- Critic for Health, Seniors and Active Living
Uzoma Asagwara has longstanding roots in central Winnipeg as someone who has lived, worked, studied and served as a human rights advocate in the constituency for nearly two decades.
Uzoma is an addictions specialist, psychiatric nurse, educator, entrepreneur and mental health advocate. As a member of the Women’s Health Clinic board of directors, Uzoma has the expertise, skills and progressive values needed to address the crisis of addictions, poverty, precarious housing and access to essential services in central Winnipeg and all communities.
Uzoma has worked alongside marginalized and targeted demographics, including 2SLGBTQ*, Indigenous Peoples, communities of colour, immigrant, refugee and newcomer communities, and disability rights advocates to ensure all voices are heard and fought for in spaces where critical decisions are made.
Uzoma is passionate about the arts and is an active board member of the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. Over the past several years she has collaborated with many community partners to host events highlighting and celebrating local talent and showcasing artists from around the world.
As a former University of Winnipeg Wesmen basketball player and former member of the Canadian National Basketball team, Uzoma mentors young athletes in downtown Winnipeg (and elsewhere) and speaks to youth around the province about the importance of education, living authentically and the importance of pursuing one’s dreams.
Uzoma knows and feels the impact of Brian Pallister’s cuts to critical services in our communities: health care, education, housing affordability, immigrant/newcomer/refugee supports, the environment, seniors’ living, women’s rights, Indigenous Peoples, 2SLGBTQ*, and the rights of all vulnerable and marginalized Manitobans.
Uzoma is committed to being a progressive and compassionate advocate for social justice, climate action, equity and positive change for families in central Winnipeg and all Manitobans.