Meet Francis Aranha

Francis's Story

Jovial, Hardworking and Dedicated, is how I can describe myself in a nutshell. I was born in a rural community in India and grew up in Mumbai city, where I graduated in Hospitality Management. My father served the city of Mumbai as an engineer for 35 years, building his career by studying at a night school. His notable words were “To succeed in life, you need a strong foundation. Quality education is the only way you can conquer your dreams”. Furthermore, my dad also instilled in me a love for knowledge, and I keep pushing myself to learn more about people, cultures, leaders, and other ways to improve myself. Growing up, budgeting was very crucial, as we had to manage all our expenses within a $400 monthly income in a big city. Life taught us real practical lessons, which gave us the strength to face all odds and not be afraid to tackle obstacles, that others might find impossible to overcome.

 As a first-generation immigrant, moving to Calgary and as a newcomer to Canada, brings back memories of the struggle it took to get here. From toiling as a dishwasher/janitor to working in the office for the biggest catering company in the industry, I have come a long way. My motto is to seize the moment and go with my gut instinct, because you live once, and I intend to make an impact towards my community.

 This past year has been particularly tough for a lot of us, our friends and families have suffered more than ever due to Covid, which resulted in stricter restrictions and an economic downturn. I would like to help those struggling with illnesses, depression, job losses, and loss of business. Personally speaking, I have been affected by the pandemic as well and have hit rock bottom. This inspired me to put myself out there and look at this as an opportunity, to follow my passion, make a difference and build us back as a stronger community. Being perpetually optimistic, I believe there is always light at the end of the tunnel, but you must ride through darkness.

My wife Iona and I are proud to be raising our daughter Karissa in this beautiful city. As a resident of Ward 2 for over a decade, we feel our city is vibrant, culturally diverse, and economically thriving, with shared prosperity in arts, culture, community centres, library, and green space. We together look forward to a vision towards better sustainable living.

"I am committed to advocate for those, whose issues are not being represented or heard, collaborate with others to find creative solutions in the best interest of our city, and continue building a community that respects diversity, values inclusivity, and ensures all feel welcome and heard. If I am your elected official, I would just be a phone call away."

What I Love About Calgary

Calgary is a vibrant city, with a diverse population, constituting people from different walks of life. I love meeting different individuals and getting to understand what they need as a support system, to succeed in this great city of ours.

How I Intend To Accomplish

I would like to help my ward residents at the micro-level, by offering better youth empowerment and communication, while building better communities with responsible fiscal spending and governance. 

Why I Decided To Run For Council

I strongly feel that elected officials should be public servants, who should always think in the best interests of their constituents. As a first-generation immigrant, I have worked my way up from the lowest level, understand people at a grass root level and know what they need to succeed. I’m of the school of thought that communities don’t make people, it is the people that make communities. Community living has always been a part of my core values and I now believe, it’s time I give back to the people of Ward 2, by making their voices and concerns heard loud and strong at City Hall.

Volunteer & Community

Francis’s Active Volunteer & Community Work

I am very passionate about volunteering and giving back, these are some of the places I have the pleasure to volunteer with:

Veterans in Calgary, (Vets Angels, Col. Belchers)

Active donor and advocate for Calgary Blood Services

Calgary Food Bank

Centre of Newcomer’s to Canada (The LGBTQ + Newcomers Settlement Support Program)

Member Army Cadet League of Canada

Generations, Multi-Generational Housing and Community Centre (Aga Khan Foundation)

Board Director with Calgary Marathi Association

Ex Board Director- Evanston community

Our Lady of Grace School

Active Parishioner with the Archdiocese of Calgary

Knights of Columbus

Habitat for Humanity