Originally born in Trinidad, I moved to Canada in 1971 and have been living in Scarborough ever since. My favourite thing about Scarborough has always been it’s diversity. To me, Scarborough is home, and I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live.  

 I began teaching at Centennial College after owning a successful travel agency, worked at an organization that facilitated medical conferences worldwide as well as taught night school courses at a private college. 

I feel that Scarborough acts as a solid foundation to nurture the success of many. Often times when people reach a level of success in life, it is easy to move away and forget their roots. I believe it is important to pay homage to the community in which they grew up.  

I have dedicated time to the SHNF for the past 8 years, and I am the Silent Auction Co-Chair for the Annual Sip, Shop & Celebrate event. Living in a community I love so much, I think it’s important to help with the challenges our hospitals face. All places have obstacles, and on some level, Scarborough has a lot more because of our demographic. To me, community is all about giving back if you’re able to do so, which I luckily have been for years.  

I am no stranger to the exceptional level of care SHN provides to its patients. When my husband had a heart attack, he was treated within a minute and a half of us arriving. At SHN, you know they will care for your loved ones with a level of compassion and expertise.  

People sometimes put down Scarborough and our hospitals, but they don’t recognize the conditions under which the medical team work. At SHN the staff effectively navigate limited funding, failing infrastructure and staff shortages. Despite all these challenges, the care is always exceptional and compassionate.  

Our hospitals and the communities we serve deserve so much more. In order to do this, we need the generosity of everyone in the GTA, for the collective good.  

Annisa Mohammed is one of our 11 new faces of the Scarborough Sans Family. To learn more about our campaign please visit LoveScarborough.ca