Yafet Tewelde is a father, educator, author, youth worker and community organizer who has worked on the frontlines of local change here in York South-Weston and Toronto for close to 20 years.
He immigrated to York South-Weston – the Woolner community in Rockcliffe-Smythe – from Eritrea with his mother in 1983 when he was just six months old. They would then move to Brampton but Yafet would eventually return home to York South-Weston as an adult to continue his lifelong commitment to fairness and justice for our communities.
Yafet’s mother would constantly teach him and his younger siblings that limits and expectations set by others don’t define what is possible. She would lay the foundations for his values and eventually his professional journey. He is currently finishing his PhD at York University, having over ten years of post-secondary teaching experience in community advocacy and political theory.
He has always known that his advocacy couldn’t begin and end in the classroom. While in university, Yafet would begin his efforts in community organizing to end racial and economic injustice.
While working in the local non-profit sector, Yafet directly helped hundreds of young people find housing and jobs, supported them and their families to access services and helped vulnerable youth prepare for the future. He also secured millions of dollars in grants needed to enable this front line work.
In 2015, working closely with local community groups, he led the successful community campaign to stop the construction of a gas-fired power plant at Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue West as part of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.
Yafet Tewelde and the NDP are on your side. Yafet knows what it means to stand up for what’s right and be a tireless advocate – it’s his life’s work.
For too long, York South-Weston has been neglected and left behind by Trudeau’s Liberals. We deserve better. It’s time for change.
As your NDP Member of Parliament for York South-Weston, Yafet will work to fight the climate crisis and put an end to extreme flooding in our neighbourhoods; make life more affordable for working people by providing relief from the sky-rocketing costs of housing and free medication coverage through pharmacare for all; and stop giving multi-million dollar tax breaks to the ultra-rich and big corporations.
Yafet Tewelde is our community champion for a better future in York South-Weston.