Nigel has a special attachment to this community. While he has lived in other areas of the city since moving here in 2002 to attend school (in fact, the first place he lived in Edmonton was in Pollard Meadows), Nigel has called Millwoods home for some time and lives in Laurel. He has numerous connections throughout this vibrant, multicultural mosaic, and understands the importance of everyone working together for a better community. He chose this area not only because of the vibrant community life, but also because of the proximity to his sister and her husband - and let’s be honest, his nephew - who are the very definition of a modern family, with a son being raised in two cultures and languages (English and Urdu).
He chose to make his initial foray into politics by volunteering as a Campaign Manager in the 2015 federal election in Calgary to stop Bill C-24 (the so-called “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act”) which created two classes of Canadian Citizenship. After the election was completed, he returned to Edmonton to work for the provincial MLA for Edmonton-Mill Creek as Constituency Manager. While he always had strong connections to his community, this position allowed him to connect and build relationships with many people in Ward 12.
More importantly, it helped him build relationships with ordinary people who want to see more accountability out of their municipal government.
After leaving the Edmonton-Mill Creek office, and prior to launching the campaign for Ward 12, he was the lead organizer for the “Hearts for Amber” fundraiser to help raise funds for Amber Athwal, a young girl who tragically experienced brain damage after a visit to the dentist. He helped the family raise over $40,000 towards a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
Prior to politics he worked in marketing as an Account Manager for a local digital marketing firm, and in IT as a Technical Account Manager. He is also learning Hindi through the Alberta Hindi Parishad, and French through the Alliance Française.