Alberta’s new Lt.-Gov. Salma Lakhani sworn in as first Muslim-Canadian to hold the position

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“I have been passionate about women’s health, education relating to human rights and, in particular, making higher learning accessible to newcomers and others who have been marginalized by life’s unpredictable challenges. Helping those in need take that first step up the ladder to better opportunities is one way of making a lasting difference in the lives of so many. It ensures that these individuals become even more productive members of the community and much better able to provide for their entire families going forward.”

During her time in office, Lakhani said education will be a main focus, as it has been throughout her life. She said further education on the rich history of Indigenous communities in Canada is essential.

The lessons of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, withrecommendations published five years ago, remind all of us of the work that still needs to bedone,” she said. “In my time in office I look forward to many opportunities to connect with the diversity of peoplethat make us the Alberta that we are today.”

Lakhani has received the Alberta Centennial and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her services to community and civil society. NorQuest College awarded her an honorary diploma in Community Services Leadership in 2019 for her work.

Premier Jason Kenney said Lakhani is the perfect person for the role because she represents many of the qualities deeply rooted in Alberta.

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