“Having a conscience is the most important thing for me in a person. It is important because if you have a conscience, you will be refraining from doing a lot of wrong things. If you have a conscience, you will be compassionate towards others. Following the “Golden Rule” – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Shaheen is an active community member in Pointe-Claire, Quebec who feels her life’s purpose is being at service. Being 70-years-old, she calls herself a “busily retired person.” She spends her time reading, sewing, playing sports, exercising, and concentrating on nutrition (she makes all her meals from scratch), but she told me her favourite pastime is volunteering. Whether it be driving folks around, preparing meals for those who aren’t able, or raising funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the MS Foundation, she loves dedicating her time to the well-being of others. Shaheen has won a community award from her local member of parliament for her outstanding service and contribution to Canada. When I asked Shaheen how she would like to be perceived she told me, “as a good HUMAN”. My father described to me when I was a little girl, what being HUMAN meant: Helpful, Unassuming, Magnanimous, Amiable, Noble. If I can be perceived as a HUMAN, I shall be happy.”
What is a fun fact about you that you haven’t told me yet?
"I do not like to hide things. I am who I am, I am an “Open Book” so I have told you everything about myself."
Where is your favourite place to find yourself?
"My favourite place is wherever and whenever I am surrounded by my family (friends are included with my family too)."