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July 11, 2011

Somaliland Youth Alliance Of North America Meets with Canadian MPP David Caplan

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Somaliland Youth Alliance Of North America Meets with Canadian MPP David Caplan


It is part of SYANA’s aim to actively promote its goals and create working relationships with the other organizations and elected representatives in the US and Canada. As part of that goal, Robleh Mohamud Aidid (Lafcanbe) of SYANA met with MPP of Don Valley East, David Caplan.

In his Thursday’s meeting, Mr. Aidid explained the vision and goals for SYANA as well as seeing what the local government can do to help the organization. They discussed the aims and goals of the organization and how the representatives assist SYANA to achieve its objectives and help it make a difference in Somaliland Youth. Mr.Caplan was very interested in the organization’s goals and pledged to give guidance, advice and any support SYANA needs. Not only did this meeting benefit the organization with his support, but Mr.Caplan was briefed about the prositive progress Somaliland made.

Mr.Caplan encouraged Mr. Aidid to continue to educating people about Somaliland and spread awareness. SYANA will continue to keep in contact with Mr.Caplan and will with periodical meetings similar to this one. Mr. Aidid and fellow members of SYANA intend to meet with more local politicians and community leaders and organizations in the coming months.

David Caplan was first elected to the provincial legislature in a September 1997 by-election and was re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007 to serve the residents of Don-Valley East.

Caplan previously served as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in June, 2008.

Under his leadership as Minister of Infrastructure Renewal (since 2003), the Government of Ontario won three prestigious urban planning awards recognizing the visionary Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Caplan led the introduction of Ontario’s first long-term infrastructure investment plan, ReNew Ontario. In 2005, Caplan assumed oversight of key major public assets, including the Ontario Realty Corporation, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, as well as responsibility for Waterfront Toronto. He also served as Deputy Government House Leader.

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