My name is Pranav Bakaraju and I’m a young professional renting at 38 Dan Leckie Way in the CityPlace neighbourhood. I’ve lived in Cityplace for over 2 years now, moving here from Waterloo after receiving an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University where I specializing in Human Resources and minored in Economics.
As an immigrant from India, I always felt fortunate for my mom’s career that brought my family to North America. After she lost her job and we lost our home during the 2008 recession, I came to believe that business and society have a responsibility to improve our economic system so it benefits everyone, not just wealthy shareholders and executives. I started my career working in a Risk Management Leadership program in the Financial Industry, working on anti-corruption and compliance teams. While learning about financial regulation, I also volunteered at a homeless shelter in Toronto, in an effort to give back and learn more about what we can do better as a society.
Seeing a turbulent political climate with Donald Trump getting elected and Doug Ford running, I was fortunate to run into Chris Glover, the provincial NDP candidate at the time, at a streetcar stop. I found him inspiring and found myself volunteering on an election campaign for my first time, eventually leaving my job to work with Chris when he was elected as a Member of Provincial Parliament. Currently, I’m his Legislative Assistant at Queen’s Park where I help him analyze policies and how they would affect the Spadina-Fort York community and consider what legislation we should bring forward on behalf of our constituents.
I am an optimist and an idealist, and I believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to succeed in life. I think Toronto is most vibrant, diverse city in the world, and I’m proud to be a member of this community and strive to use my skills to help my neighbours. I have a wide range of interests, from live music to yoga to the Raptors of course, and I think that would help my connect with Cityplace residents. Whether it’s building relationships with people, advocating for our community’s issues, or bringing vital information to our neighbourhood team, I believe I have the skills and values to help make Cityplace a more welcoming neighbourhood for all.
I am excited to put my name forward to run for a Board of Director position with the Cityplace Resident’s Association.