Project 1: Storytelling

Storytelling is a unique way to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for others. A success story can promote motivation, inspiration, and positive attitude. Success is a personal definition and how we define success is largely influenced by our life experiences. Whatever we perceive as success, it comes with lot of hardships, challenges, and devotion.

Storytelling Session 1

Journey to Harvard: A success story!

by Dr. Bushra Raj

Date: 11 November 2019, Monday | Time: 4.00-5.00 pm

Venue: Bangladesh Center | 3770 Westwinds Dr NE, Calgary, AB T3J 5H3

Speaker: Dr. Bushra Raj

Dr. Bushra Raj is a post doctorate fellow at Harvard University in the Department of Molecular and cellular Biology. She was born in Bangladesh and moved to UAE at early age with her parents where she spent her childhood. In 2006, Bushra moved to Canada alone as an international student to obtain her undergraduate program. She completed her bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics from the University of Toronto in 2008 in distinction. In 2015, Bushra completed her PhD from the University of Toronto in molecular genetics and post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard University in the dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Bushra received multiple prestigious awards and recognition for her brilliant work.

Storytelling Session 2

“I have a Story”: A Narrative from Real Life

by Dr. Oluwatomilayo (Tito) Daodu

👉Postponed due to COVID-19

Venue: Genesis Centre, Multipurpose Room A, 7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE, Calgary, AB T3J0C9

Speaker: Dr. Oluwatomilayo (Tito) Daodu

Project 2: Knowledge Translation

Immigration to a new country is a life changing event that results in many changes in life including changes in family dynamics, economic status, professional identity, cultural norms and many more. Knowledge on accessible resources and services, available educational and employment opportunities, their rights and their responsibilities, and values of the new society facilitates integration to the new society. VOICE hosts information and educational sessions to increase knowledge of immigrants to help them integrate to the Canadian culture. 

 Information Session 1

Seniors Resources and Services

by Dr. Ruksana Rashid

Date: 13 October 2019 | Time: 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Venue: Bangladesh Center, 3770 Westwinds Dr NE. Calgary, AB T3J 5H3

 Speaker: Dr. Ruksana Rashid

Information Session 2

Infant Nutrition and Feeding 

by Dr. Nadira Rashid

👉Postponed due to COVID-19

Venue: Genesis Centre, Multipurpose Room A, 7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE, Calgary, AB T3J0C9

Speaker: Dr. Nadira Rashid


Project 3: Fight COVID-19

Many immigrants, refugees and temporary foreign workers are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are experiencing tremendous challenges in meeting their daily needs (e.g. food, income support etc.). VOICE comes forward to provide support with the food and groceries partnering with community members and distribute food hampers and household stuff to the doors of the affected people.


Project 4: Hailstorm 2020

The catastrophic hailstorm on June the 13th 2020 significantly damaged hundreds of houses and vehicles of residents in northeast Calgary who are mostly immigrants and refugees. The pandemic and the economic downturn made the damage more challenging for many residents. VOICE takes a lead to step up for the community and provides financial support to northeast residents in Calgary to repair their broken windshields and backglasses and make the cars drivable.