Community Mobilization and Resident Engagement:

  • Malvern Community Coalition – member and founding steering committee member
  • Malvern Image Campaign – Founder
  • Scarborough Civic Action Network – Tsunami Response Initiative
  • Markham Community Mobilization Project – Middlefield C.I. and Milliken Mills S.S. – Founder
  • Multiple Agency Partnership Project at Birchmount and St Clair - Steering Committee
  • Tsunami Relief Coordinating Committee - member
  • Good Jobs for All Coalition – member
  • Colour of Poverty Network – Steering committee

Children and Youth:

  • Aisling Discoveries Buddy Builders (anti-bullying) Project Advisory Committee
  • Malvern Youth Cabinet – Founder
  • Malvern's Law and Order Team – Founder
  • South Asian Consultative Committee of Toronto Police Services - Youth Team member
  • North West Scarborough Youth Centre Initiative – Steering Committee
  • Parent Action on Drugs – Peer Empowerment Project Coordinator
  • Scarborough Youth Task Group – member
  • Malvern Family Resource Centre – Youth Development Worker
  • Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre (CanTYD) – Executive Director
  • Malvern Family Resource Centre – Manager of the Youth Centre

Community Development and Social Planning:

  • United Way Membership Admission Committee
  • Parent Action on Drugs – Coordinator of Strengthening Families Program in Cultural Communities
  • Framework Foundation – Leaders for Change Team
  • South Asian Community Services Network in York Region – member
  • Social Planning Council of York Region – Founder

City of Toronto Municipal Government Involvement:

  • City of Toronto – Community Neighbourhood Crisis Response Initiative
  • Mayor's Neighbourhood Safety Action - Community Representative
  • Youth Gang Work Group – Community Safety Task Force under City of Toronto - member
  • Access, Equity and Human Rights Network – City of Toronto
  • Toronto Police Service Board Chair Advisory Committee
  • Toronto Fire Services Chief’s Advisory Committee
  • City of Toronto Reception and Display Coordination for Asian Heritage Month
  • Community Watch member – 41 and 42 Division Toronto Police Services
  • Advisor on various City Initiative including Neighbourhood Well-being Index, Toronto Transit Commission Diversity Plan, Parks and Recreation Access and Equity Unit.

Community Based Research:

  • Ryerson University MY LIFE Project Participatory Action Research
  • Ryerson University – Research Assistant for Parent-Youth Relationship Study
  • Malvern Youth Needs Assessment Coordination
  • McMaster University and University of Toronto – A study of immigrant seniors’ income security
  • Four Universities Project: University of Toronto, Wilfred Laurier University, University of British Columbia and York University – A study of healing for youth facing racism – Research Team
  • McMaster University – Youth and Labour Market attachment- Advisory Committee member


  • Evaluator Summer Jobs for Youth Program
  • Community of Practice Coordination for youth employment – Boreal Institute for Civil Society- Munk Centre for International Studies of U of T
  • Good Jobs for All Coalition – member
  • Employment Equity campaign – Toronto Lead


  • Toronto Coalition for Equity of Education
  • Community Use of Schools Council with TDSB
  • South Asian Educators Network - Founder
  • Skills Lab East York C.I. Volunteer Tutor
  • Forum on Safe Schools – Organizer and Facilitator
  • York Region District School Board – Public School Trustee
  • Race Relations Advisory Committee – Chair
  • Parent Engagement Advisory Committee – Trustee Representation
  • Education Expo for Scarborough and Markham - Coordinator

Immigration and Settlement:

  • Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office – Settlement Volunteer
  • Metropolis Conference – Calgary 2008, Halifax 2007
  • Canada and Multiculturalism – Oxford University Conference
  • Promising Practices Presentation to Standing Committee for Citizenship and Immigration
  • Smart Settlement Project - Peterborough

Anti-racism Initiatives:

  • Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) – Say No To Hate project
  • One Nation Anti-racism Committee – member
  • National Anti-Racism Council of Canada - member
  • Durban Review United Nations Geneva – Delegate
  • Equity Council of York Region – Founder

Arts and Culture:

  • Film Arts Society of Canada’s Canadian Tamil Film Festival – Organizing Team
  • Markham Arts Council
  • CASSA’s South Asian Heritage Month Coordination
  • Fires of Resistance Annual Youth Conference – Founder


  • Scadding Court Community Centre – Equity Toolkit Advisory Committee
  • Central Community Care Access Centre – board member
  • Toronto East General Hospital – Information Volunteer
  • Coordinator Roundtables on Sexual Health, Mental Health and Chronic Diseases


