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In Loving Memory – Abshir Hassan

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Abshir is SBL family.  His laughter, intelligence, heart, time, and all of the resources he had available to him were given generously to support our work of acknowledging and supporting the genius of youth in Jane and Finch.

 

He was a teacher of the highest quality, and had the love and respect of all of his students, because he loved and respected all of his students.  His commitment in the classroom was rooted in his commitment to community.

 

Not content to only do the important work that comes through one to one connections in the classroom, his pursuit of post-graduate studies at York was focused on bringing forward the experiences of students whose voices and experiences are still under-represented.

 

Supporting the development of Hip Hop Literacy curriculum, adding input and insight to the Somali Student Achievement Task Force, volunteering in after school programs, and going to Raptors games with our students are just some examples of how he lived and breathed his dedication to ensuring that youth have the opportunities and education experiences that he knew he and his peers should have received growing up.

 

At the core of it all, he was excellent.  An excellent friend, brother, son, cousin, teacher, community worker, and academic.

 

As a family, we will carry our work with his heart for youth.

 

Our condolences to the family, friends, students, and colleagues that are devastated by the loss of this brilliant, loving man.

 

Rest in peace Abshir.

 

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  • Michael Torrance - July 8, 2014 reply

    A terrible and senseless loss for the community. My thoughts and prayers are with Abshir’s family and friends in this difficult and very sad time. His memory will be kept alive by the wonderful work of SBL and his friends and colleagues at Westview, who are constantly striving to make the Jane and Finch community the best it can be for everyone, but particularly for the young people.

    Michael

  • Beryl Pilkington - July 8, 2014 reply

    I am shocked and deeply saddened by this terrible news. My heart goes out to all who knew Abshir and who will miss him deeply. His death is a great loss to the community.

  • Isabel Mazzotta - July 9, 2014 reply

    REST IN PEACE, MY COMMUNITY FRIEND!! Your work will never be forgotten!!!!!!!

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  • Kennedid - July 9, 2014 reply

    Inna Lillah Wa Inna Illeyli Rajicuum… To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return…

    Brother Abshir, may Allah SWT Forgive and Have mercy on your soul, Grant you ease and respite, Make your resting place a blessed one, Grant you an abode finer than your worldly one, Grant you entrance to Janaat Al-Firduus…May you Rest in Allah’s Eternal Peace Walaal…Amiiiiiin!

    Kennedid

  • JC - July 10, 2014 reply

    Rest well, brother. As a former teacher in a rough area, I know its challenges, and you met them with competence and humanity.

    May perpetual light shine upon you.

  • Kofi iLLyance - July 11, 2014 reply

    RIP bro, I’m sure you will give back even more in the spirit world.

  • wendy - July 12, 2014 reply

    Devastating that your life and good work was cut short. The world needs more people like you and you have helped create them.

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  • Peter - July 14, 2014 reply

    Peace to everyone who knew this great man. It is such a shame that something like this could happen to such a positive person in our community and our world. My heart and prayers go to all of Abshir’s family and friends including myself. I will miss you dearly. I have such fond memories of you Abshir even though it has been over 8 years since I last talked to you. You will never be forgotten and all the good you have done will not have been done in vain. Your positive and helpful nature will continue to nurture all the kids and adults who you helped. May you rest in peace and witness the precious seeds you planted into our lives turn into bright beautiful things.

    Peter Van Dam

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  • Cil - July 21, 2014 reply

    Gone too soon…Dearly loved and will be missed. .Thanks for the positive impact and love you gave my children. YOU are and always will be that Postive Light that shoned in the community.
    Gone but never ever forgotten. .

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