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In the last few messages that Ali sent me this summer, he shared some of his experiences with being ill, recounting them as an adventure tale, with multiple exclamation marks to denote the dramatic moments, but always concluding with reassurance that he was “massively better” and hopeful. Even in such a difficult circumstance, Ali was characteristically positive. He was a person who always lifted others up, offering a hopeful vision, and encouragement to achieve beyond what we believed of ourselves.

I am grateful for every moment of the last four years during which I worked closely with Ali as part of his leadership team at the Beedie School. I am a better person for having known him and will miss his quiet wisdom, his kindness and his friendship.

Ann, Nikisa and Kia – Ali spoke of you always, always with such love. I am deeply sorry for your loss.