Vota Por Tus Top 25 Inmigrantes Latinos Destacados En Canadá! – ایرانیان بیشتری را در لیست بیست و پنج مهاجر برترکانادا وارد کنید
Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award is an annual campaign that recognizes outstanding immigrants who “have come to Canada and have made a positive difference living in the country”. First launched by Canadian Immigrant in 2009, the program takes place online, and nominations are open to all Canadians. The program is divided into three phases: Nominations, Voting, and Winners Announcements.
At the start of each year, Canadian Immigrant invites nominations based on a variety of criteria, which range from contribution to community to professional accomplishments. The award is open to immigrants from all walks of life, be it a community advocate or volunteer, a successful entrepreneur or a cultural icon. A judging panel composed of, leaders who work within the immigrant or ethnic communities determine the shortlist on which the public vote.
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Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award est une campagne annuelle qui reconnaît les immigrants exceptionnels qui “sont venus au Canada et qui ont fait une différence positive vivant dans le pays”. Premièrement lancé par Canadian Immigrant en 2009, le programme a lieu en ligne, et les candidatures sont ouvertes à tous les Canadiens et Canadiennes. Le programme est divisé en trois phases: Nominations, Vote, et Announcement de Gagnants.
Au début de chaque année, Canadian Immigrant invite les nominations fondées sur une variété de critères, qui vont de la contribution à la communauté pour les réalisations professionnelles. Le prix est ouvert aux immigrants de tous les horizons de la vie, que ce soit un défenseur de la communauté ou un bénévole, un entrepreneur à succès ou une icône culturelle. Un jury composé de dirigeants qui travaillent au sein de l’immigrant ou les communautés ethniques déterminent la liste sur laquelle la publique vote.
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Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award es una campaña anual que reconoce los inmigrantes pendientes “llegaron a Canadá y hacen una diferencia positiva de estar y en el país.” Lanzado por primera vez por Canadian Immigrant en 2009, el programa se lleva a cabo en línea, y las nominaciones están abiertas a todos los canadienses. El programa se divide en tres fases: Nominaciones, Votaciones y Anuncio de Gagnants.
Al comienzo de cada año, Canadian Immigrant abre la convocatoria en base a una variedad de criterios, que van desde la contribución a la comunidad por sus logros profesionales. El premio está abierto a los inmigrantes de todos los ámbitos de la vida, ya sea un defensor de la comunidad o un voluntario, un empresario exitoso y un icono cultural. Un panel de ejecutivos que trabajan en el inmigrante o comunidades étnicas determinar la lista para votación pública.
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جایزه ۲۵ مهاجر کانادایی برتر ، عنوان کارزاری سالانه است که هر سال به همت مجله ” مهاجر کانادایی” و با حمایت مالی بانک آر بی سی کانادا برگزار می گردد
این مجله همهساله و از سال ۲۰۰۹ با همکاری بانک مذکور توسط هیئتی از برندگان پیشین، هیئت تحریریهٔ مجله و فعالان کمک به مهاجرین، فهرست مقدماتی ۷۵ نفرهای را از بین نامزدهای معرفیشده به این مجله اعلام کرده و برای گزینش ۲۵ مهاجر برتر به رأی عمومی میگذارد. از معیارهای اصلی گزینش در لیست اولیه، فعالیتهایی چون کارآفرینی یا فعالیتهای اجتماعی عامالمنفعه مهمتر از بقیه هستند
در مرحلهٔ رأیگیری عمومی هر فردی از داخل کانادا میتواند سه کاندید مورد نظر خود را انتخاب نماید و نهایتاً در پایان ماه ژوئن فهرست ۲۵ مهاجری که بیش از سایرین رأی آورده باشند اعلام میشود
اخیرا فهرست ۷۵ نفرهٔ نامزدهای گزینش ۲۵ مهاجر نمونهٔ سال ۲۰۱۶ اعلامگردیده است
در سال جاری نام هفت مهاجر ایرانی تبار و شش مهاجر لاتین تبار در این لیست به چشم میخورد که امیدواریم با رای تمام مردم فارسی زبان و لاتین تبار ساکن کانادا ، تمامی این سیزده نفر برنده شده و در لیست نهایی ۲۵ نفر برتر کانادا در این سال قرار گیرند
