I’m a mother.a Canadian educator.an activist.a thought leader.a coffee lover.a problem solver.

I have dedicated my life to community engagement and social activism.

I write about social change, education and my life experiences.

MY VALUES

Curiosity

I was born with it. My first word was why. Curiosity thankfully hasn’t killed this cat.

Community

Every life has meaning and purpose. We are all here to make this world a better place together.

Compassion

This is the root of justice and equity for all. Compassion is the difference between tokenism and respect for people.

Humour

When you’re as short as I am, you need to have a sense of humour.

FUN FACTS

I CAN PLAY THE TRUMPET

CALVIN AND HOBBES IS MY FAVOURITE COMIC

I'M A PERRIER MONSTER

I WENT TO A CHRISTIAN NUNNERY AS A CHILD

I CAN'T TELL TIME ON AN ANALOG CLOCK - SERIOUSLY

I CAN READ A BOOK JUST AS WELL UPSIDE DOWN AS I CAN RIGHT SIDE UP

I HAVE FORGOTTEN WHERE I PARKED MORE TIMES THAN I CAN COUNT.
THANK GOD FOR CAMERA PHONES.

MY PERSONALITY MAKES UP ONLY 0.8% OF THE POPULATION.

WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ME

My MOM

In the delivery room, as I cradled my first-born daughter, I immediately knew what to name her: Farrah. The name Farrah comes from the root word ‘joy’ in the Arabic language and that was precisely what she gave me: joy. Over the years, I taught her to draw meaning from her name and live her life with the sole purpose of bringing joy to others through dedicated acts of service, committed stands for justice, and loyal ties of friendship. I raised her to use her unique position as a highly educated Canadian-Muslim to better the lives of those around her.

Juror Carmen Aguirre

Farrah is a mother, educator, activist, and innovator who volunteers her time by organizing art therapy workshops for young Canadian Muslims coping with bullying, racism, and exclusion; and roundtable discussions for parents dealing with Islamophobia and Bill C-51. She has volunteered with the NDP and worked on nationwide federal elections debate for Muslim youth. For all these reasons, Farrah exemplifies the qualities of an Everyday Political Citizen.

Parent of a Former Student

Sr. Farrah is a principal who cares. She is always available to me and my children. She has an open door policy and gives out her phone number to anyone who asks. Whenever I contact her, she responds within minutes. I trust my kids are in good hands.

Prof Denise ArmstrongBrock University

Thanks for an honest and thoughtful conversation. The students and I were impressed with the work you are doing. So many challenges and possibilities… keep doing great things and stay well.

Former School Board

Award presented to Farrah Marfatia to recognise years of outstanding leadership in education and service to our community.

Former Students

You are a truly great principal. We thought that you should know: you help us find direction when we’re not sure where to go. Your caring heart and joyous spirit brighten up our day. Thank you for all that you do is all we can say!

Aisha SheraziOttawa educator and writer

I have had the pleasure of meeting Farrah a few times, on matters related to education. She has repeatedly demonstrated a passion for helping schools and families get the best possible educational experience. Based on the exchange of ideas and discussions we have had, I have seen a person committed to community, as well as inclusivity. Farrah is a natural networker and connector but more importantly she is very caring, personable and genuine. These are traits that make Farrah a superb resource and dedicated community member.

Fayaz KarimPolitical Analyst/2015 Federal Election Candidate

It is with great pleasure that I share my personal reflections on Farrah Marfatia. I met Farrah at a Muslim community meeting prior to the 2015 Canadian Federal Election. It was clear from the get go that Farrah was no ordinary activist. Her understanding of the wider social, economic and political issues facing the Muslim community were impressive and far reaching. She demonstrated a deep and sincere appreciation for her community, husband and children. She is incisive in discussing difficult questions facing the community. This quality is critically important as we navigate uncharted territory in the climate of Islamophobia we live in today. It is not enough anymore to be content with the status quo. Farrah is the kind of community member that we need today. She understands her Deen profoundly, and her familial and community responsibilities as a Muslim. She is a kind and supportive person who is sincerely interested in the wellbeing of others. She also has a unique and much needed ability to understand other’s point of view and different personal and cultural backgrounds. She has her opinions, is openminded, and expresses them without conceit or competitiveness. As such, her interlocutors and community should be convinced of her sincerity. Farrah is a highly intelligent and responsible person and the Muslim community is better off with her.

Eaman Fahmy

Farah Marfatia is a talented and dedicated Muslim organizer and activist. Her integrity, passion, and drive has led her on a journey of education and growth to better herself and her community. She is a genuine leader who understands how to listen, learn and lead.

Aisha KhajaHost of Let the Quran Speak

Farrah is a well-versed professional and leader within the Muslim community with expertise in community development and education. I had the pleasure of interviewing her and getting to know her through our conversation on the sex-ed curriculum in my capacity as host of Let the Quran Speak. Her expertise and knowledge in this subject made this video go viral, and many I know personally benefitted from this content include myself. Any organization and any individual would be an asset to have her/work with her.