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Asian Star- Hon. Col. Ajaz Quraishi

Asian Star- Hon. Col. Ajaz Quraishi

Native Village/Country parent’s background
I was born and raised at Hyderabad, India. My father was a High School
Headmaster and mother was stay home mum.
Your Early Education
As my father was academician, he expected and ensured that all of his kids
to be educated. I went all the way through High School and then did an
engineering degree immediately after.
When & Why You came to Canada
I came in 1968. My elder brother had immigrated and I heard good things
about Canada, so that’s why I wanted to put my name on the list to get a
visa. When my name was called, it was so unexpected and I had to
scramble to get myself organised. I borrowed the money for my ticket and
arrived with only $20 in my pocket. The trip itself was full of challenges like
missed flights, transit strikes, and then a bad car accident upon my arrival
at Edmonton. I took all these challenges in stride, and persevered
throughout.
Your career advancement initiatives, volunteer work and present
occupation

I have retired from Imperial Oil, where I was a Shift Leader/Shift Engineer.
I hold the title of Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Military. I am also
involved in politics. I used to volunteer with the Ambulance Society and
Victims Services, United Way.
Your Regret in Life
I don’t have any regrets.
Pick Any One of Your Best Achievements
My involvement with many organisations enabled me to earn the Volunteer
of the Year Award and my photo sits at the Wall of Fame near the
Edmonton Legislature.
Were You Ever Discriminated?
Yes, back in the early 70s, discrimination was very much a challenge I and
every newcomer faced. Getting a job, having engineering qualifications
credentials and renting an apartment were all laced with discrimination.

However, things got better as the years went by. I could establish
subsequently and kicked off discrimination as my wife was non- Asian.
Are You Happy in Canada?
Absolutely, I’m very happy here. People have suggested that I should
move back to India being old. However, I have promised to myself that I
will continue living in Canada.
Any Comments on Canada’s Culture
I like how everyone is so friendly, warm and welcoming. The honour which
is bestowed upon me, can only be possible in country like Canada.
Any Comments on Canada’s Weather
I have acclimatized to Canadian weather. It used to be bone-chilling
weather. However, winters are less harsh now. May be Global warming has
played its role.
What Brought You Success in Canada?
My faith in the One True God and the level play ground which Canada
provide.
Are You Willing to Help New Immigrants and How?
Yes, I love to help anyone. I would help new immigrants as regards
guiding them on educational choices and English skills.
Your Message for Canadians of Asian Origin
Get involved in your community right away. You can make great contacts,
and feel good in the process. Join everything that interests you, from
political parties to faith groups and everything in between. Always give
back to society in any way you can. Embrace multiculturalism and practise
Universal brotherhood.

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