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Trustee Bio


Zakir Patel is the Toronto District School Board Trustee for Scarborough-Guildwood: Ward 19. He was elected in 2018 and is the first Gujarati of Indian descent to be elected in Ontario.

For the last 25 years, Zakir has lived and worked in Scarborough. He is an award winning realtor with over 15 years of success in residential and commercial real estate. He also owns an enterprise of distribution services which has over a hundred employees.

His passion is to serve his community connecting families through resources such as delivering basic necessities and helping with navigating various government services. He has worked tirelessly for various community groups and causes across Scarborough.

Zakir’s work as a trustee has been focused on youth empowerment and maintaining safe and healthy schools. He believes access to adequate nutritional programs and extra-curricular activities are essential to student development. He consistently strives for equity in our schools and committed to speaking out in the interest of students, parents and faculty.

He encourages parents, students and residents to meet with him regularly at his office in Scarborough-Guildwood.