Announcement: Tahmeed Shafiq joins Future of Good as a reporter on community transitions and resilience

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Stories of community resilience are all around us — from the mutual aid circles that have gotten many of us through the pandemic to artist groups creating spaces for expression and belonging, land defenders protecting communities’ homes, tech experts building digital cooperatives that connect people, and so much more. 

The last three years have also brought into sharper focus the many gaps in support for building more resilient communities across Canada. Economic and social systems had put some populations — people of colour, women, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, for instance — at a disadvantage even before the pandemic began, and COVID-19 along with inflationary pressures have only exacerbated the gaps.  

The stakes are high, and the social impact world needs access to trusted, high-quality insights and analysis about what it takes to build resilient communities, and the changemakers creating solutions. 

That’s why Future of Good is excited to announce that Tahmeed Shafiq (he/him) has joined our team of reporters, to cover community transitions and resilience. Tahmeed’s editorial fellowship is funded by Co-operators, who have supported this coverage at Future of Good for two years in a row. Last year, through this fellowship, we covered the state of friendship post-COVID, efforts to save Quebec’s last standing Chinatown, the Indigenous tourism industry’s rapid growth, and much more. We’re thrilled to continue this coverage, once again with Co-operators’ support.

“At the heart of our purpose – financial security for Canadians and our communities – we’ve cultivated a deeply rooted commitment to community resilience,” says Shawna Peddle, associate vice-president of citizenship at Co-operators. “Through exciting partnerships like Future of Good, we can help to catalyze sustainability and resilience in communities across Canada and beyond, investing in fresh perspectives and insights that critically examine the issues, trends, challenges and opportunities in our midst. “

Shawna Peddle, associate vice-president of citizenship at Co-operators​

Tahmeed is a CAJ award-nominated Toronto-based journalist and editor. His work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, TVO, and The Local. His attention is often directed at where technical reporting and the human experience meet. His is also a co-recipient of the 2021 Mark Rosenfeld Fellowship for Higher Education Reporting to investigate the national scope of student deaths by suicide in Canada’s postsecondary institutions. He got his start at The Varsity at the University of Toronto.

“I’m thrilled to have Tahmeed join the Future of Good team, and to continue this essential coverage of the social purpose work happening at the grassroots, community level. Our social purpose journalism is incomplete without it,” says Kylie Adair, Future of Good’s editor. “I can’t wait to read the stories of resilience Tahmeed uncovers.” 

Please join us in welcoming Tahmeed to the Future of Good team.

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