Dr. Mo Rajabally arrived in Kelowna in 1976 from St. Catherines, Ont., to take a position at Okanagan College.
In his earlier days in Kelowna, he served as a soccer coach and was president of the Mission Youth Soccer Association and several voluntary organizations.
He was a member of the board of directors of two licensing boards: The Registered Nurses Association of B.C. and the Practical Nursing Association of B.C. He also served as faculty representative on Okanagan College Board of Governors.
“I have to be an optimistic masochist to have tried so many times to get elected on council,” he says.
“Almost all of my adult life I have fought for the under-dog, and, it is quite an experience to be one! But, I enjoy our democracy and our Charter of Rights and Freedom. Voters decide who they want.”
His favorite politician is Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi because of his authenticity.
Rajabally says Nenshi said at the Southern Interior Local Government Association conference in Penticton: “I really try to treat citizens like they are really engaged in the decision-making that we do and they’re not being told what we are going to do.”
Right now, council has a grandiose project about the Capri Mall, of which he says; “Just think of the traffic mess this will create, not to mention the distractions of 15 buildings of up to 26 storeys. But, if voters like that, so be it. If not, they should get involved early so that the project is a fait accompli.
Rajabally says he’s not a guy who can be intimated, he is someone who speaks his mind and fights for what he believes in. Presently, he is not thrilled with the present council that he feels has spent extravagantly on projects that were not urgent or even necessary.
“Since the 2008 recession, we are not out of the woods yet, but business has been fed so much goodies by council that it could not stop purring. The world economy is in a mess and the end is not near.”