AISHA HEYWOOD

My early life experiences helped me to become a focused results-oriented individual who is passionate about my community. The catalyst for my interest in community involvement and my political aspirations began with my mother, who introduced me to volunteerism and community building. Beginning with regular volunteer opportunities at Tropicana Community Services and the local Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, I was eager to be involved with meeting the needs of others. In my teen years, I was exposed to inspiring and professional women who ignited my passion to live a meaningful and successful life. My spiritual journey has also reinforced my early interests and passion in advocating for people.

Upon moving to the City of Pickering, I was immediately compelled to be actively involved in my new place of residence. After seeing a posting for the Pickering Accessibility Advocacy Committee, I joined and remained a member for over seven years. In addition, I have volunteered in various committees within the Durham Children’s Aid Society and currently serve as a Director on the Board.

Representing my community as an advocate enlightened me on the barriers that community members often face: This has resulted in a greater awareness and motivation to use my platform to assist me in removing barriers for individuals to live in a community where equal and equitable supports exist.

Nelson Mandela was quoted as saying “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  My aspirations for a career supporting individuals with exceptionalities led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Toronto. Over the past ten years, my graduate studies have continued to open doors for me to support individuals with brain injury, mental health challenges, and developmental disabilities, as well as their families in hospital settings, in homes, on school boards, and in other community settings. I have extensive experience providing crisis management, behaviour intervention, suicide intervention, counselling and case management.

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My employment history includes the Durham District School Board (Psychometrist), Simcoe District School Board (ABA Coordinator), Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health (Behaviour Therapist), Faculty at Centennial College and Pryor, Linder and Associates (Behaviour Therapist).  I am also the business owner of Aspyre Behaviour Consulting.

I strongly believe that I can represent Pickering and Uxbridge as your next MPP representative. I never believe that the work I do is just a job, but a calling that I take seriously.  I have the skills and experience working with various community members and stakeholders to create positive outcomes for all.

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