Summer Training Kick-Off!
In Conversation with Game Changer City Councillor — Sharmarke Dubow
We’re launching our summer training series with a special guest who inspires all of us at Progress Toronto: newly elected Victoria City Councillor Sharmarke Dubow.
Sharmarke Dubow cast his first vote in an election October 20, 2018. In that same election he ran for office and was elected a City Councillor in Victoria, BC — the first Somali-Canadian elected to City Council in Canada and the first Black City Councillor to be elected in Victoria in 152 years.
Sharmarke fled his country when he was 8 years old. He was a refugee for more than two decades before he resettled in Canada and worked with migrants in North Africa as a dedicated human rights defender.
These are just some of the experiences that convinced Sharmarke to dedicate his life to social and environmental justice. He is tireless in his efforts to build relationships, collaborate, and bring people together to improve the wellbeing of communities.
In less than a year on City Council, Sharmarke, has taken great steps to make life more equitable, inclusive, and affordable for people in Victoria. He’s passed motions to make public transit free, started a renters advisory committee to give tenants a voice, worked to bring an equity lens to decision-making at the City, fought for the addition of affordable housing in Victoria, and more.
We have so much to learn from the newly elected councillor. That’s why Monday July 29 our Executive Director Michal Hay will be in conversation with Sharmarke Dubow. Join us at Progress Toronto as we kick off our training series by learning more about Sharmarke’s historic win, what he’s already accomplished, and what’s next for Victoria.
Doors open at 6:30PM and the program will begin at 7:00PM.
Summer Training Series Kick-Off: In Conversation with Game Changer City Councillor, Sharmarke Dubow
Monday, July 29, 6:30PM-9PM
1179 King Street West, Suite 202
(near Dufferin and King)
This is a free event. We are accepting donations when you register to help cover some costs. If you can, please chip in!