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I am saddened by the news. Ali was a gentle leader who was a strong advocate for inclusivity. He truly made an effort to get to know everyone and let them know that they are appreciated, that is so rare in the fast-paced world we live in today. Every Christmas, right before the break, a card with a customized message and a piece of chocolate would magically appear on my desk. I remember one year, Ali saw me down the hallway and came out of his office to personally hand me my Christmas card. I have all of them neatly stowed in a box and they will be cherished forever. I will also miss Ali’s updates for Beedie. I diligently watch each and I always look forward to the end of the video as he will always add in something silly, fun, and unexpected.

My sincere condolences to the family, Ali was a beacon of light and he will be deeply missed.