Shire Brandi grew up in Toronto’s west end and has been involved in youth work and advocacy with youth from m which are labeled as under-resourced and at risk. Shire is of Somali heritage, and English, Somali, French, and Italian. Familiar with the realities of the African community in Canada, and is passionate about youth issues and providing leadership and empowerment. Shire has worked as a lawyer in both the private and public sectors. He has experience in community building and youth advocacy from volunteering with Toronto Community Housing and the United Nations Association of Canada.