Muslim Community Fellowship Design Team

Aniqa

Aniqa grew up in Karachi and has lived in Vancouver since 2012. She is a life science professional and her research focuses on HIV/AIDS molecular biology and epidemiology. Her passion to engage with the community has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and mentorship roles. She helps immigrant and refugee families become self-sufficient and adjust to life in Canada. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and reading.

Halah

Halah Zumrawi is a biotech business professional working on developing oncological therapeutics at a local startup. As a volunteer, she is the Program Coordinator of the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services' SHIFAA program, a project that seeks to address the biopsychosocial-spiritual needs of substance users affected by the opioid crisis. Halah hopes this fellowship will empower local Muslim youth to lead lives rooted in spirituality and possibility. She’s going to miss watching #67 play for the Whitecaps! Halah always makes time to read, cultivate her love of languages and be near the ocean.

Fatima

Fatima is a scientist in the field of antibody discovery at one of the fastest growing startups in BC. She's worked in the healthcare and biomedical research field for 9 years across multiple countries. For the past 7 years she has been volunteering in various capacities with local organizations and agencies that build community and support vulnerable youth, immigrants and refugees. She's had the privilege to travel and experience twenty countries, which has fuelled her passion for global health and social justice. Fatima loves to read, paint, and fill free time with good food.

Asad

A reflective practitioner, Asad offers workshops on Restorative Justice and Compassionate Communication in prison, university & community settings. He was chosen as the 2018 Contemplative Social Justice Scholar by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, USA. Asad dreams of living in a community where contemplative practices of diverse heritages and traditions are welcomed. He is an active board member of Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice and Salish Sea Empathy Society. Asad is a new settler on Coast Salish territories of Muslim and South Asian heritage. Currently, he struggles with two addictions - coffee and basketball.

Shameela (Pronouns: She/Her)

Shameela Zaman grew up in Ontario and moved to British Columbia less than a year ago. She is a social worker with the Fraser Health Authority. In the past, Shameela has worked alongside self-identifying Muslim women and women of colour to co-create spaces for safety, creativity and resilience. When she’s not stressed about paying off her student loans, you will find her reading books by folks of colour, searching for the perfect donut (Cardem’s takes the lead right now!), discovering new hiking trails or dabbling in new art forms. She also loves watching reruns of the Mindy Project.

Marta

Marta recently graduated from law school at Dalhousie and is completing her articling term at a large multinational corporate law firm. For the past 8 years she has volunteered in various capacities with organizations that support the resilience of vulnerable sectors through outreach and education. She’s particularly passionate about mental illness and anti-racism advocacy. As a first generation Polish revert, she is committed to working with communities to increase allyship and take ownership of privilege. During her undergrad, Marta saved money to solo backpack through over 40 countries (her favorite are Bosnia and Japan). She’s obsessed with her two “exotic” cats, flea markets, tea and Beyoncé.

Aslam

Aslam is a South African-Canadian Muslim, husband, brother and son new to unceded Coast Salish lands. He has a background in planning, political science and philosophy, certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement and currently leads community engagement initiatives at SFU’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies. He is also a faculty member at InnerActivist, co-host of the RADIUS SFU Fellowship, past ASRI Fellow, CommonPurpose alumnus, participant in CityHive’s 30Network on Civic Engagement and has been engaged in building community, hosting dialogues and reflecting on the links between decolonial practices in Vancouver and South Africa over the last 2 years. He also enjoys stand-up comedy, hip-hop, gymnastics and a good book.

Nada

Nada is a Libyan-born Palestinian who came to the unceded land of the Coast Salish people just over 10 years ago. She currently oversees the refugee and new Canadian support programs at SFU. She enjoys her work with newcomer students and is passionate about advancing equity work on campus. Nada is also involved in other programs and initiatives such as Beyond Borders: Refugee Livelihood Lab at RADIUS, The Inner Activist, and Fresh Voices Initiative of the Vancouver Foundation, which offers a way for racialized youth across B.C. to engage in dialogue and action to identify and remove barriers to their success. Nada is pursuing Master’s in Equity Studies in Education at SFU. In her free time, Nada enjoys playing, watching and talking about football (soccer).

Doaa

Doaa Jamal is a freelance graphic designer and photographer. Her professional expertise lies in creating dynamic visuals for individuals and organizations eager to understand their identity through the power of colour, shape, and symbolism. And through the scope of her lens, she captures small moments in time to create big expressions of personality. Each of her portraits is a welcome window for endless stories and emotion. Between projects, Doaa experiments with Arabic calligraphy and type, mixed media fabrication, and travel photography all from her point of practice in Vancouver, BC.

 

Nabila

Nabila Hussein is an advocate of equitable education and has focused her career around achieving this objective. After receiving her master’s degree from the University of Oxford, Nabila spent four years developing curriculum on conflict transformation for the United Nations, UNICEF and US Department of State funded programming. After designing resources that responded to local needs in Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Tunisia and Sri Lanka, Nabila returned to Canada to work as an Associate Director at WE Charity. In her capacity with WE Charity, Nabila works with schools across Western Canada to bring service-based learning into the classroom.