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I was elected to the newly merged Canterbury-Bankstown Council in September 2017 and served twice as Deputy Mayor.
I live in Greenacre with my wife and four children and proudly represent the Bankstown/Darani Ward.
Having arrived in Australia in 1999, at the age of twelve, without speaking a word of English, I attended an intensive English school before enrolling at Belmore Boys High and finishing my senior years at Noor al Houda school at Strathfield.
I developed a passion to serve the community and to give a voice to those with no voice, leading me to join the Australian Labor Party.
One of my first roles was a youth coordinator with the Bankstown Police Citizens and Youth Club, managing and mentoring many youth, and facilitating family programs.
I also worked on the Bankstown Families Connect program, which brings together disadvantaged children and their mothers from the local area, to participate in various fun, social and educational activities. In addition, I've developed partnerships with local Police, AFL club GWS Giants and the Lighthouse Community Support group, to manage school leadership programs and youth-led conferences.
I'm a proud White Ribbon Ambassador and sit on a committee that organises the annual local White Ribbon Day march, which attracts more than 2,000 people.
I'm also involved in the planning of Harmony Day activities, which bring families of different cultures together, to celebrate multiculturalism in Canterbury-Bankstown, and was awarded the Premier's Harmony Medal in 2018.
My dream was realised on Thursday 11 May 2023, when I was elected Mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown.