“Positivity is not only my reflex in daily life but it also effects everyone around me. With my positive attitudes, I attract good luck and attract others to be around me.”
May is 52, a settlement worker, certified interpreter, property manager, and general contractor. She also volunteers her time extensively as a member of the BC Mosque Association and Vice President of Haqq Education & Resource Services. She doesn’t stop at that- she actively helps within her community, volunteering her time as a marriage and parenting counselor, to being a support group worker for Syrian refugees, and as a clinical interpreter at Counseling Center for Immigrants and Refugees. Her proudest achievement is seeing the smile on the faces of the Syrian refugees she has helped, especially in one instance where she helped a Syrian widow with a disabled child settle in Victoria. This experience is what moved May to want to help other newcomer women to feel empowered while settling into their community, which is what she is doing with Haqq Education & Resource Services. When she is not spending her time helping others, she loves doing gymnastics, swimming, painting, writing, or being by the water which takes away the stress of her days. May told me her favourite quality about herself is how positive, honest, generous, and giving to others she is. She told me one thing she knows for sure is, “my strength and my hard work showed me that I can make a difference in other people’s lives.”
What is something that inspires or motivates you/ or an inspiring message you would like to share?
“Due to my flexible and adaptable nature, I love working within fast moving and changing environments where I have many opportunities, experience new things and meeting new people. I’m a very keen and intellectual learner, and this type of environment keeps up my interests and attention.”