Walied Khogali Ali witnessed his parents make many sacrifices to give him and his six siblings the best possible opportunities, instilling the values of hard work, education and social responsibility. This inspired Walied to “pay it forward” and dedicate himself to public and community service.
Walied has made Regent Park his family home since 2005. He has worked to champion issues such as affordable transit, environmental stewardship, equity and human rights in both the community and across the city. Walied is known for his work with residents from all backgrounds to create safe, inclusive, sustainable communities that are free from discrimination and hate. As a Canadian Muslim who immigrated from Sudan, he has experienced firsthand what it’s like to be a newcomer youth growing up in Toronto. Walied is passionate about building a society in which all people can reach their full potential.
His professional track record reflects this commitment. Since 2016, Walied has worked to support the campaigns of the United Way, as well as in communications at the Labour Community Services of Toronto. Walied served as the President of the Toronto Environmental Alliance, and is a founding member of the transit advocacy organization, TTC Riders. Walied has also held key positions in a number of organizations including the Canadian Arab Federation and the Toronto and York Region Labour Council.
He is the Co-Founder of the Coalition Against White Supremacy and Islamophobia (CAWSI). This coalition of 170+ organizations, mobilized a national day of action in February 2017 in response to the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” and the deadly islamophobic and racist attack on a mosque in Quebec City in January 2017. Walied is a community mentor for youth experiencing marginalization, and an advocate for education and career opportunities, as well as meaningful youth participation in public discourse. Walied recently ran in the most recent October 2018 elections in Toronto-Centre.
Run For Office explores the rollercoaster journey of three “outsider” political candidates facing long odds and a series of dramatic twists in their first run for office.
We strive for a democracy in which all Canadians can participate in a meaningful way. One of the most meaningful of all is throwing your hat in the ring at election time.
But what really happens when an average citizen takes up the cause and decides to make a run for it? "Run for Office" is an hour-long CPAC documentary that follows the campaigns of three "outsider" political candidates who are running for the first time.
Will they be able to make an impact, or will they be shut out by a political system that tends to concentrate power in the hands of the same kinds of people who have always had it?
Watch the full hour-long documentary now.