Ali Duale has been acclaimed as the Liberal candidate for Halifax Armdale and will represent the Nova Scotia Liberal Party in the next provincial election. Due to COVID-19, the nomination meeting was conducted virtually.
In 1991, Ali and his wife fled their home in Somalia due to the civil war. After spending seven years in a Kenyan refugee camp, they came to Canada to build a better life for their family. Since 2004, Ali has worked for the Halifax Regional Fire Department as a firefighter and spent time as the fire department’s Diversity and Community Liaison Officer. Ali’s inspiring story has been featured at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as a testament to his hard work and dedication to build a new life for him and his family.
“I’m honoured to be the Liberal candidate for Halifax Armdale,” said Duale. “This community has been there for me, and now I am ready to give back.”
Ali has devoted his life to the community by advocating for a mosque and a community centre that provides a place for his family and neighbours to gather. As a father of eight, Ali has been a strong ally for youth and coordinated a free basketball program for immigrant youth at St. Andrew’s Community Centre as well as a swimming program at the Canada Games Centre. Ali has been involved with a number of community boards, including the Maritime Muslim Academy Board.
“Ali’s story serves as an inspiration to all Nova Scotians,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “I am very pleased that he has put his name forward for Halifax Armdale and I know he will serve the people well.”