Community Relations Specialist
The Centre for Community Learning & Development
Sureya is a graduate of the Immigrant Women Integration Program and currently works as Supervisor of Community Connections – but most people in Regent Park know her as the “Mayor”.
She is widely recognized as a community leader, serving on the boards of directors for local charities and community groups. Sureya cofounded Regent Park Mothers for Peace, a support circle that helps mothers who have lost children to gun violence grieve, plan funerals and receive continuing support and counselling afterwards. In less than a few years, they have grown considerably and expanded as an anti-violence advocacy group with even broader goals.
Sureya has not only attracted other like-minded women to join the group as participants, but she has converted them to impassioned activists. These women have worked enthusiastically and tirelessly for change, organizing, speaking out and even independently hosting events, all inspired by Sureya’s example.
Sureya also founded the Regent Park Catering Collective, heads up the Regent Park Sewing Studio social enterprise, and participates in the Regent Park Revitalization Project as a community member-at- large.
2019 Greater Toronto Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
Venue: The Old Mill
Keynote: Deb Matthews, Former Deputy Premier of Ontario
Attendees: MP Julie Dzerowicz, MP Majid Jowhari, MP James Maloney, MP Maninder Sidhu, MP Arif Virani, MPP Daisy Wai, former Senator Dr. Asha Seth, former MP Harinder Malhi, former Councillor David Cohen
Local Change Makers Celebrated
It’s a sector that reinforces crucial community safety net, but the people working the front-lines of the GTA’s community agencies don’t often get the public appreciation they so deserve. The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognize extraordinary contributions made by frontline staff and middle managers who are tackling #UNIGNORABLE local issues at United Way Greater Toronto-supported agencies.
On November 18, winners were awarded for helping and people and their communities thrive through their dedication, innovation and creativity, leadership, teamwork and partnership.