Winner of the Sana Elache Student Empowerment Award 2019

Fajar Khan is a second year student at the University of Alberta studying under the Faculty of Science. She has been an integral part in providing a voice for youth in Alberta. From September 2017-June 2018, Fajar was a part of the Minister's Youth Council where she provided insight on inclusion of minority groups within the education system of Alberta. She was also a part of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Youth, where she served for two years volunteering across various platforms in the community. Fajar has worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association within the Wood Buffalo community to destigmatize and increase awareness about mental health issues in the community. During her first year, Fajar studied at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, where she served as a Student Governor, part of the Students Association of Keyano College. She also served as the chair of the Student Mental Health Committee to provide a better campus for students to feel safe at. As an advocate for youth voices, Fajar worked alongside other youth in her community to hold the inaugural Wood Buffalo Youth Day, which focused on giving youth a voice and a chance to have their voices heard. Through this day, she also worked to launch a campaign in which youth projects in the community would be highlighted and available for everyone to see. As an active volunteer, Fajar has volunteered for various organizations across her community, including but not limited to World Hijab Day Fort McMurray, United Way, 3 Things Wood Buffalo, and Students Against Drunk Driving. Currently at her university, she is part of a student-led group called the Health and Wellness Movement, where she is serving as VP External to provide a healthy and better campus for students. Her future plans include volunteering with organizations that focus on women empowerment, leadership, mental health and providing a voice for youth.

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The award was accepted on Fajar's behalf by her mother, Noshi Malik