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Alberta Liberal Candidate Khalil Karbani Runs for Calgary-Greenway

Advanced Polls open March 16th to 19th; election takes place Tuesday, March 22nd. For more information visit the Elections Alberta website.

Biography

I have lived in both London, England and Calgary, and have a vast global experience both on a work and volunteer basis.  I was a part of a very successful business that I started from the ground up.  We sold car parts and became the UK’s leading dealership.  We were also the first to introduce “on-line mail order car parts” in the UK.

I moved to Canada in 2001 with my wife and 4 children, and started my own business in developing residential homes.  I then moved on to build commercial units and then warehouses.  I have been involved in many projects in and around the NE of Calgary.  I started volunteering with the Taradale Community Association and then went on to become the President since 2005.  In 2013 I received a medal for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for outstanding volunteer work.  It was presented to me by the Prime Minister of Canada and the Queens Lieutenant General.

I was also on the Board of the North East Centre of Community Society from 2005 – 2013– a society that was formed to build the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness.  I was an instrumental part in bringing the Genesis Centre to our community and raising more than $125M to complete the project.

I also volunteer my time with the Muslim Council of Calgary (2013 – 2015) where I was the Chair of Events and Communications.  I organized and set up the Eid gatherings twice a year at the Stampede Round-Up Centre – we see 25 000 people come through the event twice a year.

I was also involved in the Airport Trail Access Committee (2009 – 2012), which was instrumental in bringing economic growth to the NE of Calgary.  Highlights include the development of the Airport Tunnel.

My siblings and I have also started a charity in the UK after tragedy struck our family.  We turned our loss into a successful charity that helps orphans, widows and underprivileged communities in India, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Pakistan.  From 2003 – 2006 I used to volunteer my time twice a month at the Bowden Penitentiary as part of the Support Group to help inmates.

My interest in politics stems from the last several years.  I have always been involved in my community and wanting to make it a better place.  The next step for me would be to be able to take a stronger role in this by running for politics and represent and be accountable to my local constituents.  I believe in the values of the Liberal Party- in a democracy that cares about the economy, equality, education, health care, seniors, and the environment.  I believe in being accountable and totally transparent, and feel I would be a great candidate for the Liberal Party because I have been working for all these values for many years, but now I want to really be able to make a difference in my own community.

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