“Once I believe that a cause is just, I will do all I can to support it.”
Amira is 40-year-old digital communicator in Canada’s union movement. With her extensive experience working as both a journalist and advocate, she says she’s happy to be now working in a sector that has strong traditions of standing up for justice, including economic justice. Amira says she believes the path to action starts with knowledge and education. She exemplifies this in her everyday life - some of her proudest moments are “successfully challenging the former Conservative government on its constant fear mongering and stereotyping of Muslims,” as well as “successfully working with an incredible group of community allies and advocates to confront racism and Islamophobia in the York Region District School Board.” When I asked Amira what’s been her most challenging experience , she shared her feelings about having to respond to negative news stories. “I remember when news would break that would once again negatively implicate our communities and initially feeling weak, sick to my stomach, and extremely anxious about what to do and what to say. There were moments where I literally felt a significant weight that I couldn’t remove, and which I couldn’t actually articulate to those around me – the weight of wanting to explain that Islam is actually a profoundly beautiful faith while also recognizing how frustrating it feels to constantly be expected to condemn violent extremists while other communities do not because of the unfair suspicion that we frequently face. I would want to be brave and calm in those moments, to represent our communities’ with dignity and wisdom, even while I would be shaking inside.” Amira told me her biggest hope is that her children will one day “understand why I worked so hard as they were growing up.”
What is one thing you know for sure?
"Swimming in a lake will reduce stress – every time!"
What is your favourite hobby or pastime?
"Picking up the Weekend edition of the Globe and Mail and taking the week to catch a few moments here and there to get through the feature sections."