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Sabina Ali is the chair and one of the founding members of Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, a group of local residents who came together with a vision of transforming their public space in to a place that builds and enriches the community and their neighbourhood.

She has been instrumental in revitalizing the local park and creating a healthy, engaged and inclusive community. She is engaged in empowering and building the capacity within the residents, especially women and connecting the community with the rest of Toronto.

Sabina has been an invaluable asset to TPWC. Under her leadership, TPWC attained recognition throughout Toronto. She has been successful in connecting Thorncliffe to the other neighbourhoods in the city by participating in the Doors Open Toronto, Community Festival and the Winter Fest at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto Mela, YIMBY Festival, Halal Food Fest, Big on Bloor , Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Harbourfront Fest and City of Toronto’s Tasty Thursdays.

Sabina is passionate about developing her community and committed to community development initiative and food security. Her aim is to create healthy communities that support their residents in adopting healthier lifestyles by providing access to physical activities, nutritious foods, tobacco-free environments and social connections that foster positive mental health. She runs seasonal Good Food Market in partnership with Food Share with a goal of encouraging healthy eating in her neighbourhood. She also manages arts and fitness programming, community gardens , park beautification, community engagement and advocacy improving park infrastructure, Friday community bazaars with local performances, park clean-ups and environmental education, – all based out of the park with over 500 people engaged weekly. Her advocacy resulted in the park getting the first of its kind, a permanent outdoor Tandoor Bake Oven. Because of TPWC’s success, RV Burgess Park was selected as February 2013’s “Frontline Park” by the City Parks Alliance, the most important city parks advocacy membership organization in the U.S. This is the first time a park outside the U.S. was selected.

She believes that all people possess valuable skills, strengths, assets and knowledge that can be contributed towards mobilizing community vision into action. She created a vision of family among multicultural diverse community of Thorncliffe Park neighborhood. Other programming includes sewing studio & catering services to strengthen women’s economic prosperity by providing them the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial and business skills in a nurturing, engaging and caring environment.

She has an extensive background in program management, volunteer engagement, and community building. She is an active member of Toronto Food Policy Council and is currently involved in the community food growing projects that is focused on healthy food growing, community engagement and opportunity for women to build the foundation of social enterprise based on food. She is keen on strengthening food security programming, food education and starting up a community kitchen in the neighbourhood.

She is the recipient of Elizabeth Coke award for excellence in leadership in 2011. She is also the recipient of 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize for her work in transforming the city through innovative thinking, community development and from the looks of it, passion, driving hard work. Recently she received a Phenomenal Woman award from Centre for Community Learning and Development.

She also received an award from local Councillor John Parker. She has also been selected as one of the Top Ten Torontonians to get the things done by Globe and Mail.She sits on various committees like Evergreen Brick Work’s Neighbourhood Engagement Committee, Don Valley West Citizenship Ceremony Committee, Neighbours Night Out Committee, ACCESS Community Capital Fund.


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