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Salaam B'y - A Story of a Muslim Newfoundlander (St. John's)

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Memorial University of Newfoundland

SJ Carew Building - EN2006

240 Prince Phillip Drive

St. John's, NL A1B 3X5

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Hi, I'm Aatif Baskanderi and I am a Muslim Newfoundlander. I come from a place where few people look like me, or believe in the same things as me. In spite of those differences, my community always accepted and encouraged me, leading to my unwavering sense of belonging to Newfoundland and driving me on an interesting life journey. I believe Newfoundland carries a level of sincerity, respect and appreciation within its character that breeds the capability to create great change in the world. Now, I am returning to my home province to share my story for everyone today who feels different, sometimes anxious, and highlight how Newfoundland showed me and others a way to build communities of love and respect that can build people up in great ways.

Please come join me as I share my story, along with a Q&A with the audience. Also, feel welcome to share this with friends and family in other towns across Newfoundland I plan to visit (see below).


The full story: https://www.facebook.com/notes/aatif-baskanderi/salaam-by-a-story-of-a-muslim-newfoundlander/10155554695019155/

The VOCM interview: https://soundcloud.com/vocm/web-trawler-july-23-2017-salaam-by


SALAAM B'Y NEWFOUNDLAND TOUR

Monday, September 18 @ Grand Bank

Tuesday, September 19 @ Gander

Wednesday, September 20 @ Bishop's Falls

Thursday, September 21 @ Corner Brook

Tuesday, September 26 @ Clarenville

Wednesday, September 27 @ St. John’s

Thursday, September 28 @ Bell Island

Event tickets are free, with the opportunity to donate to selected local charities/causes in each town.

Please RSVP now to stay updated on venue details.


BIOGRAPHY

Aatif Baskanderi grew up in Clarenville, Newfoundland and received both his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering & Master of Technology Management degrees at Memorial University, and a MSc Social Policy & Development degree at the London School of Economics & Political Science in England. He has worked and volunteered his time with various engineering, government, and not-for-profit organizations across Canada, United Kingdom, Palestine, and Sierra Leone. He is passionate about the potential of society for positive change through collaboration with a relentless pragmatic optimism. He now lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife, Nazia. He was previously the Science, Innovation & Energy Officer for the British Consulate-General Calgary and currently works as an Innovation Manager for Kinetica Ventures at Innovate Calgary, as well as being Co-President of the Engineers Without Borders Calgary City Chapter.


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Zach Goudie is a journalist with CBC in St. John's, NL. He has been a familiar face on the Here & Now nightly newscast for more than a decade, while also making numerous contributions to CBC Radio and Online. Zach and Aatif are old friends, going back their student days at Memorial University.

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Memorial University of Newfoundland

SJ Carew Building - EN2006

240 Prince Phillip Drive

St. John's, NL A1B 3X5

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