Hello, I'm Michael
TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY
The tragedies of life do not determine your path; you can overcome all of life’s obstacles and triumph. I am a living example that when tragedy strikes, together with persistence and resilience, triumph is possible.
My father died in a tragic workplace accident when I was only two months old. I never had the opportunity to call him “Dad”. I missed out on meaningful memories that some of us take for granted as children. Those simple, ordinary bonding moments between a father and son were taken away from me.
When I was sixteen years old, my mother became ill. I will always remember the day I went to school and came home to learn that my mother had passed. Her condition worsened and at sixteen years old, I became an orphan.
To this day, I have cherished the compassion my uncles, aunts, and community members showed me. It was during this period of my life that I knew I wanted to give back to people and communities. I want to share the grace others have shown me and hopefully inspire positive change in my community. Triumph in Tragedy is part of my life.
To learn more about who I am and my accomplishments, please continue reading below. Although I do not know all the answers and frequently reflect on the “whys” of life, I continue to look forward and strive to overcome my tragedies with triumphs.
Michael Farquharson is a Husband, Father, Volunteer, Coach, Community Advocate, Board Member, Director, Award Winner and City Councillor Candidate.
Michael and his wife, Denise, will be celebrating twenty-four years of marriage this December. They migrated to Canada in March 2004 and have called Brampton home for the past 15 years. Together they have three children; their first is Johanna (19 yrs) who is attending the University of Ottawa, for Psychology and French; their second, Jasmine (13 yrs) who is an aspiring WNBA player and their third, James (6yrs) who will be attending his first year of grade school this September. Family is life to Michael, and he values every moment with them. In Michael’s downtime, he likes to be with his family in any role that builds connectivity, educate himself on historical events and science, watch a good action movie, play his favourite sport (soccer) or watch his favourite team play (Liverpool).
Michael was a member of the National Planning Committee for an amalgamation of community organizations, which organized a Virtual Telethon across Canada. This Telethon raised much-needed funds to assist community members who became vulnerable due to the COVID19 pandemic.
Michael has appeared on the Brian Crombie talk show for Sauga 960 AM as a panellist discussing why zero gun violence is achievable and anti-black racism in Canada.
Michael was the host of the Page Turner’s Book Club of the JunCtian Network in November 2021. He had the opportunity to interview Steve Anderson, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Shelburne, Ontario and the first black lawyer employed by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). The book review focused on the Deputy Mayor’s book titled “Driven to Succeed” where the author highlights his struggles and how he overcame them to become the success he is today.
Michael helped to coordinate and organize the Men’s Day March in November in partnership with the Deputy Mayor of Toronto and the Toronto Police Services. The march focused on highlighting the importance of black fathers and celebrating their roles in the community.
Michael was awarded the Man of Excellence Award in 2021 by the JunCtian Network for International Men’s Day for being an outstanding voice and role- model in the community who supports local organizations and other community leaders.
Michael has appeared on the Charles Matthew Jr. Show for Father’s Day 2020. The episode focuses on celebrating fathers and Michael discusses everything that fatherhood entails, including all the ups and downs.
Michael is the president of the Saint Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) Canada Alumni Association where he leads the Executive Council and other members in organizing events to give back to the current students attending his alma mater through fundraisers and donations. For example, through the Association, he has coordinated the collection and distribution of non-perishable food items in partnership with a local food bank in Brampton. During the Christmas season, he has contributed gifts and cards to a local long-term care home in Brampton. Through these actions, STATHS Canada brought joy to the residents during the heart of the global pandemic.
Michael serves as a Board Member at his local church for the past nine years. He has served in many other positions, including Special Project Coordinator, Couples Coordinator, Youth Teacher and Usher. He also led an outreach program as Head Soccer Coach in the Rexdale area for over 16 years.
For the past 18 years, Michael continues to work at an International Transportation company. He has worked in many departments with increasing responsibilities. He was awarded the company's highest and most prestigious honours on two different occasions for Canada and the United States of America. Apart from his main responsibilities of collaborating and getting consensus from different stakeholders across multiple sections and operations, he served as one of the Co-Chair of the company’s Inclusion Council for all of Canada.
Michael Farquharson was raised in the capital city of Kingston, Jamaica. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Saint Andrew Technical High School. Michael was awarded a full scholarship to study in the United States of America at Fox Valley Technical College and received a Technical Degree in Quality Improvement Processes. He furthered his educational pursuits and graduated from DeVry University with a Degree specializing in Computer Information Systems. Michael also holds certificates in Supervisory and Records Management.
Michael’s life motto is Honour, Diligence, and Service, which he applies to every aspect of his life; treating everyone with HONOUR, being DILIGENT in every situation and SERVING everyone, no matter their status in life.