On October 26th 2021, Edmonton Welcomed their 36th mayor to office when Amarjeet Sohi was elected by a wide margin. After previously holding the offices of Edmonton City Councillor and Federal Member of Parliament, he returned to civic politics, this time in the Mayor’s seat.
Mayor Sohi proves that hard work and tenacity pay off as his route to the city’s top job has been a journey with many twists, turns, and other obstacles along the way. Challenges, and how a resilient a person is in overcoming them, are always a factor in achieving success. After adapting to life in a whole new country when he arrived in Canada as an 18-year-old in 1981, Amarjeet Sohi worked as a taxi driver first before switching over to drive for Edmonton Transit.
It was after this that he decided to make the move into politics. On his second attempt at a councillor’s chair, Amarjeet won his first election in 2007 and continued to hold that position until 2015 when he went to Ottawa to serve as MP for the riding of Edmonton Mill Woods. It was the defeat in the 2019 federal election that led to the opportunity to run for Mayor and put his mark on Edmonton.
Mayor Sohi has chosen his favorite charity, Youth Empowerment and Social Services (YESS) as the recipient for all funds collected on behalf of The Streets Initiative for the months of September and October 2022. As he puts it, YESS allows for young people to be empowered to take control of their lives and overcome the hardships and trauma that they have faced.
Any support given to Mayor Sohi and YESS is greatly appreciated!!