Piragal arrived in Scarborough as a refugee at the age of 11 with his mother and brother and moved into an apartment building across from Neilson Park, where he began his life in Canada.
He holds a Masters degree in public policy from York University and works in the public sector specializing in transit planning.
A recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Ontario Volunteer Service award, Piragal is driven by a passion to build up his community. He has served in many roles in charitable and non-profit organizations, including the United Way, the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation and the Canadian Tamil Congress, where he was an outspoken advocate for refugees and New Canadians, promoting inclusion and acceptance of newcomers.
Piragal’s commitment to building Scarborough up earned him a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellowship, a one-year leadership development program.
A city builder, transit expert and grassroots community organizer, Piragal wants to put his experience to work for the people of Scarborough — to give back to the community that first welcomed him as a New Canadian and help it thrive for commuters, for families and for seniors.