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Shahina Siddiqui,L.LD

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Shahina Siddiqui,L.LD

Shahina Siddiqui,L.LD. is a freelance writer, author, spiritual counselor, speaker and educator. Shahina has been working for decades in build bridges between faith and cultural communities, to help preserve human rights, develop cultural competency and mutual understanding. Shahina is originally from Pakistan and has lived in Winnipeg since 1976. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English hon. and Philosophy from St Joseph’s College, University of Karachi.

Shahina Siddiqui,L.LD. is a freelance writer, author, spiritual counselor, speaker and educator. Shahina has been working for decades in build bridges between faith and cultural communities, to help preserve human rights, develop cultural competency and mutual understanding. Shahina is originally from Pakistan and has lived in Winnipeg since 1976. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English hon. and Philosophy from St Joseph’s College, University of Karachi.

Shahina co-founded Islamic Social Services Association in 1999.  She founded the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute and is one of the founding members of Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute. She also co-founded the Interfaith Council of Women – Manitoba. Is founding member and chair of the Federation of Canadian Muslim Social Services.  She has served as faculty for Global College Summer Institute 2013-2015.

Shahina has been invited to many national and international forums to speak and educate. Shahina has presented as keynote speaker on both local and national conferences on varied topics.

Currently she serves as:

  • Voluntary Executive Director of Islamic Social Services Association, Inc.
  • Serves on the National Advisory Board for the Canadian Association for          Muslims with Disabilities
  • Is a member of the National RCMP Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Diversity as well as on the RCMP Commanding Officers’ Advisory Committee on        Diversity- D-Division
  • Senior board member- the National Council of Canadian Muslims
  • Chair – Islamic History Month, Canada.
  • Founder and chair- Federation of Canadian Muslims Social Services

 

Shahina has been recognized for her work including:

  • 2002: YMCA-YWCA (Winnipeg) Peace Medal – for her work since September 11 in fostering understanding between Muslims and other religious and cultural groups in Winnipeg.
  • 2009: ISSA-USA For years of outstanding Leadership to Islamic Social Services Association
  • 2010: Grass Roots Women of Manitoba Award in recognition of her social justice activism and her life’s struggle for justice.
  • 2011: Manitoba Federation of Non-profit Organizations IN Recognition of meritorious Service
  • 2012: Recognition by ICNA Sisters Canada for her years of dedicated and selfless service to the Muslim community.
  • 2013: Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada
  • 2014: Recognized by South Asian Women for her contributions to cross cultural understanding.
  • 2014: DawaNet ‘Civic Courage Award for her outstanding service to civic engagement in Canada
  • 2015: Joan Melanson Award to honour her commitment in working for peace
  • 2016: Tayyibah Taylor Award in appreciation as a successful woman in leadership and incarceration issues.
  • 2016: Canadian Red Cross ‘Humanitarian of the Year’
  • 2017: RCMP Commanding Officer’s Appreciation of her dedication and expertise in recognition of her expertise, dedication and professionalism in support of the RCMP and various community and cultural diversity programs.
  • 2019: Honourary Doctorate of Laws – University of Manitoba
  •  2016/ 2019: Named as one of 100 ‘what is special about Manitoba’ – Winnipeg Free Press
  • 2019: featured- Manitoba Museum Wall of immigrants who have enriched Manitoba
  • 2020: Jinnah society International-Jinnah Award for outstanding Community Leadership
  • 2020: ISSA-USA In Appreciation for generously giving in uplifting mental health and social Services in North American Muslim community 

 Shahina has been profiled in magazines, newspapers and books. Few of these are:

  • 2004 “We Chose Canada” – Eleven Profiles from Manitoba’s Mosaic by Lesley Hughes;
  • 2010 “Leading by Example,” The Prime Times,
  • 2012 “Courageous Crusader,” Winnipeg Women,
  • 2013 “Words To Lead By”, by Leadership Winnipeg;
  • 2014 “A Place to Call Home” by Canada West Foundation; Sheila O’Brien and Shawna Stirrett.
  • Manitoba 150 commemoration – Places and Faces: book by The Nellie McClung Foundation