Neethan Shan wins Ontario New Democratic Party Presidency

NCCT, 14 April 2012 - Neethan Shan, a prominent Toronto based social justice advocate and the Vice-Chair of the National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) made Tamil Canadian history today by being elected as the new President of the Ontario New Democratic Party. Competing against two other candidates, Neethan Shan made Tamil Canadian history by becoming elected and transforming the landscape of Canadian politics.

"Neethan Shan is a distinguished role model for Tamil Canadians and South asian students in general. A mentor for many student leaders in Toronto, Neethan has demonstrated his commitment to community organising over the years," said Krisna Saravanamuttu, spokesperson of the National Council of Canadian Tamils. "The entire Tamil community is proud of Neethan and his victory represents a huge step forward for Tamil Canadians and the province of Ontario."

Neethan Shan arrived in Canada as a refugee at the age of 16 from the war torn island of Sri Lanka. A committed activist, Mr. Shan has served the people of Scarborough-Rouge River with dedication in different roles, including teacher, social & economic policy advocate and public school board trustee.

Neethan has been in the forefront of tamil community activism and a strong advocate for the freedom for the Tamil peoples' right to self-determination in the North-East of Sri Lanka. He is a passionate advocate for social services directed at helping children, youth and families. With deep roots in the community and an unflagging dedication to social development, he has worked tirelessly for the benefit of his neighborhood.

The National Council of Canadian Tamils congratulates its vice-chair and wishes him success in his new role as President of the Ontario New Democratic Party.


For more information contact: Krisna Saravanamuttu, NCCT National Spokesperson: 647-448-0576 or!/search/Neethan%20Shan

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