بانک آر بی سی، حامی رسمی و مالی این گزینش، به نمایندگی از هر یک از ۲۵ مهاجر انتخابشده مبلغ ۵۰۰ دلار کمک خیریه میکند. رأیگیری برای گزینش ۲۵ مهاجر برگزیدهٔ سال ۲۰۱۶ تا پایان روز سیزدهم ماه مه در وبسایت مجله مهاجر کانادایی بصورت آنلاین( در این لینک) قابل انجام خواهد بود . با توجه به اینکه هر فرد می تواند به حد اکثر سه نامزد رای دهد و محدودیتی در رای دادن افراد خانوار وجود ندارد، به تمام فارسی زبانان کانادا توصیه می نماییم سایر اعضا خانواده خود را که دارای سن قانونی شرکت در رای دادن آنلاین با ایمیل شخصی خود هستند، و نیز دوستان ، همکاران و آشنایان ایرانی تبار و حتی غیر ایرانی خود را – چنانچه خودشان دارای نامزد بخصوصی نیستند- به رای دادن به حد اکثر ممکن افراد از این لیست هفت نفره ایرانی و شش نفره لاتین تشویق نمایید تا از این فرصت استراتژیک برای تحکیم موقعیت سیاسی اجتماعی فرهنگی اقتصادی خبرگان جامعه یک میلیونی کلمبیران کانادا به تفع همه ما به نحو احسن استفاده گردد
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Barajas, Francisco Javier- Mexico
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
About Francisco Javier Barajas
Born and raised in Mexico, Francisco Javier Barajas began his post-secondary education at the Autonomous University State of Mexico in the faculty of psychology, where he earned a diploma in industrial psychology, while at the same time he worked to obtain a certificate as a bilingual cultural teacher. During his time in Mexico, he worked for the State Labor Department of Mexico implementing training manuals programs for corporations. Prior to his arrival to Vancouver in the summer of 2002, he lived in Chicago, Illinois, since 1988, where he earned his ESL certificate from Truman College. He began working as a librarian for Truman College, helping numerous ESL students. Barajas helped more than 52,000 people from all over the world to apply for U.S. citizenship as a naturalization manager for the United Neighborhood of Chicago and developed a bilingual engineering program at the Richard M. Daley College with the University of Puerto Rico. As a special project manager for the Board of Education of Chicago, he helped to implement the 'Parent Involvement' program in the schools around the diverse neighbourhoods. While in the U.S.A., he became involved in the Latino community as well in the LGBTQ community where he helped and volunteered for diverse groups and organizations in many capacities. He was a board member for Diverse Communications, the first gay radio station in the U.S.A. and for Project Vida a Latino Organization. In 1998 to 2002, he became advisor council for the Mayor of Chicago in LGBTQ Latino issues as well for the Illinois State Attorney's Office. As president of ALMA, a Latino organization, he worked to obtain their not-for-profit status and got sponsorship grants for their programs from the city of Chicago and Washington, D.C. Once in Vancouver, Barajas started his own interior design firm, TIPS Interior Decor, Inc. In addition, he helped to implement Spanish classes and computer classes for seniors at Dunbar Community Centre. He also participated in various positions – public relations, vice-president and president – for the Mexican Business Association of Canada helping the organization to revive after been closed for two years. He was also a board member of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. The examples of his community involvement and volunteerism are numerous. He was just recently being appointed to the Cultural Communities Advisory Committee at the City of Vancouver and as well part of the Civic Asset Naming Committee in Vancouver. He has also, over the years, made significant personal contributions and has helped increase fundraising for organizations like Flamenco Rosario or Vancouver Latino American Film Festival (VLAFF). He has proactively met with consuls from different Latin American countries for the past 20 year in Chicago and in the City of Vancouver to develop new initiatives like Mexico Fest with the Mexican Consulate to celebrate the Latino-Mexican Culture. In 2013, he started a new project the Spanish Community School and he was pivotal to the creation of the Mexican Talented Global Network of BC (2014). He help organized the annual Mexi-Can Forum and became part of the board of the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre (VLACC) (2012), an initiative to build a cultural centre in Vancouver. He is also founder of the Mexicans Living Abroad Advisory Committee Association (2014). Barajas has being nominated for the 10 Most Influential Latinos in Canada, City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence in the category of diversity and inclusion, and received recognition in 2014 by the Institute of Mexicans Abroad by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2015, he received an Inspirational Latin Award from Latincouver.
