Helping build a better life for everyone
Photographer: Shawn McPherson, 2011
When Wusooq Khaleeli moved from Pakistan to Canada with his wife and children, he had an easier immigration experience than many other newcomers. Despite having to face all the difficult challenges that come with moving to a new country, he knows that it could have been much harder.
It’s because of this understanding that Wusooq’s very aware of the support newcomers need when making their way in a new city—and it’s why he has been dedicated to giving back not only to United Way Toronto, but to other United Ways in the various cities in which he’s lived.
Today, as an employee of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Wusooq is a Leadership donor who is active in his workplace’s fundraising campaign for United Way Toronto. He’s happy to have the opportunity to participate because of the work he sees United Way doing in his new community.
“I think that we, as a community, need to look after our most vulnerable citizens,” he explains. “I get that both from what I’ve learned from my faith and what I’ve learned living in Canada. I think the combination of those two factors have had a very powerful influence on me, reminding me of the importance of helping those who weren’t as privileged as myself.”
Wusooq’s generosity means that United Way Toronto can do even more to make a difference in the lives of those in need, including newcomers looking to fulfill their promise in their new country. By providing financial support to the agencies working on the forefront of change, United Way Toronto is helping individuals in our city move toward a life full of possibility. Together, we’re meeting urgent needs in the short term, such as providing food and shelter, but also in the long term by addressing the root of social problems facing our communities.
It’s this support of our community that motivates Wusooq to give to United Way. He appreciates that his donation goes toward creating opportunities for a better life for everyone in Toronto. “I think it brought it home for me, just how difficult it is, not just for immigrants, but for all those who don’t have the benefits and the advantages that my family does. It’s the opportunity to help others that really drives what I do.”