“I truly apply myself whole-heartedly in everything I do and always put forth my best effort. I always leave people with a smile on their faces knowing that they can count on me and I will not let them down.”
Lila is 19 and a full-time economics student at the University of Northern British Columbia. She also volunteers at her local mosque in Prince George, BC, the Canadian Cancer Society, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada. When she is not doing that, she loves spending time with her loved ones, reading, going for walks, participating in the university debate society, and competing in academic business competitions. Her proudest achievement is winning the Prince George Youth of the Year Award in 2017, which recognizes one youth annually for their extraordinary dedication to their academics, school, and community through volunteerism. She told me, “It was never an award that I personally worked towards, which makes getting the award so much more meaningful. I love volunteering, helping others, being a role model for those around me and creating a positive image of Muslims. There is nothing that makes me prouder than being a ‘hijabi’, being recognized for my hard work in my community, and defying negative stereotypes of Muslims. I want to encourage other young Muslims to be proactive in their community and show others the true peaceful face of Islam.”
Where is your favourite place to find yourself?
“There are many places that I enjoy being at. Being with family and loved ones brings me great joy and comfort. I also enjoy university and the many places I volunteer at including my local mosque, the Canadian Cancer Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada.”
How do you want to be perceived?
“I would like to be perceived as intelligent, strong, resilient, patient, approachable and compassionate.”