Caxaj, Alfredo – Guatemala
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
Alfredo Caxaj is well known in Ontario for his musical talents. In 1995, Caxaj founded the not-for-profit organization Sunfest, and remains its executive and artistic director today. Sunfest is a community arts group dedicated to promoting cross-cultural awareness and understanding of the arts across a range of disciplines, such as music, dance and the visual arts. Through Sunfest's World Music & Jazz Concert Series and free admission annual summer festival, Caxaj is able to celebrate brilliant music and dance ensembles representing diverse cultures from around the world. The Sunfest music festival has grown over the last two decades into one of London's largest attractions, and is the second largest music festival in Canada. It brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city each summer, and has featured a who's who of Canadian musicians, like Samba Squad, Le Vent du Nord, Amanda Martinez and Jesse Cook. After arriving to Canada, Caxaj worked at London's Cross Cultural Learner Centre, helping other new Canadians. It was there, working with people from around the world, that he envisioned a festival featuring the world's best musicians. He joined forces with Herb Bayley, and Sunfest was born in 1995. Caxaj also contributes to the Juno Awards global committee, is a juror at the Ontario Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. Caxaj is also a musician who runs a 13-piece Latin ensemble focused on Latin jazz, a quartet, and the world fusion group, Antler River. In November 2013, Caxaj was honoured on a list of 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians. This was the first time that someone from his home country of Guatemala was given this honour. In addition, Caxaj was named by The London Free Press as one of the city's 150 most influential individuals. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Esmaeilpour, Keighobad (Kei) – Iran
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
Keighobad (Kei) Esmaeilpour studied electrical engineering in Iran, at the Isfahan University of Technology. He then studied biomedical engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, concurrent to pursuing a project management certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). After a few years of working at the University of British Columbia as a biomedical engineering technologist, he became technical adviser to Doctors Without Borders; he serves as a technical adviser for electrical and biomedical engineering in the Netherlands, Uganda, Myanmar, Jordan, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. In addition to his focus on his engineering career, Esmaeilpour has dedicated a lot of time to volunteering in his community, in particular for his Iranian community. He founded the Civic Association of Iranian Canadians (CAIC), an association for encouraging immigrants to get familiar with Canadian social-political democratic life. During past elections, for example, CAIC, co-held all-candidates' meetings in West and North Vancouver, Burnaby and Tri-cities. The task was done in collaboration with five Iranian, one Kurdish and two Chinese community non-governmental organizations. His last campaign encouraged citizen participation in the last election with the message that, "Voting is much more important than who you vote for." He also helped increase awareness about bullying amongst youth by having CAIC produce a 57-minute educational video titled 'Stop Bullying' for young students and their parents. He presented part of the winter course 'Demystified Iran' at Capilano University Elder College (in West Vancouver) in collaboration with G.V. Counselling and Education Society for Families. In addition, he was a former board of directors' member of the Iranian Engineers of BC and is a board member of Farhangian Educators Association. He has also volunteered with the city of Burnaby through the Traffic Safety Committee. In everything he does, he provides leadership to community development, immigrant integration, Canadian values introduction and worldwide volunteerism. A recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to our community, Esmaeilpour is an active member of the Canadian community and is constantly finding a way to talk about democracy, participation in the Canadian society and human rights.
