majority of more than 2,000 votes at the last election.
Musa, who is a care worker, deals with issues that relate to people from many different backgrounds. She feels that she is ready for the challenge of serving the needs of a constituency, and says that her experience on OBV’s Welsh Assembly shadowing scheme proved an important stepping stone in helping to secure her candidacy.
She is hopeful of setting a benchmark for others to follow, she says:
“I hope my very positive experience on the shadowing scheme will encourage others, especially the younger generation. The Welsh Assembly and schemes like it provide real focus for those thinking of a political career.”
Francine Fernandes, head of OBV shadowing schemes said:
“Liz has been a community champion for many years, campaigning behind the scenes on social justice issues. She was a trailblazer on the shadowing scheme and continues to do so in her decision to seek political office, potentially making political history. She is a role model for all communities.”
Musa is a member of the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Community Health Council (CHC), which monitor and reviews services provided by the NHS throughout Wales.
She is also chair of the Butetown Forum and Secretary of the Residents Association.