“I feel alive in my classroom where we are birthing a new Canada.”
Seemi is a 52 year old classical Arabic teacher at the University of British Columbia. Seemi’s favourite place to find herself, logically, is in a vibrant classroom or lecture hall. But she also adores snuggling up in a quiet nook with a book, being curled up with her family (especially her children), walking along the Pacific Ocean, or being in the hush of a quiet mosque or Sufi shrine with soul friends. She also has a great passion for writing, speaking, and singing. Seemi performs Western art songs, aria, musical theatre, and folk. She also performs Muslim devotional songs in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, and recites the holy Qur’an. Seemi told me she would like to be perceived as “transmitting the gifts that I have received from my elders, teachers, and friends.” And that what’s most important to her in life is to “live love and allow love to be lived.”
What is a fun fact about you that you haven’t told me yet?
I have played the role of 'fairest of fair' English maiden in five Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
What is your favourite quality about yourself?
I am joyful, loving and inquisitive.