Beisan Zubi, NDP Candidate for Kitchener Centre, is launching her campaign with a pledge to do politics differently.
As a former political staffer and current social responsibility consultant, Zubi knew her own political campaign had to create an inclusive and accessible foundation. Her campaign’s Social Responsibility Pledge includes (so far) a Buy Local policy, ethical purchasing guide, COVID safety policy, anti-harassment policies and emphasis on trainings, including two Bystander Intervention sessions offered by the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region, as well as a campaign fund where 20% of funds raised are dedicated towards accessibility and inclusion.
Beisan Zubi, a proud Palestinian Canadian, is a community builder and a passionate community volunteer. Since opening her small business as a social responsibility and communications consultant in 2019, Beisan has worked with local government, nonprofits, and startups. She lives in Downtown Kitchener with her rescue dog, Luna.
At a Launch Event to be held on Tuesday, June 29th at 6pm EST, Zubi will be sharing her socially responsible election campaign pledge as well as all the details about the Kitchener Centre Listening Tour and information on how you can get involved. The event will also feature a special campaign music video cover song by members of K-W folk band Onion Honey, as well as Meet Beisan: A Personal-Meets-Political conversation hosted by the Balsillie School and Vintage Black Canada’s Aaron Francis.
Zubi knows the last year has been full of change for all of us in so many ways and wants to hear from everyone in Kitchener Centre— NDP voter or not— about how they are doing.
“That old saying ‘you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been’ is so true,” said Beisan. “I know the last year has affected us all in different ways, so I want to take this time to listen to Kitchener Centre. I want to hear from as many of you as I can and meet you where you are— distanced for now— so we can build out a better plan for action and change.”
The Listening Tour includes live listening sessions grouped by big issues and neighbourhoods on Wednesdays and Fridays starting July 7th, bookable phone calls from Beisan beforehand, a phone number residents can leave a callback voicemail or text, email and print-based contact channels, and “anything else we can do that allows the residents of Kitchener Centre to have their voices heard by us.”
Beisan got her start in politics and community building while working for the late Jack Layton on Parliament Hill. She describes her time working in Ottawa as “an eye opening experience” which motivated and mobilized her to help change in how politics are done.
“As a young racialized woman, I was sexually harassed, ignored and underestimated. I also witnessed other young women experience such treatment— and worse. Changing our sexist political culture is so important to me,” said Zubi.
Beisan Zubi is an active member of the local community. She was nominated in 2019 for Young Professional of the Year by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, and in 2020 for the Arab Women of Waterloo Region Awards. She sits on the Sexual Assault Support Centre Board and was the Kitchener Public Librarian in 2018. She ran for Waterloo Regional Council in 2018 and founded the Get On Board initiative, a nonprofit Board of Directors matching program in 2020. In 2021, Zubi also developed an equitable communications guide for City of Kitchener staff.
Zubi and her campaign are not afraid to make the right call: “We are ready— and we know it means we have our work cut out for us,” she promises. “We will be brave, honest and inspired when we share our vision for a better future and a political system where disability or insecurity and other forms of oppression are no longer barriers to political participation.”
For more information:
226-773-9093 (text messages only)
Beisan Zubi (she/her)