Espitia, Esperanza Sánchez – Colombia
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
Internationally known human rights photojournalist Esperanza Sanchez Espitia has enriched Canada, thanks to her spread of human rights awareness and teachings of indigenous culture through her photography. Known internationally for her persevere defense of the First Nations culture, her work has been recognized and shown by the United Nations. Two decades ago, Sanchez Espitia did extensive self-financed field work research on the cultural, anthropological and ancestral aspects of 84 indigenous groups of Colombia. Since she arrived in Canada as a political refugee from Colombia with her two children, Sanchez Espitia has promoted her work with a photographic exhibition named, 'In the footsteps of the myth.' It has achieved international recognition and has been exhibited in many galleries in Canada and around the world, such as Colombia, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, United States and Panama. Sanchez Espitia loves to teach through her photographic exhibitions and lectures at diverse academic and cultural institutions across the country and around the world about the many issues that First Nations people face in the world. She is a spokesperson of the importance of an ecological philosophy of life where all living species respect the guidance of Mother Nature. Sanchez Espitia aims to show the beauty of the indigenous world through her photos, allowing us to reflect in an educational way of some of the wrongs of our current economic behaviours. Sanchez Espitia also shares her photographic expertise to local newspapers such as Montreal Hispano, El Chasqui Latino, Nexus in Victoria and The Eastern Door in Kahnawake, Quebec. As a single mother, her focus has always been on her children. Today, her son, Edward, a graduate of McGill University (bachelor's) and University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland (masters), is working as a financial manager for Sun Life Financial. Her daughter, Juliana is a novelist and works alongside her mother as a freelance media assistant. Currently, Sanchez Espitia and her daughter are launching a new media website to promote positive news in Montreal.
Haddadi, Azita – Iran
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
Dr. Azita Haddadi received her doctor of pharmacy and PhD in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Edmonton in 2003. Her postdoctoral fellowship was on cancer immunotherapy in Prof. John Samuel's laboratory, University of Alberta. "I had the privilege of working with many wonderful mentors in my life, one of the best was Dr. Samuel who developed a cancer vaccine, STIMUVAX licensed by Merck, which is now in phase III clinical trials. While I was working for him on this vaccine at Cross Cancer Institute, watching the hope that vaccine brought to cancer patients inspired me to make a difference in cancer treatment," says Haddadi. At the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Haddadi's group works on novel approaches for cancer treatments. They developed a novel vaccine that could educate the immune system in cancer patients to eradicate the cancer cells and prevent the tumour recurrence. In another avenue they have created a nanocarrier for chemotherapy medications that targets the drug directly to tumor cells with minimal compromise on healthy organs and tissues. This will add a new tool to the physician's armamentarium in Canada in the fight against cancer. Her invention in collaboration with Quest PharmaTech Inc. was patented by the U.S. and is going to enter clinical trials. This approach was able to show more than 85 per cent survival rate in cancer treatment. Dr. Haddadi's research contributes to a healthier Canada, her new home; and eventually a healthier world community. The world market for these novel treatments is estimated to be several billion dollars, which will significantly benefit the university as a holder of the intellectual property, as well as the Canadian economy. Dr. Haddadi takes her role as a leader very seriously, inspires and mentors her group members with significant dedication, working side-by-side with the students clocking in long hours. She strongly encourages other researchers and students particularly immigrants to strive for success; and endeavors to provide new opportunities for them. In addition to her strong research commitment, she also carries a heavy teaching duty at the university and serves in administration and several committees. Dr. Haddadi has won a number of grants and awards for her outstanding contribution to cancer research from national and provincial agencies including Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Terry Fox Foundation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Saskatchewan Health Research and Foundation. She is gaining significant momentum in developing a world-class program in cancer therapy. She is an internationally recognized researcher and has been invited for speeches around the world. Dr. Haddadi is also a mother of two young children and even if nds the time to be involved in voluntary work and board member activities. She has always been a major supporter of fundraising activities for Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Terry Fox Foundation. She credits most of her achievements to her family's love and support and says, "Contribute to the society, work hard and be positive and passionate about what you do."
Izquierdo, Christians – Cuba
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
Christians Izquierdo is co-founder and CEO of DevFacto, one of Western Canada's leaders for process integration on the Microsoft and Apple platforms for the government, energy, mining and construction verticals. Arriving in Canada with two suitcases and little English, Izquierdo launched DevFacto during the worst economic downturn in the last 80 years without borrowing any money. Under his leadership, DevFacto has grown from zero employees and $29,000 of revenue in the first year of operation to 115 employees and more than $14.7 million in revenue for the current year. He has been able to expand the company operations to the Middle East, Europe and the United States. This growth has been achieved without borrowing money and with no outside investment during a harsh economic landscape that saw most of DevFacto competitors shrink or go out of business. Izquierdo has successfully established DevFacto as a 'new age' company. It has managed to retain 98 per cent of its workforce and has introduced novel programs to motivate and ensure a proper work-life balance for its employees. It achieved seventh place in the Alberta's Top 50 Fast Growth Companies by Alberta Venture Magazine and 36th place in the 'Profit 500 List' by PROFIT Magazine. To give back to the community, Izquierdo has supported many charities, including the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada and the Stollery Children's Hospital. An active kayaker, he has run casino nights for his local kayaking club and taught kayaking lessons at his local kayaking club. He also enjoyed being involved with the Latin American pavilion during Edmonton's Heritage Day Festival. Izquierdo was chosen as E&Y Prairies Entrepreneur of the Year – Professional/Investment Services in 2012, and Small Business Owner of the Year from the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce in 2010. He was also chosen as one of 10 Most Influential Hispanics in Canada (2011) and one of the Top 40 under 40 in the City of Edmonton (2012).
