Shad Qadri has been a community leader, friend and successful businessperson in Ward 6 for over 13 years. Over that time, he has been instrumental in the preservation of Stittsville’s ‘village’ feel while at the same time encouraging and guiding the many positive changes that the community has experienced. Shad has held many volunteer positions and played a major role in many fundraising efforts and other initiatives in Stittsville.
Over the years Shad has represented the community on local school parent councils including A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School, Sacred Hearth Catholic High School, Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School and Holy Spirit Catholic School. From 2000-2003 Shad proudly served as Treasurer and Director of the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.
Shad attended Carleton University studying Urban Economics and Urban Geography. The Councillor was employed with a major food retailer chain for over twenty years in a variety of increasingly senior positions. During this time, he gained valuable business experience in management and supervisory roles both in the stores and in the head office in Toronto. Since 1989, Shad has successfully operated both franchised and independent small businesses. Until May of 2007 Shad and his wife Theresa owned and operated Showbiz Entertainment and Gifts, which was a community mainstay and effectively the Stittsville ‘village store’ for 14 years. The Councillor was nominated for Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year by the Kanata Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and 2006. He was also nominated for Volunteer of the Year for 2006.
Shad was instrumental in establishing the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Goulbourn in 2004 and he was elected its first President. Shad was also one of the founders of the Stittsville Village Association in 2001 and was elected its first Vice-President, a position he held until 2003 when he became the Association’s President. He remained in that capacity until he took a leave of absence in April 2006 to run for Ward 6 Councillor in the municipal election. His tireless efforts, both before and during his tenure with the Stittsville Village Association, have enabled him to contribute significantly to the community through various events and activities.
Shad has been working with, and for, the community for over thirteen years. The Councillor is honoured to be representing residents of Stittsville at City Hall. He has an incredible passion for the community and he knows very well that by working together we will accomplish those things that will continue to make Stittsville a great place within the City of Ottawa.