Conversation Series #2: What Can Local Electeds Do About Islamophobia?

Our second edition of our Webinar Conversation Series continues with our webinar on What Can Local Electeds Do About Islamophobia on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm. Organized in partnership with the Foundation for a Path Forward, this conversation asks what Mayors, Councilors, School Trustees, and Regional Directors can do to tackle Islamaphobia in communities of all sizes and types (rural, urban or mixed). To address this question, it sets out, first, to explore how Islamophobia shows up in communities; and then, to explore the role the Internet currently plays in propagating hate against Muslims.

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You’ll hear from:

Sharmarke Dubow (Moderator)
Sharmarke is a Councillor for the City of Victoria. After resettling in Canada in 2012, Sharmarke cast his first vote on October 20, 2018, and at the same time was elected to Victoria City Council. Sharmarke’s passion and commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and his work for immigrant and refugees at the local and national level has earned him a reputation as a respected community leader and voice for human rights.

Arzeena Hamir
Arzeena is the Area B Director on the Comox Valley Regional District and runs Amara Farm, a certified organic farm the Comox Valley. She received her BSc in Crop Science from the University of Guelph and her Master’s in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of London, England. She helped to launch the Richmond Farm School, Mid Island Farmer’s Institute, and the Merville Organics Grower Co-op to support the farming and food sector. 

Hiba Alodat
Hiba is a former Syrian Refugee who came to Canada as a teenager. She is a youth leader with the Muslim Care Centre which provides daily meals, addresses social and wellness issues including addiction recovery, holistic wellbeing, and social services for vulnerable populations in Vancouver and Surrey. Due to her academic and community accomplishments Hiba is a recipient of the Beedie Luminaries Scholarship

Tariq Tyab
Tariq has been a community capacity builder for over 20 years. His passion for breaking silos and building bridges has enabled multiple organizations to work with new Multicultural and Faith community allies. He is a co-founder of the Official Faith Based Community Convener for Resilience B.C., Foundation for a Path Forward, as well as Islam Unravelled Educational Initiative, and the Muslim Food Bank. Tariq also serves as the VP of Media for the BC Muslim Association, the province’s largest Muslim organization. As a social entrepreneur, Tariq is also a co-founder of a technology company focused on developing solutions for shared community challenges. 

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Foundation For A Path Forward has worked with allies across communities in building a #HateFreeBC. Due to this work, we were nominated by the Province of B.C. to be the Official Faith Based Community Convener for anti-Racism, working in partnership with Resilience B.C. and Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives, MLA Rachna Singh.  They aim to develop and deliver creative and impactful solutions for Racism, Climate Change, Gender Equality, Youth Engagement, Mental Health, Social Technological Innovations, LBGTQ2S+ Inclusion, and Refugee/Immigrant Support.

Date and Location
October 26, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm
(discussion followed by Q&A)
Via Zoom
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For more information or if you have any questions, please email Isabella Johnson at

Thanks to our sponsors for helping make this event possible.