Nouroozi, Amitis – Iran
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
Amitis Nouroozi holds a master's degree in architecture from Tehran University in Iran, and has worked in both design and city building contexts for more than 10 years. She immigrated to Canada in March 2013 and, despite challenges of language, she rapidly adapted to the cultural differences and the working environment of Canada. She currently works for Henry Schein Canada as a planning and design consultant. Professionally designing dental clinic offices all over Canada gives her the opportunity to extend her design experience by focusing on health care projects. Being passionate in both community and urban development, she has combined her skills to make Toronto a better place to live. Soon after her landing in Canada, she got involved in volunteering in a range of front-line initiatives including 100in1day, Open Streets Toronto and 2 for Toronto. Nouroozi has also contributed in many city-building efforts with various not-for-profit organizations such as Jane's Walk. In her first year of immigration, she took part in 100in1day Toronto, a citizen-driven festival in Toronto on 2014. There Nouroozi presented her urban environmental intervention idea on Yonge Street sidewalks between Finch & Sheppard, called 'Just Draw a Circle.' Her idea was to ask passersby to chalk around cigarette butts on the ground to draw their attention to the detrimental impacts of such a human behaviour on our built environment. Through this activity different discussions were brought up by people about how each individual can have a positive role to make the city a better place to live. The power of this idea grabbed huge attention in the community and she was invited to CBC Metro Morning to talk about her idea. In her second year of immigration, she took part in Sharing Thanksgiving Dinner, which is another community building initiative in Toronto. In the first year of her immigration, she applied as a guest and just one year later, she applied as a host to welcome other newcomers by sharing Thanksgiving dinner in her home. In January 2015, CBC Metro Morning invited a number of community leaders including Nouroozi for an on-air initiative called 2 for Toronto, where people were asked for two ideas on improving their community and making it a better place to live. Currently, she is developing one of these ideas with United Way through the Action Neighbourhood Change program to bring change to one of the priority neighbourhoods in Toronto. This project will engage residents (new immigrants and long-term residents) on how they can take a role in shaping their neighbourhood. Through a series of workshops, she is working with new immigrants and helping them to get connected with the established residents through a walking tour in the neighbourhood, community mapping and storytelling. Further, as a chair of community council at Jane's Walk, Nouroozi has a big desire to engage different neighbourhoods by promoting walking tours and educate walk leaders in every corner of the city, at all times of the year.
