From Vaughan to Hodan: Ontario School Named after Late Muslim Journalist

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A public school board for the Regional Municipality of York in Ontario has decided to rename a secondary school after a late Somali-Canadian journalist who dedicated her life to telling positive stories.


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Formerly known as Vaughan Secondary School, the school will now bear the name of Hodan Nalayeh.

Somali militants gunned down Nalayeh in 2019, sparking grief around the world. But her work on highlighting the beauty of her homeland became even more poignant. 

“It is with a heavy-heart and with a deep sense of gratitude that we accept the community’s recommendation and in turn the York Region District School Board’s decision to rename the school in question with Hodan’s name,” Nalayeh’s family told CBC News in a statement on Tuesday night after the vote, CBC reported.

“With it, comes a tremendous responsibility to uplift and support all students, their families and the communities they are a part of whether local to the school or across our great region.”

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Hodan Nalayeh dedicated her life to telling positive stories from a country suffering through decades of civil war, extremist attacks, and famine.

BBC Somali’s Farhan Jimale, who was a friend of Hodan’s, described her as a “bright star and a beautiful soul who represented the best of her people and homeland”.

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