Mir Sayeed Sultan
President and Founder
Mir Sayeed Sultan, a true volunteer among us. His philosophy is simple: a little can go a long way and together we can change the world. Mir a Canadian since 1989, has always nurtured the objective to serve humanity as good as one can.
His desire to help those in need can be traced to his adolescence. As a young boy, growing up in India, Mir formed a group of fellow students who would go to remote villages distributing clothes and teaching the use of disinfectants to poor villagers. As a teenager, Mir was elected to be the leader of World Scout Jamboree. His leadership endeavors continued through college where he represented his peers as the general secretary of the elected students union.
Mir had a very successful business and entrepreneur career both in Canada and UK. His business interests have trekked an interesting path but have always showcased his leadership abilities. In the early 60s he was actively involved in the UK fashion industry. He was extremely successful in launching new fashion lines and introducing new trends. A reputed UK magazine, The Drapper Record published an interview with Mir documenting his achievements in the UK fashion industry. In early 80s he helped MITEL of Canada, a leader in voice communication software, to win back a tender, worth millions of dollars for telecommunication equipments and services, which had originally been awarded to a U.S. company.
Soon after arriving in Canada, Mir got involved in community service. He realized it quite early that, there was no place for Muslim community members to worship and to have social gatherings. In 1991, with great efforts, Mir with support from some community members was able to establish a mosque and community centre at Coopers Avenue in Mississauga for religious and social activities. I
n 2003, he formed the United Family of Neighbours a group of homeowners, residing between Mavis rd. west and Terry Fox rd. Members of this group were involved in a dispute with their home builder. From past experiences, Mir realized that they would be stronger as a group, and thus, personally represented their case to the City of Mississauga. The settlement of the dispute between the builder and the owners did materialized and brought great benefits for the residents. The bond thus created among neighbours, also encouraged regular meetings and brought the neighbours closer to each other.
Mir has strong ties to the mosque on Coopers Avenue and this has become his base for UCEC, United Caring Establishment of Canada. UCEC is a volunteer-driven welfare organization representing all Canadians. UCEC has among other activities, organized career fairs for Canadian newcomers, shared concerns about several issues affecting newcomers with government representatives, and is also planning to work with local police to peacefully resolve family disputes in the area. The organization has several active projects in the community and more importantly, has the vision of implementing several projects in the future that will help to ensure the happiness and safety of the residents in the diverse community of Mississauga.
Mir volunteers to give back, to make a difference, to make this world a better place. Under the umbrella of UCEC he is working tirelessly to strengthen our community, to help assimilating new Canadians into an already diverse Canadian culture and to break down barriers of fear and misunderstanding among diverse segments of society. There is a lesson in it for all of us. We should quit the role of a mere spectator and find something we can help with, anyone anywhere. All of us should join hands with him and help him making UCEC a true Canadian success storey.