Rad, Nasser – Iran
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
Nasser Rad is the CEO and President of AUTORAMA, Preowned Car Dealership, located in Toronto. Rad was born in Iran. He studied pharmacy at the University of Tehran and moved to Canada in 1991 as a refugee and became a Canadian citizen in 1998. He started studying science at the University of Toronto, but could not continue due to having obstacles that many new immigrants encounter when they start their journey such as finding job and learning the language. Dropping out of university did not stop him from moving forward to a bright future, so he decided to join the business world. After taking some small business courses, he tried a few small business ideas but none caught his interest. In 2000, being always passionate about cars, he graduated from Automotive Auto Contact with a certificate in auto sales and from Wye Management's Automotive Career Center and Georgian's Automotive Business School of Canada with a certificate in used car sales & management. He then started working at a few dealerships for a short time to be familiar with the industry, but he soon realized that the used car industry needed a lot of changes, so he started his new adventure with a completely new and different vision. In 2001, being on a mission to be different, transparent and successful, he started AUTORAMA, Preowned Car Dealership, as a small operation with one employee and minimum inventory with a goal of giving customers best automotive retail experience. He became a pioneer of many positive and great changes in the industry and raised the bar higher each time that he achieved a goal. He believes that in order to achieve success in the highly competitive industry, there must be an intense focus on being excellent. Customers are his priority, cars are his passion, and matching the customers with the right car is his mission. Today, AUTORAMA is one of the largest preowned car dealerships in Toronto with more than 50 thousand square feet of indoor showroom and more than 200 high-quality cars and with more than $20 million in annual sales. AUTORAMA has been consistently ranked the best in the industry. Rad has been the proud recipient of Top Choice Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; and winner of ReadersÕ Choice Award in 2014 and 2015 for the Best Used Car Dealership in Toronto. He has also been a proud member of the Used Car Dealer Association of Canada and the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council since 2000. Being a successful entrepreneur was not the only goal that he wanted to achieve in his life. Rad had a vision to change and truly believed that whether that change is in your business, industry or community, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can make a positive impact, inspire others, and make a difference in people's lives. Giving back to community has always been part of what AUTORAMA does as a company, but in 2015 Nasser took a different approach. A strong believer that life is all about give and take, he initiated the 'Care to Share: Free Car for People in Need' program to show his gratitude and lend a helping hand through the language he knows the best: cars. He and his team started reaching the community directly with a goal of making a difference 'one car at a time.' This new initiative has brought a smile to many faces since 2015 and he is working hard to set an example for others in the industry to follow so together they can help more families in need. Rad is a proud Canadian immigrant who considers Canada a land of opportunity and he is deeply grateful to be citizen of this great country. He believes every good citizen adds to the strength of the nation and together they can make a better country and a bright future for the next generation. He is happy of where he is at now and trusts that the best is yet to come!
Rahimi, Kobra – Iran
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
A second year law student at Robson Hall at the University of Manitoba, Kobra Rahimi lived in a refugee camp in Iraq and experienced the effects of war firsthand, which informed her passion and sense of accountability to make this world a better place. Prior to entering law school, Rahimi obtained a medical administrative assistant degree, and a bachelor's of arts degree in criminal justice. Rahimi came to Canada at the age of 15 with only a second grade education. Going from Grade 2 to Grade 9 in a different country, with a completely different language, was a huge challenge, which Rahimi overcame. Within two years, she had learned to speak English and was able to catch up on all the years of education she had missed. After graduating from high school, she had dreams of attending university, but was faced with another challenge: in 2007, her father and three relatives were shot at by U.S. soldiers in Iraq while on their way to her brother's wedding. Her father sustained multiple gunshots, resulting in him being in a coma and hospitalized for months. At that time, Rahimi had worked for several years (sometimes working two jobs), with the goal of saving money to attend university. However, all her savings went to hospital bills and medications for her father back in Iraq. In 2009, she was able to finally attend university. Despite working full time, Rahimi was able to graduate with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Winnipeg. This gave her hope that if she could graduate with a degree that she could go onto doing something bigger. It was this desire to make a difference in peopleÕs lives that led her to attend Robson Hall, Faculty of Law. After graduating from the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute (CMLI) in 2013, Rahimi was appointed as the recruitment chair. The program helps young Muslims develop critical thinking skills, facilitates self-discovery and helps build cross community connections. Rahimi hosted and organized a discussion between Muslims and Mennonites, to allow both communities to get to know each other in the hopes of erasing any stereotypes and misunderstandings that may exist between the two communities. Rahimi also organized information sessions to encourage young Muslims to attend this six-month leadership program that aims to nurture future leaders within Muslim communities across Canada. In the summer of 2015, after learning that the people of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation had been removed from their traditional land without access to clean drinking water due to a dam that was built by the City of Winnipeg, Rahimi led an initiative to bring together faith communities to bring awareness to the matter and to urge our governments to respond to this injustice. Their efforts to bring awareness to the Shoal Lake issue involved the organization of a large demonstration, a fund raising campaign and writing letters to politicians. This initiative helped push the different levels of government in Manitoba to support the building of a road to the community, to create access to clean drinking water and to the outside world. Since May 2015, Kobra have been the social events coordinator for the Muslim Student Association on campus. Since September 2015, Kobra have been a co-vice president of the Aboriginal Law Students' Association and also co-president of the Migration Law Student Group. Through her involvement with the Aboriginal Law Students' Association, she hopes to create awareness and understanding of aboriginal issues in our city.
