Nazira Tareen
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Nazira Tareen

“We are the change we seek”
Barack Obama
“Be the change you want”
“Be prepared.”
“Helping people is Service to God.”

Occupation: Community Activist, Volunteer, Teacher and Mentor

Personal and Professional Experiences
  • Ardent volunteer for more than three decades, first woman to be elected as chair of Ottawa Muslim Association
  • For 17 years, she was a volunteer Sunday School Teacher and has introduced Islam to high school students
  • For over 30 years, she has helped immigrant families
  • Formed the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization
  • Has been recognized and presented for many awards for Volunteerism
  • Shares her memories of her journey to Canada and of becoming a Canadian
  • I was in Bangalore the Garden City of India on September 1, 1939.
  • My parents had seven children, five girls and two boys, I was the fifth child.
  • The Second World War started on my birthday. All my childhood I was called the War Baby.
  • From KG to Grade 7, I went to a Methodist Private School. It was Co-Ed.
  • The rest of my schooling was in an Anglican Missionary Private School called Bishop Cotton Girls’ High School.
  • My university was Mount Carmel College run by Roman Catholic Nuns. I was enrolled in the home science program. My dream was to become an architect but I did not complete my degree as I was married when I was twenty.
  • I left Bangalore in 1960 when I got married.
  • I had an abusive husband and so my first marriage ended after six years.
  • After my divorce while I lived in Bangalore in 1967, I worked for a travel agency called Trade Winds for six months.
  • Then I got married on December 31/1967 to Dr. Farook Tareen who was doing postgraduate studies in Cardiology in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • We moved from Kingston to Ottawa on my birthday on September1/1968 and I have lived in Ottawa ever since for more than 48 years and seen Ottawa grow from a population of 299 thousand to almost a million today.
  • I loved children so I enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program in 1969. It was a two year course at Algonquin College.
  • My first child was a daughter born on February 28/1971 and my second child was a son born on June 2/1972. Both were born at the Ottawa Civic Hospital.
  • I did not work until my children were in high school. I did a lot of volunteer work.
  • I worked as a Business Manager in my husband’s office from 1983 to 1993.
  • I had a business called Aras Aroosa Bridal Boutique in fine unique bridal outfits imported from India and Pakistan from 1994 to 2007.
  • I have traveled extensively in many parts of the world. For example, India, Canada, the U.S.A, England, Europe, Pakistan, Israel and Palestine, China, South Korea, Turkey and Saudi Arabia
  • My husband passed away on December 20, 2012.
  • Now I am retired and very blessed to have three adorable grandchildren
  • I am 77 years in age and still feel like a teenager at heart.
  • I have been a Community Activist, volunteer, teacher and mentor. Helping families.
  • I have been doing volunteer work in Ottawa for the past four decades.