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Business owner and community advocate

City: Ottawa

Native country: Pakistan

Sadaf Ebrahim is a proud Canadian of Pakistani origin and currently serves the community as President of the Canada-Pakistan Association (National Capital Region). His elevation to current status speaks volumes about his diligent efforts and commitment to the community. Initially, after immigrating, she did odd jobs and struggled with her husband to earn a decent living, but now she is a successful business owner. She has been a strong supporter of local small business and has promoted hundreds of small businesses in Ontario over the past few years.

To help protect the environment from the disastrous effects of plastic, Ebrahim started a movement called Green Help to not only fight climate change, but also to empower new immigrant women by offering them part-time jobs to make fabric shopping bags.

During the tough times of the pandemic, Ebrahim supported and promoted local small businesses through social media and his TV shows. She also made it possible to deliver groceries to seniors in her community during the early days of the pandemic.

Ebrahim strives to use all available platforms to raise awareness of various community issues and to organize fundraising campaigns through the Canadian People’s Television Channel. She has raised awareness of mental health through an annual Mother’s Day campaign for the past three years. She has also successfully raised funds for organizations such as the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Ottawa Multi-Faith Housing Initiative, Cure Women & Children in Bangladesh and the CHEO Foundation.

As an active member of the community, Ebrahim attends as many events and functions as possible to stay close to the community. In recognition of her efforts, Ebrahim was the first Pakistani to receive the Order of Ottawa (2021). She has also been honored with the following awards and honours:

  • Ambassador of PAGE (Pakistan Alliance for Girls’ Education)
  • Ontario Ambassador for Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital
  • Fundraising Appreciation Award for the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Foundation
  • Immigrant Entrepreneur Award by the City of Ottawa in 2017
  • Canada 150 Award in 2017
  • CBET Appreciation Award from Canada-Bangladesh Education Trust in 2019
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