Sabzevari, Aminollah – Iran
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
Aminollah Sabzevari works as Crown counsel with the Department of Justice Canada in Edmonton, Alberta. He articled with the Department of Justice, after completing a clerkship with the Provincial Court in Calgary. A successful young lawyer, Amin is also an active volunteer, mentor, and athlete. He makes a positive impact on his community. Sabzevari immigrated to Canada from Iran as a young child. He remembers how it was like first arriving in Canada and the friendship and support provided by fellow Canadians. After he learned English, his first volunteer position was as a translator for other ESL students in his class. Sabzevari grew up in North Vancouver, where he volunteered for the Recreation Commission and the Harvest Project. During his studies at the University of British Columbia, he volunteered for the Safewalk program, the Speakeasy program, the International House and the UBC Hospital. He worked as a residence advisor for several years, helping both domestic and international students living on campus. Sabzevari was very involved in intramural sports, captaining teams and winning championships for soccer, ultimate frisbee, squash, badminton, and flag football. He also excelled in academics, earning scholarships and working as a research assistant for the dean of the law faculty. For his community involvements, Sabzevari was a recipient of the prestigious British Columbia Community Achievement Award. Sabzevari completed a master of laws in health law at the University of Alberta. His graduate studies were supported by a Law Foundation of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship, the Honourable N.D. McDermid Graduate Scholarship, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Health Law, Ethics and Policy Training Program. Sabzevari volunteered with the campus Safewalk program and in outreach programs to students and the community with the faculty of graduate studies. He worked as a residence advisor and was elected the first president of the Graduate Residence Student Council. While at the University of Alberta, Sabzevari captained an intramural ultimate frisbee team and won several intramural and club squash tournaments. While Sabzevari currently works as a lawyer, he has a science background and has volunteered for the past eight years as a science fair judge for regional science fairs in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. He judges individual projects for general awards and participates in committees that determine external scholarships. He enjoys judging at science fairs for the opportunity to meet the students, learn about their projects, and promote an enduring understanding and appreciation of science. He acts as a mentor for current law students and students interested in a legal career. He remains involved in sports, playing squash, badminton at the University of Alberta Badminton Club, and ultimate frisbee in a city league. Throughout all his involvements, Sabzevari strives for excellence and continues his personal belief of contributing to the community.
Soofi, Fred Farhad – Iran
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
After several years of working for others, he set out to own his own business and he successfully opened multiple restaurant locations, creating many jobs and winning SaskBusiness' magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year award. A few years later, FarmGro Organic Foods, an organic flourmill and specialty grain processing plant, grew from co-founder Soofi's desire to ensure people had healthier food options. In June 2000, the plant was North America's largest organic facility making products such as organic semolina available in the marketplace. It also allowed Soofi to offer organic pasta in his restaurants and feature organic coffee, pastries and bread in his bakery. Along with decades of involvement with Amnesty International, Soofi has been active with the Regina Cultural Exchange, food banks and refugee coalitions, where Soofi has donated to victims and refugees fleeing from their homes After immigrating to Canada from Iran in 1974 at the age of 22, Fred Farhad Soofi fully supported himself and paid for his university education by working evenings in the restaurant industry. By 1981, he became chef of Lucci's restaurant in Saskatoon. He then reinvented Regina's only French restaurant Le Papillon. . In 1998, Soofi donated a five-storey office complex to South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre, a non-profit whose goal is to foster the inclusion of people with disabilities. The building was used for office space and accessible living accommodations. Soofi's success and good works continued after he moved to British Columbia in 2001, where he resides today. He is an active contributor and winner of multiple awards through local Chambers of Commerce, and he prides himself on helping others in business. His two restaurants Pasta Polo in Coquitlam, and Club Ilia, the largest restaurant at Simon Fraser's Univercity, are family favourites for fresh, locally sourced organic meals. Renowned for feeding hundreds of homeless people each December, Soofi is also at the heart of Nourez celebrations and Persian arts and culture sponsorship. In 2011, Soofi ran in Coquitlam's civic election where he won thousands of votes in a very close race. Affordable housing and heritage preservation and environmental protection were key elements of his platform. He has also served as past director of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, Coquitlam Foundation, PoCoMo Youth Society, Laurel Foundation, Coquitlam Multicultural Advisory Committee and co-founder of the Tri-Cities Iranian Cultural Society. It is not surprising then that Soofi was profiled as one of 125 successful immigrants in a book commemorating Canada's 125th birthday and immigrant heritage.
