"Growing up I was actually clinically shy. It wasn’t until high school when I attended a leadership workshop, that I was able to really harness my confidence, skills and communicate at a different level. Growing up as the eldest, as a second generation Pakistani-Canadian female, it was challenging. I think what’s helped has really been growing into and discovering my identity - to feel confident in my skin has been important to be able to do what I do and help others get there as well."
"How old are you?" “Twelve." "What do you like to do for fun?" "I don’t know. Play with my friends." "What do you want to be?" [Mother, grandmother and sister whisper excitedly from behind the camera]: “A pharmacist!" "Why in pharmacy?" "I don't know, I want to help people.”
"I don’t know want to get political. I don’t like the mentality of my community. I was married young and divorced young. I felt ashamed, and traumatized about what society thought of me after that. I struggled a lot. But I finally came out of that phase, with God’s support. I feel like now I stand with confidence. Like, I’ve been divorced and I accept it. I mean, the Prophet married women who had been divorced. Now I walk into community events with a different mindset. I don’t care what people think anymore."
“Have you thought of re-marrying?”
“Maybe when I’m 40 [laughing]! I’m happy now, and I want to empower myself as a single individual first before even thinking about that.”
On Wednesday evening, leaders of local mosques and Muslim organizations came together to draft a statement in response to the recent tragic events which took place in Ottawa and St. Jean-sur-Richelieu.
"This is a very precious time for the entire Muslim community but it’s also very special for me and my family. It’s an opportunity to contribute. To contribute just a little more. I always try to give a lot, but it’s always good to give a little more. Alhamdulillah two of my kids are volunteering here today."
I want to make a new biomedical device that’s not available anywhere. I’m trying to work on non-invasive blood pressure modelling, to do something optical instead of those cuffs, something you can wear that will tell you your blood pressure. That’s what I’m researching and maybe I’ll wind up making something like that.
What gets you excited? Space exploration, legos and silent films. Why? Space exploration, no explanation needed. Legos, because I love to build things and put things together. Silent films really make you appreciate the cinematography.