Farhia Ahmed

Farhia Ahmed has dedicated herself to the Ottawa community all her life. Ms. Ahmed learned the importance of civic engagement and volunteerism at young age from her parents.

Throughout high school and university, Ms. Ahmed was active in her community, spending her evenings and summers volunteering at St. Vincent’s Hospital, CHEO and Canadian Blood Services. She has earned several awards, including the Award for Excellence in Community Service in 2006.

Her dedication to community and social cohesion is evident in Ms. Ahmed’s recent work as a Co-Founder of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition. The award-winning Coalition is an Ottawa social justice and advocacy group that aims to challenge racial inequality, increase support for mental health needs, and  bring positive change and transparency to our law enforcement institutions. Ms. Ahmed and the Coalition have advocated for policy and legislative reform in Ontario, while also working towards rebuilding community ties, and building collaborative relationships with the Ottawa Police Service and the City of Ottawa.

The Coalition has been recognized through awards such as the Leadership and Community Action Award, the Community Builder Award, as well as a nomination for the Ontario Human Rights and Equity Award.

On top of her volunteerism, Ms. Ahmed is a mother of four and a proud federal public servant. Over the last 16 years, Ms. Ahmed has been working to shape federal policy in the areas of Human Rights, Multiculturalism, Indigenous Affairs; and more recently Gender Equity policies at the international level supporting Canada’s contributions to international fora.