From youth activist to journalist to business executive to community leader, Paul Ferreira has the practical experience, youthful energy and positive solutions the people of York South-Weston need from their Member of Parliament.
Paul devotes himself to improving our community. From a young age, he has been active with numerous non-profit groups and social service agencies, making a positive difference in the lives of many. Currently, he is a director of Sojourn House, Toronto's only housing facility for refugees.
Professionally, Paul is an integral member of the management team at a national business intelligence firm, where he oversees two departments with a multi-million dollar budget. In 1996, he graduated from Carleton University's prestigious School of Journalism.
Paul is also a seasoned and savvy political organizer who managed a campaign office for Mayor David Miller. He chaired the Toronto organizing committee of Jack Layton╣s leadership campaign and served as national vice-president of the NDP╣s youth wing.
Like the majority of York South-Weston residents, Paul is an immigrant. He was born in Portugal and speaks fluent Portuguese. In 1979, he and his family arrived in Canada with little more than two suitcases and dreams of a better future. These humble roots gave Paul a fierce sense of determination and a desire to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or financial circumstance, is given the same opportunities to succeed that he was fortunate to receive.
Paul and his life partner, Tim Gernstein, have lived in Toronto for the past five years.