Rabia Khedr, BA, MA
I was born in 1969, and came to Canada with my parents when I was four.
I attended Cooksville Public School, Briarwood, the Valleys and Applewood Heights. I attended the University of Toronto’s Mississauga Campus then known as Erindale College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree graduating in 1993.
I found engagement and growing neighbourhood quality of life.
In 1994, I found my niche in working with others to address issues of fairness and justice. I had a heartfelt interest in community, married Hossam Khedr, who is an IT leader in a financial company. We have four children (all born right here in Mississauga) and all of whom I am proud to say are exceptional citizens.
After years of child-rearing, work experience and consulting, I went back to school and completed my MA from York University in 2013.
Being blind, I do see things differently. I listen hard. I remember details. I speak truth to power. I will leverage these abilities to your advantage. I will listen to your needs and concerns. I will speak up for you at decision-making tables. I will think out of the box to solve problems and inspire positive change. After all, I have done this all my life.
When a redevelopment project was going to impact the character and quality of life of our neighbourhood, I knocked on doors to make sure that my neighbours were informed and understood that they had a say in the application process. Even though the developer appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, our grassroots campaign prompted them to rule in our favour.
When I found my job wasn’t bringing positive results for people with disabilities seeking employment, I started my own consulting business and took on projects that had direct impact in the field.
When women, youth and children from diverse communities faced barriers to participation in recreational activities, I brought people together to build capacity to create programs.
When caregivers were struggling to find programs for their adult family members with developmental disabilities, I brought parents together to establish peer support and create long terms strategies to address service gaps because we knew we could not wait for government to solve things for us.