Subauste, Guillermo – Peru
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
Guillermo Subauste is a producer, engineer and musician based in Toronto. Originally from Lima, Peru, Subauste developed a passion for music and recording at a very young age, emerging from the Peruvian punk rock scene of the early 2000s that allowed him to play countless shows, organize festivals and work as a sound engineer for several bands both live and in studio. In 2007, he was awarded a scholarship to go to the Banff Centre to be mentored by Theresa Leonard (ex-president of Audio Engineering Society (AES)) for six months that ended up being two years after he got hired by the centre as a sound engineer. It is here that he expanded his knowledge and passion working alongside great artists and producers such as Jane Bunnet, the Bad Plus, Joni Mitchell, Shawn Everett and many more. He then moved back to Peru where he toured as the front of house engineer for Adammo (Latin Grammy nomination and MTV Latin America Award recipient), mixing shows with audiences of up to 120,000 people, as well as working with artists like Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Mike Herrera (MXPX), Youth of Today and more. In 2010, he moved to Toronto and became a permanent resident. Subauste started gaining a reputation as a mixing engineer and musician, playing with bands like Eastborough, the Honeyrunners and Nevada. Guillermo discovered his passion for teaching at Recording Arts Canada, where he taught recording and sound design for two years, while touring all over Canada, U.S.A. and Europe with the Sadies, Gord Downie, Randy Bachman, Andre Williams, Protest The Hero and Sarah Harmer. In December 2012, he started working at the state-of-the-art studio Revolution Recording, where he engineered the Sadies' newest album, Internal Sounds, Whitney Rose and The Mavericks, Ferraro, plus many collaborations in projects for the Tea Party, Dave Bidini, Matthew Barber and more. In 2014, he decided to become a freelancer and has been producing several Canadian, American, Spanish and Peruvian bands, out of Pacha Sound, his own studio in the heart of Toronto. Subauste is working on records for the Sadies, Alma Cassels, Mel Monaco, the Honeyrunners, Ferraro and Erika Werry currently, plus other projects later in the year, while still touring all over this country that he's come to love and appreciate.
Vieira, Andrea Auerbach – Brazil
TOP 75 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2016
Artist Andrea Auerbach Vieira immigrated to Canada from Brazil with her husband. After her daughter turned one, Vieira decided to resume her career in the arts. They didn't have any other relatives in Canada, so she would wake up at 4 a.m. to be able to work before she woke up. They didn't have significant money to invest in her career and hire a publicist in Canada, so she had to learn to use social media, the only tool she could use to promote her art, because it was free. Today, her work is being recognized in Canada and internationally. She had the opportunity of participating in many important art events around the world including Louvre Museum Exhibitions in October 2014 and June 2015. She represented Brazilian visual arts during the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and at Latin American Heritage Month in Canada in October 2015. Her work was recently exhibited at the City of Vaughan Juried Art Exhibition – Inspiring Cities, January to March 2016. In addition, her work has appeared in galleries and art fairs around the globe, from Los Angeles to Dubai to Barcelona to Turkey. Coming up, she is an invited speaker at Women's Economic Forum, in Delhi May 2016. Her talk will be about the importance of art as a social inclusion tool. She'll be talking about a native Brazilian's project, a Canadian recycling project and a project from India that reintegrates acid-burned women into society through art. She is also the co-founder of Cafe Cultura Toronto, an informal, not-for-profit organization that aims to promote and disseminate Brazilian culture through stories, experiences and information exchange among those who now live in Canada. Through information and building relationships, participants open paths that facilitate coexistence in this country that welcomed them. The events bring together people interested in a breakfast with a speech in Portuguese, and take place on the last Friday of each month. The team of organizers, speakers and staff work on a voluntary basis in order to provide leisure, culture and integration to the Brazilian community.