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


My commitment and drive to serve our community has only strengthened over the years. As a former Trustee and as a father of two young children, my personal experience has deepened my understanding of the importance of leadership in our schools. Our work as a community is ongoing and this by-election is an opportunity for us to continue that good work and make a difference in Scarborough.” - Neethan Shan

About Neethan:

  • B.Sc.(Hons.), B.Ed and M.Ed degrees from the University of Toronto
  • Local resident with over 20 years of community development and educational work in Malvern and Scarborough Rouge River as a youth worker, teacher, professor, manager of youth programs and media producer
  • Previous experience as an elected Public School Trustee
  • Recipient of the Toronto Community Foundation Vital People Award and the Race Relations Award from Urban Alliance for Race Relations

You can count on Neethan to:

  • Actively engage parents to ensure that you have a say in your child’s school
  • Create inclusive and safe environments for learning, free of discrimination and bullying
  • Fight for equal opportunities and access to language, arts, and culture programs within our schools


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