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Our People: Ayon Shahed

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Ayon Shahed, St John's, Nfld

Currently the Director of Strategic Development at Choices for Youth, Ayon Shahed is passionate about organizational strategy and exploring the intersection between social justice, community organizations and public policy. Ayon is actively involved with efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. He also serves on the board of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, sits on the City of St. John’s Affordable Housing Committee, and was a founding board member of the St. John's Tool Library. Ayon has negotiated a number of partnerships in areas of youth homelessness, youth employment, mental health, social innovation and affordable housing. In 2015, he was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 Under 40. Previous to his role with Choices for Youth, Ayon worked at Engineers Without Borders Canada; and he holds a Masters in Engineering from Queen’s University.

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