Meet our candidate prospects, Farheen Alim and Jason Baryluk, and help us choose a candidate as we head into a crucial election to unseat Ford's destructive government
On Thursday, December 2nd, at 7 PM the Etobicoke-Lakeshore NDP will be meeting virtually to conduct our annual general meeting and to choose our candidate for the 2022 provincial election.
Every year, our AGM offers a chance to look back on our accomplishments over the past 12 months, and to plan for the future. We also elect our leadership team who will guide our local chapter in the year to come.
This year, we're also making a critical decision as to who will carry our banner forward in the race to unseat Ford's government and his representative here in Etobicoke Lakeshore.
In 2018, going head to head with a PC wave and a Liberal cabinet minister, we nonetheless came just a few percent short of winning the seat. It was an incredible turnout - and it reflects the years of hard work and organizing that this group has done.
It also means that we are by far the best positioned to capture this seat from Ford's PCs and deliver a more progressive government in Ontario. And the person we nominate will have a huge role to play in ensuring that we do just that.
It's a big decision. Fortunately, we've got two incredible people to choose from. RSVP for our AGM and nomination meeting using this link, then read on to meet our candidate prospects! The event begins at 7 PM, and will feature guest appearances by ONDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Education Critic Marit Stiles. Members in good standing of EL NDP will be given ballots in advance via email, and the results will be announced at the meeting. Both of our candidate prospects will be hosting opportunities to meet them in advance of the vote - stay tuned for details about those events.
Farheen Alim (she/her)
Farheen has been a public school teacher since 2014, working at the frontlines to support the next generation’s success and well-being. In her work, she respects and cares deeply about her diverse students and their families, doing her utmost to build positive relationships, meet unique needs, and nurture inclusion in her school community. Farheen has also seen firsthand the devastation caused by the Ford government’s cuts to the public sector and mismanaged pandemic response, having experienced job insecurity and the challenges of working in a COVID “hot spot” area. She has consistently been a vocal champion for greater funding and accessibility in public institutions because she believes that no one should have their potential limited by circumstances out of their control.
Outside of work, Farheen works tirelessly to support neighbours in need, recognizing that caring for the most vulnerable in our communities benefits everyone. She has volunteered at vaccination clinics and Green Toronto tree planting events, assisted with refugee applications, and supported countless local charity initiatives. She has also been involved as a member of the Political Action Committee with OSSTF D-19, Peel Regional Labour Council, and Etobicoke-Lakeshore NDP. Farheen holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics from Queen's University, and a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She is always interested in learning more about how she can better serve her community.
Farheen can be found on social media and online at the following links:
Jason Baryluk (he/him)
Jason Baryluk is seeking the nomination to be the Ontario NDP candidate in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
Jason has deep roots in the riding. His family immigrated from Poland to our riding in the 60s and still reside here.
He is a graduate of York University and Seneca College where he studied and graduated with honours in Advocacy.
Jason has worked for New Democrats on Parliament Hill and at Queen's Park; focusing on indigenous support, mental health, and Long-Term Care.
Following his work in politics Jason has been working as an advocate for Ontario's college students.
Jason can be found on the following social media platforms: