Estefania Cortes-Vargas is a dedicated public servant. Her parents, who emigrated from Colombia in 1997 to live in Sherwood Park, Alberta, instilled her passion for public service.
In 2005, Cortes-Vargas founded the first Colombian youth group that facilitated a safe place for immigrant youth involved in at-risk behaviours. Since then, she has volunteered with the LGBT community, immigrant families, in various theatre productions, and as a Taekwondo coach for a program that serves families with children with disabilities.
Cortes-Vargas has also worked as an Educational Assistant for the Edmonton Public School Board for over four years. She is currently a Social Work student at MacEwan University, where she serves as a leader and an advocate for her fellow students as co-chair of the student program advisory committee. She has served as a voice for mental health concerns and has led community initiatives to facilitate self-care practices.
Cortes-Vargas chose to do her practicum placement at the Constituency Office of MLA Rachel Notley and since then her involvement with the New Democratic Party has flourished. Her diverse background aids her understanding of the challenges faced by all Albertans, and through community building she fights for fairness.