Mariam Bilgrami

With over 15 years of experience in diverse, international and national non-profit organizations I have worked in various fields within social work; from collecting and archiving Pakistani oral history, cultural poverty alleviation and social justice advocacy, providing access to reproductive health services in rural areas of Pakistan, pre-literacy programs for adults, to working with refugee families and their children in settlement, early childhood development and preschool orientation. 

I moved to Canada in 2015 after losing my friend and mentor, Sabeen Mahmud, a human rights activist and social justice warrior, killed for standing up for the marginalized; she had spent most of her life fighting for equity, inclusion and compassion. This was a turning point for me and I decided to make justice, equity, diversity and inclusion a personal and professional goal.  Now, as a certified Intercultural Diversity Practitioner for MOSAIC engage, I am able to live that dream. In my work as an Engagement Specialist, I work with MOSAIC’s WorkBC centers helping connect job seekers living in the lower mainland with WorkBC services. I am also helping build MOSAIC’s SCENE (Social and Civic Engagement for Newcomers) project; a project aiming to provide newcomers and immigrants with pathways to equitable social and civic engagement opportunities. 

I am fortunate to be able to work in advocacy and have the eventual goal of working in policy change. Serving marginalized and racialized groups is my forte and building engaging relationships is my passion. I get to use my strengths and passion every day; what more could one ask for!

Matthias Klenk