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Neethan Shan

Scarborough-Rouge River

Ontario NDP

Meet Neethan

Meet Neethan Shan

  • Former York Region District School Board Trustee
  • Delivered results for Scarborough, starting seven new after-school programs
  • Current Executive Director of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
  • Award-winning, respected leader who has served as a member of Parent Action on Drugs, the Toronto Youth Gang Work Group, Malvern Community Coalition, and the Scarborough Youth Task Force

From a young age, Neethan Shan has involved himself heavily as a community leader. He served as a Public School Trustee and, alongside Councillor Logan Kanapathi, was the first Tamil-Canadian to be elected to public office in Canada and the youngest trustee ever elected to the Board. In that role, Neethan served more than 115,000 students and helped to manage a budget of over $1 billion. Neethan gives back and is an active member of community organizations. Working with the Malvern Family Resource Centre, he started seven new after-school and youth engagement programs at schools throughout the Scarborough area. He was the long time host of an interactive talk show dealing with social issues on Tamil Vision International TV and a radio show on Canadian Multicultural Radio, 101.3 FM. Neethan’s efforts have received recognition from Urban Alliance for Race Relations, which awarded him their Race Relations Award, and the Toronto Community Foundation, which presented him with their Vital People Award. He holds a Masters in Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. A passionate community leader, Neethan Shan knows how to unite people together to win change for Scarborough.