In 1990, my parents made the difficult decision to leave Egypt with my sister and I – then teenagers – and immigrate to Canada, fleeing persecution, hardship, and intolerance. For those in Canada who have shared a similar experience of migrating from their homeland, I am sure they can appreciate the uncertainty of leaving all they’ve ever known, country and community, to venture into the unknown. But in spite of the moments of confusion, fear, regret, and sense of lost identity, I found strength through my faith in God and by believing that there was a plan and a purpose for my life. I also held many hopes and dreams about Canada, the land we chose to call home.
Over the years, Canada provided me with many opportunities for success. I learned quickly that Canada is a land of opportunity, where one can achieve their greatest aspirations if they give it what it takes. In spending the majority of my life in this great country, I’ve come to embody and ascribe to the integral values upon which Canada was built, the same values which I have instilled in my children, including hard work, integrity, respect for human rights, fairness, self-improvement, and equal opportunity for all, no matter their race, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or political or religious beliefs.
As I started to get involved in the local community, I began to recognize the importance of public service, and eventually got inducted into the Streetsville Rotary club in addition to joining a number of other not-for-profit boards that focus on improving the lives of others.
I got involved with the Conservative Party of Canada in 2010 but made the decision to become a card-carrying member in 2015. In addition to supporting local Conservative MPs like former MP Brad Butt of Mississauga Streetsville, and Stella Ambler of Mississauga Lakeshore, I recognized the need for promoting Conservative Party values to others; so in 2107, I helped recruit thousands of new members to the party, and in 2018 I made the leap to run as a candidate myself.
Running as a candidate was a unique personal development experience that provided me with a great opportunity to learn about myself, to see the many sides of issues that concern most Canadians, and most importantly, to learn about the issues that matter to our conservative base, including what they want to see in our party. While I was not successful in winning the 2019 election, I was blessed to build a network of friends and supporters, and to expand the conservative movement in Mississauga.