Nuradin Osman

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I just want to let everyone know that while there are negative stereotypes in the media about Somali communities, but there’s a lot of great Somali leaders and peers here that do great work.  They help out the community, come up with initiatives to better our community, and better our people. At the end of the day I just want to let people know that there are good people out here and the good outweighs the bad.

Nuradin Osman, Edmonton-based community organizer

Q: Tell me about your happiest memory.

My happiest memory in Edmonton was actually working with the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) as the liaison-community volunteer and coming up with different strategies and ideas for mitigating violence in Edmonton. We threw a barbecue with the EPS and helped recruit 5 police officers for EPS of minority descent.

It was one of my happiest moments seeing those officers graduate.

Q: Were you born here in Canada?

Yes, I was born in Vancouver.

Q: Is there anything that you’d like to share or address regarding the Somali community?

I just want to let everyone know that while there are negative stereotypes in the media about Somali communities, but there’s a lot of great Somali leaders and peers here that do great work.  They help out the community, come up with initiatives to better our community, and better our people. At the end of the day I just want to let people know that there are good people out here and the good outweighs the bad.”

Q: What do you think is the best strategy for us to bring diverse communities in Edmonton closer together? Like let’s say if someone is part of the non-Muslim community or one of the different cultural communities here in the city, how can we bring them together in unity with our own community?

I think it’s just more so understanding and community pushes… getting out here, talking to one another, networking, and having an open mind, a positive perception. I think that will alleviate a lot of the issues. There are a lot of people that are very conservative, and don’t like change, but there are other people who are open-minded that want to understand, that want to educate…I think that’s the best way to bring everyone together united as a whole.

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