Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: Abdul Salehzai

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of groups including cultural, business, academic, health and employment services, who work to help immigrants and refugees thrive in Surrey, BC. Through their collaborative efforts, knowledge and unique skills, each and every one of our council members helps focus our work on local issues and provide the information and data required to make a meaningful impact and build truly inclusive communities.

In honour of the work they do, the Surrey LIP would like to spotlight our council members to get to know them a little more. This week, we spoke with Abdul Salehzai of Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub, a neighbourhood house aimed at connecting people from all walks of life together.

Here’s a little more about Abdul.

What is your current position title?

I’m currently the Community Programs Coordinator at Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub.

What does Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub do?

We partner with local organizations, agencies and community members to facilitate events, workshops programs and other different opportunities to connect different members in our community.

What do you think the biggest challenge immigrants and refugees face in Surrey today?

I think there are a few big challenges, including laborious jobs, minimal pay rates and skyrocketing rent and housing costs.

What are your hopes and/or vision for a diverse, inclusive and thriving Surrey?

Look for ways to attract production industry investments in Surrey. That would create a basis for … a diverse and inclusive corporate culture.

Coffee or tea? 

I love black tea and strong black coffee.

What’s your favourite food?

My favourite food is Borani banjan. It is this delicious Afghan vegetable dish made with slices of fried eggplant that are simmered in an aromatic tomato sauce.

What are you watching right now?

I’m always interested in watching documentaries about world history.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know I can speak five different languages.

Author: SurreyLIP