"Working Together for a Welcoming Community"
Mo Jeng's Story
Momodou S. Jeng commonly known as Mo first came to London in 1988, from The Gambia, as an international student to complete his PhD in Social Demography. After his studies, he decided to stay and make London his home. He found it “safe and ideal for raising a family.”
As a researcher, Mo has spent a great deal of time trying to understand the challenging situations of London’s newcomers. He is dedicated to supporting London’s efforts to build a strong and engaged labour force while ensuring new Londoners’ employment needs and aspirations are taken into account. He raises awareness and advocates for inclusion and integration of newcomers in London’s economic development. Mo believes it is important that London attract and retain global talent which helps the city grow. “Together we can build a strong London with no one left behind.”
Mo is a co-founder of the African Canadian Federation of London and Area (ACFOLA). ACFOLA works to tackle barriers to employment, engage in community outreach, and partner with institutions like the MTCU, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, PILLAR, WIL and London Community Foundation.
Mo also serves as a member of the Community Data Research Committee, which promotes the use of data to inform social planning and policy in London and area. He supports all efforts to significantly reduce the high unemployment and under employment of African Canadians and minority groups in London and area. He advocates for awareness creation on local issues. Mo actively volunteers with the LMLIP Education Sub-Council, where he supports community efforts to foster diversity and social inclusion in the realm of education. “London has excellent educational opportunities, there is something for everyone.”
Mo has watched London grow and change over the past 25 years. He has seen it evolve and progress into a diverse and culturally rich city. “I love London and so does my entire family. We are very proud of it as our home and destiny.”