Naeema Hassan has completed her undergraduate degree at York University and is pursuing a masters degree in public administration at Queen’s University. Her experience in civic affairs and the nonprofit sector enabled her to understand the importance of youth engagement in the city-building process. She is passionate about health policy, civic engagement, humanitarian work, spoken word, and basketball!
#epicfail- most embarrassing work moment:
One day we had an important staff meeting and I didn’t realize that my entire lash on my left eye was hanging off. No one told me.
What was your 1st job
A camp counselor assistant at a daycamp.
Best work moment
Successfully organizing a basketball tournament as a team building exercise and winning MVP.
Best transferable skill
Oral communication and listening skills. After years of working retail, I found that it’s helped with being able to listen, collaborate, and communicate with my team members effectively.
I haven’t pinned that down yet, but I think it would be related to being a part of decision making processes that directly affect communities that are underrepresented.
“When life seems to be going downhill, eat a piece of cake and remember that it’s not the end of the world.”
Fun Fact on Naeema’s CV:
I speak English, Somali and Arabic, and currently working on adding Spanish to my resume.