Abdeali Saherwala

Country of Origin:

Pakistan

Themes:

Citizenship, Immigration, Asian Heritage, Racism/Discrimination, Human Rights & Social Justice, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Adjusting to Life in Canada

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Bio

I am currently attending York University for Honors. Biomedical undergraduate studies. I am an active volunteer in my Anjumane-e-Burhani mosque to teach the Dawoodi Bohra community with the recitation and the memorization of the Holy Quran. I have finished with the memorization of the Holy Quran myself. I have aided in the Red Cross organization for blood donations several times and I have aided my local Toronto Public Library with reading/ESL programs. I have also volunteered for the LBGTQ Pride Parade every year because I believe that everyone has the right to equality, no matter what skin color, sexuality, religion or race they belong in. I have also given countless hours to collect clothing, food, household necessities, furniture and educational supplies for the Syrian refugees through my mosque and other charitable organizations. Every day, I volunteer about four hours listening and teaching the Holy Quran through Skype, phone call or Facebook Messenger call to the Dawoodi Bohra community. Also, I volunteer once a week (for a whole day) at a local Toronto Public Library to check-in/out books, clean the library, put the books in the Dewey Decimal system and to aid in their reading/ESL programs. Overall, I try my best to volunteer in my community as much as possible because I believe that Canada has given me a lot of rescources and skills, so now it is my turn to return the favour.

Story

I was born in Karachi, Pakistan on December/20/1995. I went to an English-medium elementary school in Pakistan. From childhood, I was quite a linguistic kid due to my ability to fluently read, write and understand Hindi, Urdu, Guajarati, English and Arabic. Also, I was quite a socially awkward child with a limited group of friends. Several behavioral specialists, my school teachers and my peers in Pakistan did not know what was wrong with. But when I was 11, our immigration application for Canada was processed and we moved to Canada within the next few months. I completed my Elementary years in Forest Manor Public School. In Forest Manor Public School, the teachers and the school psychologist recognized that I have ADHD and placed me on an IEP (Individual Educational Plan) plan for elementary and middle school. When I was starting grade 9, I decided to go to Houston, Texas to completely memorize the Holy Quran while simultaneously completing my high school education. I completed memorizing the Holy Quran during my senior year and I completed my high school with a 3.7 GPA from Cypress Lakes High school. Also, during my freshman year in high school, I was removed from the IEP plan and was integrated into the mainstream educational plan due to my excellent grades. After completing high school and the Holy Quran, I decided to come back to Canada for university. But due to the different high school and university requirements, I was forced to re-take my entire grade eleven and twelve courses in Canada. I completed eleven credits in one year, including the summer where I took three credits to total the eleven credits. I graduated with a 3.6 GPA from Delphi Secondary Alternative School and during that stressful summer, I got accepted to York University for Honours. Biomedical. I believe that with the rights opportunities, efforts, time, energy, dedication, determination and hard work can make you into anything. With these traits in Canada, you can become anyone you want to be. It will not be easy but it will be achievable. I am currently going to my second year of undergrad with a 3.8 GPA due to my hard work. It is possible for an IEP kid to break out of IEP, go to university and continue to achieve the best grades in university. Overall, I believe that Canada is an amazing country that provides it citizens with an infinite amount of opportunities and governmental aid that will help you integrate, stabilize and succeed in your life.