Tamer Abdalla

Country of Origin:

Saudi Arabia

Themes:

Citizenship, Immigration, Black History/African Heritage, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Adjusting to Life in Canada

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Bio

I manage the provincial field program for the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) where I oversee the recruitment, training, and mobilization of grassroots volunteers across the province ahead of the 2015 federal general election.

Formerly an organizer for President Obama’s re-election campaign, I spent stints working in the Office of the Premier of Ontario and the Ministry of Education in the lead up to the 2014 general election.

During that election, I co-managed the campaign of the then newly elected Member of Provincial Parliament for Trinity-Spadina, Han Dong, defeating a 24 year incumbent, prior to overseeing his transition period to the role of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Passionate about educational policy, progressive politics, non-profits, volunteer and civic engagement.

Twitter: @tamerabdalla

Story

He moved to Canada when he was 12 yrs old and settled with his family in St Catharines, ON. His parents are from Sudan, but he was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. He had a unique experience there as it was a very homogeneous community. Getting accustomed to his new surroundings was a learning experience. There is always a conflict of trying to find the balance between your identity old and new. His parents struggle to find work in this new country. His experience with education and race issues gave him the inkling to want to tell his story. Had great networks to support him overcome his challenges as an immigrant kid. Mother works as a maid and father drives a taxi even though they are both educated from their home country.