Somali refugee elected Victoria city councillor in first election he votes in

CBC - For Sharmarke Dubow, a refugee from Somalia, the Victoria municipal elections over the weekend were a groundbreaking day — he cast a vote for the first time and was elected city councillor.

"The first time to cast a vote but also be elected is so overwhelming. For me, this means a lot," Dubow said.

Dubow fled Somalia as a child and lived in Ethiopia and Cairo before coming to Canada. He gained Canadian citizenship last year.

"For 20 years, I did not have a citizenship, so coming to Canada was the most important thing in my life."

Since being in Canada, Dubow has focused his work locally on helping resettle and integrate refugees and other newcomers to Canada with the Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria.

"I bring perspective as someone who didn't grow up here," he told Gregor Craigie, the host of CBC's On The Island.

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