Noormohamed, 34, said the issue he’s hearing about the most when knocking on doors is seniors who are concerned about being able to stay in their homes when their health fails.
“People want a hand up, not a hand out,” Noormohamed said.
He said North Vancouver is a microcosm of the entire country, with a diverse population both in demographics and culture.
“You have got literally every demographic here and you’ve got a very diverse economy as well,” Noormohamed said.
Noormohamed was most recently vice-president of strategy and partnerships for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, an experience that he says showed him what unites Canadians.
“There are so many things we have in common,” Noormohamed said. “We put all of our differences aside when we were celebrating Canada.”
Noormohamed mentioned the Iranian and Filipino communities in North Vancouver as two examples of ethnic diversity there.
Although Noormohamed studied Farsi in university, his family are Ismaili Muslims from East Africa. Noormohamed was born in Ottawa, but moved to North Vancouver when he was in elementary school.