When Parthi came to Canada with his family as refugees in 1988, they made their first home in Canada at Midland and Lawrence, in the heart of Scarborough Centre. Having parents as teachers, fairness, hard work and dedication to public service were values Parthi learned early on, and it led him to become a teacher himself. He has taught various grades from 3 -8 since 2011.

In 2014, Parthi heard his community calling for transformation at the TDSB, and ran for school board trustee. Victorious in the election, Parthi has since collaborated with his team to increase transparency and integrity, transform senior leadership to be more response to parent communities, and grow equity to ensure all students succeed. He has also chaired the largest standing committee of the TDSB, overseeing all academic and social programming for nearly 250,000 students and 40,000 staff members, and is currently a Vice-President on the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA), representing all 31 English language public school boards in the province.

As a dedicated educator, trustee and community leader who has proven he is committed to serving Scarborough, Parthi will build on the progress the current government has made, while actively responding to the wants and needs of constituents.


Education: As a teacher and trustee, Parthi believes in providing access to the highest quality education to all Ontarians. That means ensuring classrooms and teachers are well-equipped to provide students with the resources and time they need, and that post secondary students receive financial support should they need that to fully realize their goals in higher education.

Healthcare: Parthi know that your family’s health and wellbeing are your top priority. From issues related to access to prescription medication for young adults to hospital care, Parthi wants to work with you to make sure you are supported with all the services you need to lead a healthy life.

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A Voice for Scarborough & Toronto: Parthi has lived and worked in Scarborough for over three decades, and he is passionate about the families of Scarborough and the Greater Toronto area. He will continue to work for a fairer Ontario, where all the voices of Scarborough Centre are heard at Queen’s Park.