Aliya holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences with honours in International Development and Globalisation from the University of Ottawa. During her undergraduate degree, Aliya had the opportunity to volunteer her time with Youth Challenge International (YCI) in Nicaragua, Mataglapa assisting with various development projects. For two years she worked as research assistant at The Muki Baum Treatment Centre for individuals with physical and emotional disabilities. Aliya has also been involved in various volunteer activities, facilitating religious education for young people, working with autistic children and assisting in women's development activities in her local community. She speaks English, French, Kutchi and Spanish, and enjoys travelling and photography. She appreciates learning about cultures and is interested in exploring the many ways to preserve them.