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article imageNDP's Faisal Hassan, running for Etobicoke North nomination Special

By Farid Abdulhamid     Dec 19, 2014 in Politics
Toronto - After serving the NDP and the Canadian public in various capacities, Mr. Faisal Hassan, a prominent social activist and human rights advocate is seeking the NDP nomination for the next Federal election in Etobicoke North.
From housing activist to published author to broadcaster to political assistant, Faisal Hassan has a proven track record as a progressive activist in his community. He is a highly respected community leader who has dedicated his life to serving residents of diverse backgrounds.
“I am thrilled to put forward my name for the federal nomination with the NDP and look forward to building strong and vibrant communities. Together, we will build on our strengths and successes while addressing the gaps in social and economic well- being to benefit all Canadians” says Faisal Hassan, who has long supported a progressive agenda and represents an experienced voice in his community.
Faisal Hassan says he is in the race because he strongly believes in the NDP. With strong roots in a riding he strongly believes in, Faisal is calling upon Etobicoke North residents to support his nomination stating that he is fully committed to addressing all issues affecting residents in the critically important Federal riding.
“It’s where I live, and it’s where I chose to live. It’s the community that has given me a lot, and I want to ensure the same opportunities exist for all residents of Etobicoke North. I believe in job creation, dealing with issues of income inequality, public transit, clean air and clean water. I know that with your help, together, we can build a better Etobicoke North “states Faisal Hassan.
Mr. Faisal Hassan (left) who is seeking the Federal NDP nomination for Etobicoke North has received ...
Mr. Faisal Hassan (left) who is seeking the Federal NDP nomination for Etobicoke North has received the endorsement of Mr. Ed Philip (right), former NDP MPP (1975-1995) and a cabinet minister in the Bob Rae Government.
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Faisal currently works as an assistant to NDP MP, Mike Sullivan and as one of Canada's leading Somali to English literary translators. He has written a novel and formerly hosted a popular Somali-Canadian radio program. In addition, he served on the volunteer boards of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation and Brampton's Habitat for Humanity. He is an active member of Unifor Local 232.
Etobicoke North is home to a large segment of population comprising of low-income families many of whom live in priority neighbourhoods. Faisal’s experience in this area will be critical as he has worked extensively with low-income persons and those who are at risk of homelessness. He was a driving force behind many initiatives that addressed the unmet needs of Toronto's homeless population through his work with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Housing Connections and as an Internal Review Panel member. He was also active with the Immigrant and Refugee Housing Task Group, which brings together representatives of different levels of government, academics, and community-based groups to share information, develop new strategies and advocate for positive change in housing policy.
A strong advocate for housing, Faisal's is well-known for his successes in getting the issues of homelessness, refugee housing and settlement addressed. He proposed the Red Cross First Contact Project which provides strategic intervention when and where new refugee claimants need it most – on arrival at a Canadian port of entry.
Patricia Crooks (left)  the President of the Etobicoke North NDP Riding Association has endorsed Fai...
Patricia Crooks (left), the President of the Etobicoke North NDP Riding Association has endorsed Faisal Hassan.
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In political life, Faisal previously worked for former NDP MPP, Paul Ferreira and is formerly the President of the York South--Weston NDP.
Over the years, Faisal Hassan has tirelessly mobilized ongoing support for his community bringing their outstanding issues to the attention of the NDP. He has organized numerous community events that brought together residents, key stakeholders and policy makers in bid to find lasting and durable solutions to multitude of concerns raised by community members of diverse backgrounds and needs.
Some of the key events he helped organize include community round table forums that brought NDP leaders to come and listen to the public with view of working collaboratively with stakeholders to address critical issues affecting the community at large by employing effective implementation plans.
Joan Bonk-MacKenzie  retired TCDSB teacher and former School Board Trustee (left) has endorsed Faisa...
Joan Bonk-MacKenzie, retired TCDSB teacher and former School Board Trustee (left) has endorsed Faisal Hassan of the NDP for the Federal Etobicoke North Riding.
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The well attended party-sponsored round tables were aimed at engaging NDP leaders in group sessions with concerned residents that set forth their vision for tackling such critical issues as housing, unemployment, public transit and public safety concerns.
Faisal Hassan has secured high profile endorsements from key NDP personalities who heaped praise on the Etobicoke North candidate through statements released in promotional videos.
Ed Philip, former NDP MPP, from 1975-1995 and a cabinet minister in the Bob Rae government said “Faisal Hassan has a good knowledge of federal politics and would make us an excellent member of parliament” while Diana Andrews, a teacher and former NDP candidate in Etobicoke North noted that “Faisal Hassan gets things done, works hard and knows his community in Etobicoke North.”
Barry Marsh (right)  an NDP Executive Committee Member  has endorsed Faisal Hassan.
Barry Marsh (right), an NDP Executive Committee Member, has endorsed Faisal Hassan.
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“Faisal is a great candidate for Etobicoke North. He has been with York South- Weston for quite some time; it is a successful Riding Association and has done a great job. I think Faisal would be a great candidate for Etobicoke North because he knows the issues very well. He is for diversity, he is for change and we need change in Etobicoke North “said Patricia Crooks, the President of the Etobicoke North NDP Riding Association.
“I can’t think of a more fair- minded, interesting, caring person than Faisal Hassan. He would take your concerns to Ottawa and be available to you when you need” observed Joan Bonk-Mackenzie, a retired TCDSB teacher and former school board trustee.
Faisal Hassan has been endorsed by Diana Andrews (left)  a teacher and former NDP candidate in Etobi...
Faisal Hassan has been endorsed by Diana Andrews (left), a teacher and former NDP candidate in Etobicoke North.
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Charan Hundal, an Etobicoke North NDP Provincial Council Delegate stated “I strongly endorse Mr. Faisal Hassan as our Federal candidate for Etobicoke North” while Barry Marsh, an Etobicoke North NDP Executive Committee Member said “Faisal has been very active in York South-Weston Riding and has done a lot of work in Etobicoke North.”
A proud resident of Etobicoke North, Faisal Hassan was educated at the University of Winnipeg where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Justice, Law Enforcement and Administrative studies. He also holds a Certificate in Project Management from Humber College. If nominated, Faisal Hassan will undoubtedly be a strong candidate for his party and an extremely powerful and influential voice for his community.
For more info, please visit Faisal Hassan’s official campaign website at: http://faisalhassan.ca
Faisal Hassan (centre) has received the endorsements of Patricia Crooks (left)  the President of the...
Faisal Hassan (centre) has received the endorsements of Patricia Crooks (left), the President of the Etobicoke North NDP Riding Association and Barry Marsh (right), Etobicoke North NDP Executive Committee Member.
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