“As someone who loves to give, give, and give I need to step away from the world and take in all that is around me. I feel so connected to being by the waves. My soul feels so at peace just watching the waves come and go. It's my little self-care routine where I take off on my own and head over to Crescent Beach and just hang out by the waves. I practice breathing, reflecting on the bigger picture, and taking the opportunity to reflect on what's going on for me. In order to grow you have to water yourself with lots of self-love.”
Nidha is the Program Coordinator for the Breathing Room, which is a safe and open place for Muslim youth. She is also a Youth Integration Program Coordinator at DIVERSEcity and an Activity Leader at the Surrey Boys and Girls Club. What’s most important to Nidha is being mindfully present with where she is in her life right now. She really wants to push herself to grow and achieve her goals and she also cares that the people around her are happy. Her friends and family are her priority. When I asked Nidha how she would like to be perceived she said, “I just want to be perceived as a human that's trying to help children, youth, and families. Yes, I'm a Muslim. Yes, I'm a female, but what it really comes down to is our humanity. Put all the perceptions aside, as a young Muslim woman I want people to see me for the person I really am, not the portrait of Muslim women that the media has painted.”
What is your favourite hobby or pastime?
Spending time with friends and family over some good food.
What is your favourite quality about yourself?
That I have learned that value of empathy.
What is a fun fact about you that you haven’t told me yet?
I love going to concerts! The atmosphere, the music it just really helps me let go of all that is going on in the world and just be free.