A Community Activist "Stands" for Equitable, Safe, Well-rounded and Community-involved Education

By: For Immediate Release

Markham, ONT. - With his close friends and family at his side, Neethan Shan registered his candidacy for York Region School Board Trustee for Area 4 in Markham today Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006 at Markham Civic Centre.

Neethan Shan, a well-known community leader in the GTA is confident that he will represent the interests of the people of Markham, particularly the students and the parents after the election. In announcing his candidacy, an energetic Neethan stated, "My actions, if elected, will be directed by my commitment to an education system that is public, inclusive, safe, and equitable."

He went on to emphasise on his strategies to work towards building an education system where the youth, parents and community members are effectively engaged in. "I want to make the York Region District School Board of Education a model for other boards to follow with respect to dealing with social issues in schools including racism, violence and exclusion.

Mr. Ganesh Murugesu, a long-term Markham resident with two of his children attending YRSDB schools was on hand to support Neethan Shan's Campaign. He says, "I am thrilled that we have someone of Neethan's calibre, experience and knowledge to take on the challenge of making Markham better for our students."

Members of the Tamil community are anticipating that Neethan would make history on November 13, 2006 by becoming the first Tamil to be elected for a public office in Canada. In the last municipal election in 2003, Neethan Shan was very close to victory for the same position with only about four hundred votes short.

Neethan Shan has two degrees, an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Education degree, both obtained from University of Toronto. He currently works as the manager for youth programs at Malvern Family Resource Centre. Just at the age of 27, he had taken up so many challenging roles including being a teacher, an executive director of a social service agency, a radio/tv broadcaster and a producer of shows on social needs and issues. He has received numerous forms of recognition including the Vital People award from Toronto Community Foundation. The Maytree Foundation also chose him as a Leader for Change for its training program.

Neethan Shan will launch his campaign and present his vision for Markham Schools at a Community Press Conference tonight, January 3rd, 2006 at Armadale Community Centre (2401 Denison Street) at 7:15pm. For further information or a personal interview with Neethan Shan, please contact Ashwin Balamohan, Campaign Manager, or Neethan Shan at 905-201-9301 and email:info@neethanshan.com

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