I am Scarborough through and through.

Danny Dilmohamed, Scarborough-Born

Danny Dilmohamed, Scarborough-born and raised, submitted his love letter to Scarborough when the Love, Scarborough campaign first launched in January. We were so moved by his story, he became one of the new faces of the campaign. Here is his story.

I was born at SHN’s General Hospital and currently live in Scarborough. My family has been at the same house in Malvern, Tapscott area since I was a kid, and I am a Mother Teresa High School graduate. Then of course, I went to Centennial College. To me, Scarborough is family. I am currently a Youth Pastor working with youth and reaching out to them through faith, and operate other programs like basketball in the evenings to be someone they can come to when they are in trouble or need guidance. 

Danny poses with his ad in the Globe & Mail

Sports have always been a very important part of my life. Not only do I incorporate them in my work to build connections with youth, but I also personally play high level and high contact sports. One time I was playing football, and had this player fall right on my wrist. I felt the bones crack, but I shook it off and went back onto the field. That night I was in so much pain, and I decided to go to the emergency at Centenary. They admitted me quickly, and booked my surgery a few days later.

I was scared to lose functionality in my hand; to lose such a large aspect of me that could potentially affect the rest of my life was frightening.

I’m so incredibly thankful for the care that I received. It was not just the immediate attention, but also the aftercare and follow-up that allowed me to heal back up to 100%.

It was then that it was ingrained in me that the hospitals are a community necessity and to advocate it for whenever possible. I’ve been to SHN so many times. For my broken bones, for my family members who needed care, and for my father when he was sick. I’ve always received the best care here from all the staff. Scarborough gets a bad rap, but our great hospitals are so important to this community.

To learn more about the Love, Scarborough campaign, visit LoveScarborough.ca.