  • TVi - Producer and Host of a talk show on social issues
  • Canadian Multicultural Radio FM 101.3 - Producer and Host
  • Interviewed by CBC, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Sun, City TV, CTV, OMNI TV, Sun TV and over 30 other local print, tv and radio media
  • Poverty Reduction: Panelist on CBC Metro Morning Show
  • Colour of Poverty Campaign: Press Conference Panelist
  • 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction: Press Conference Panelist

Awards and Recognition:

  • Vital People Award - Toronto Community Foundation
  • Race Relations Award – Urban Alliance for Race Relations
  • Leader for Change – Maytree Foundation
  • Youth Advocate Award – Social Services Network
  • Keynote Speaker at Symposium of Cambridge Social Planning Council
  • Keynote Speaker at Shades of Brown Conference York University
  • Invisible Boys Conference – Guest Presenter
  • Presented Guest Lecture at U of T Faculty of Social Work,
  • Guest Lecturer at York University
  • Presenter at Community Colleges including Seneca College and Centennial College
  • Maytree Foundation: Civic Participation Presentation
  • City of Toronto’s Crisis Response through Cultural Lens: Panelist
  • ICE committee: Neighbourhood Development: Panelist
  • Shades of Brown Conference: Keynote Speaker: Promises in the South Asian Community with respect to Education
  • Participasian: Civic and Political Participation of Asian Communities: Panelist
  • Town of Markham: Great Town Needs Great People: Panelist
  • Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office – Civic Engagement of Youth: Panelist
  • Asian Heritage Month – Training for Educators: Trainer

"Neethan Shan, Ward 42, Scarborough-Rouge River. Incumbent Raymond Cho has served on council for 19 years. That’s long enough. Shan is a strong alternative. A Tamil-Canadian, he has left his seat as a school board trustee in Markham for a crack at Toronto council. Now a Toronto resident, Shan has long been a community activist in the city’s difficult Malvern neighbourhood and heads the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians. City council would benefit from his presence." –

"Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River: It’s time for long-time incumbent Raymond Cho to move on. Our choice to replace him is Neethan Shan, head of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians. Shan is a long-serving community activist doing good work in Malvern." –

"Neethan Shan has been pivotal in recognizing the common needs of immigrant communities in our city while never undermining the diversity that exists amongst such a broad community, he has managed to turn our differences into our strengths." – Zahran Khan, former president, United South Asians of York

Welcome to the official website of Neethan Shan Election Campaign


"Impressive record of community service"

"understands the issues"

"a definite advantage"

"a far better choice"

Neethan Shan endorsed by the Toronto Star
October 12, 2014

Dear Scarborough Rouge River Ward 42 residents:


Welcome and thank you for visiting my official website. I am delighted to have this opportunity to seek election for the City Councillor position in Ward 42.

I am eagerly looking forward to this election campaign, as it will give me yet another opportunity to share my vision for the City of Toronto with all of you while learning about your ideas and potential solutions to the very issues that are confronting us today.

I have made the decision to run for this position mainly because I feel that Ward 42 definitely deserves a leader who will improve its profile; bring additional opportunities and resources; engage the residents meaningfully in municipal governance; and last but not least, represent the ward by being a strong, reliable and progressive voice at the City Council. This is exactly what I am prepared to do and to do it well.

I strongly believe that I have the skills and the experience necessary to build a City that is efficient, transparent, inclusive and accountable. In addition, I have a proven track record of community development and social planning in the past sixteen years that will guide me in addressing local issues in the community effectively.

Fourteen years of experience in community development and social services, ten years of experience in senior management role as well as four years of experience as an elected official together will definitely assist me in being an effective City Councillor for all ward 42 residents.

I have a very strong familiarity with and connection to the Ward. Working in two high schools and five elementary schools in the area has given me tremendous amount of insight into the neighbourhood and has provided me with very positive and healthy relationships with the community members. My involvement with Malvern Family Resource Centre, Malvern Community Coalition, Scarborough Youth Task Force, Colour of Poverty Coalition and many other organizations has provided me the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to be a City Councillor who understands not only the issues but also the solutions.

My team is very interested in hearing from you. Please provide your input and suggestions to us. Using the “Have Your Say” section, you can provide us information about issues that are affecting you. Change is definitely possible if we all work together with a collective vision for our Ward and our City. I look forward to engaging with you in this journey to build a more inclusive, efficient, transparent and accountable City of Toronto.

With regards,
Neethan Shan
Your Candidate for City Councillor
Scarborough Rouge River Ward 42
City of Toronto
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