A proud resident of downtown, Ausma Malik is committed to working together to build a city where everyone belongs.
As a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Trustee representing dynamic and growing downtown neighbourhoods, Ausma’s passion for community engagement, inclusivity and transparency helped lead to the TDSB becoming the first Board in the country to create the role of integrity commissioner.
This year, Ausma was proud to work with the TDSB and community partners to oversee the groundbreaking of Jean Lumb Public School, which will be the first new downtown public school in twenty years.
She has also championed a city-wide petition, calling for changes to provincial regulations that would result in developers providing much-needed school improvements and capital repairs, and the campaign has now been adopted by the TDSB itself.
With experience in policy and community engagement, Ausma has centred local organizing in her work with a number of Canada’s leading non-profits, including the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada and most recently, the Atkinson Foundation, where as the Director of Social Engagement, she piloted the first podcast of its kind to explore the challenges and opportunities millennials face with work.
Her dedication to environmental advocacy and the enrichment of the arts led to Ausma’s work on the boards of Toronto’s Long Winter Arts Festival and the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA).
The first hijab-wearing Muslim woman to be elected in Canada, Ausma holds a degree from the University of Toronto in International Relations and Political Science.
In 2017, Ausma was profiled by the Toronto Star about why she is running for city council. You can read the story here