I am happy to call Canada home. Canada is the greatest country in the world. I could not have done this in Afghanistan
Nadia Peerzada grew up in Afghanistan. She was 16 years old when her parents married her to her suitor who was living in Canada, nine years her senior. Her new husband brought her to Canada, and today, a grown up woman with three children of her own – aged 24, 23 and 22 – Peerzada is a bubbling, pleasant, activist Canadian woman who wants to be a Councillor on the Pickering City Council.
Peerzada knocks on doors every day in Pickering as she takes time out from her Pickering Bakery and Floral business to win the hearts and minds of residents to vote for her to transform the Pickering City Council, which has no woman on it now.
Canadians live amazing lives, with some astonishing stories – especially among immigrants, though Canadian born and bred folks also own wonderful stories. Listening to Peerzada talk of her life is a fascinating adventure into the human spirit. She’s so full of pleasantries and happy words and contentment; yet she grew up in Afghanistan, where the Soviet Army occupied for a decade before US troops invaded and the Taliban became brutal.
Peerzada told the Millionaire Mindset magazine that she only went back to Afghanistan once, and would never go back again. She felt terrified of the place, did not recognize it as her childhood home where she grew up, and felt scared for her children even going outside. She loves Canada with a deep passion.
“I came to Canada in 1992, 25 years ago, and moved right away to Pickering,” she said. She’s running in Ward Three, and all her opponents for City Council are immigrants to Canada.
Passionate about community involvement, Peerzada has volunteered for years in various organizations, and even on previous campaigns. She met Deborah Bisset during a previous municipal elections when Bisset was a candidate. Now, Bissett acts as Peerzada’s campaign cheerleader. They’ve formed a strong friendship, Canadian born and bred, and immigrant Canadian, both zealous about women rights and social justice.
Her pet project if elected to Council would be to lead regular town hall meetings for residents to engage with Council to generate grassroots solutions and vision for the city.
“I am happy to call Canada home. Canada is the greatest country in the world. I could not have done this in Afghanistan,” Peerzada said.