NARINE SOOKRAM is a Mayoral candidate for Kitchener in the October 2018 Municipal election.
Narine Sookram is a registered Social Service Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. He currently works at the employment services branch of Lutherwood as a Job Developer where he has helped hundreds of job seekers find meaningful work. The Community Champion was named one of RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants in 2013 and the Waterloo Region Record’s Top 40 under 40 in 2010. Narine has demonstrated commitment and dedication through voluntary service as a mentor for many and a ‘to go’ person in the community to help the community in all aspects of life.
For the past two decades, Narine has contributed to the development and advancement of the ‘underprivileged’ population here in the Region of Waterloo through his past role as an Outreach Coordinator while working at Opportunities Waterloo Region and his current role as a Job Developer at Lutherwood Employment Services. He has initiated the award-winning Dreams Concert, the weekly Spice community radio show and owner of Empower Employment, a small business which he initiated to aid job seekers in attaining their best career fit.
Narine has achieved a Graduate Certificate in Career Development from Conestoga College as well as a Bachelor of Professional Arts Degree in Human Services from Athabasca University. He also graduated from several other programs including an Adult Education Certification from Brock University and a diploma in the Social Service Worker program from Mohawk College.
Narine Sookram is the official world record holder for “Most Awards/Recognitions for Community Work”, he is a local community activist and longtime volunteer who has dedicated over 25 years to many local initiatives; which has led him to receive over 200 awards/recognitions and several world records. Some of which include, the Kitchener-Conestoga 150 for Canada’s 150th Award, an Honourary Doctorate of Humane Letters, the Global Public Peace Prize, the International Service Excellence Award for Director of the Year, the Ontario Newcomer Champion Award and he has won “10 Ideas to Change Waterloo” twice. Also, on Narine’s list of achievements is the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 20 years of service, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, The Waterloo Award (The city’s highest civic honour), a Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction Award recipient and many more.
The thing that sets Narine apart from all other candidates is that he has a proven track record of achieving results and has advocated and helped many people in the community to find meaningful work and motivated them to maximize their potential. He is the perfect fit to represent Kitchener as Mayor in the upcoming Municipal election.