Key note speaker Samra Zafar tells her story of how she broke out of an abusive relationship and gives tips on building resilience during difficult times at Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Women's Summit.
“It is your birthright to be accepted and valued for who you are,”
Author of A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose, Samra tells us that the game-changer for her was community and human connection. In her darkness, there was hope and good people around her. Her key message; we need humanity and human connection to move through any difficult time and adversity. Let’s be kinder to each other and unite with each other.
Community shone light into Samra's darkness. Doesn't this have you humming the lyrics to Indigo Girls Closer to Fine... "Darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable and lightness has a call that’s hard to hear".
This helped her build the courage and strength to make changes that would impact her children and so many others. Samra talked about the importance of strength training for resilience and building your emotional muscle. Choosing to act in times of fear is building emotional strength.
Samra is blazing her own trail. While her path is messy and filled with setbacks she continues on. When things are tough, she stands in front of the mirror and gives herself a pep talk for the next step to help her keep moving forward.
"Women need to support women… instead of competing for the pie. Let’s work together so we get more pie."
Samra's message around the power of community totally resonates with us! Her hope and determination are amazing. Thanks to Samra for her story and to the Aurora Chamber of Commerce for hosting today's Women's Summit 2020. Samra's book A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose is on our must-read booklist. Get it now and let's share this message of community and humanity.
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Written by Tina Finelli with excerpts from Samra Zafar at Aurora Chamber of Commerce's Women's Summit 2020.
Tina is a Canadian-bred storyteller and Co-Founder of SeeWhatSheCanDo. Lover of all things outdoors, Tina's happy place is surrounded by forest, water and mountains. In moments when she isn't moving outdoors, CrossFitting or playing hockey, you'll find her watching her daughters on the dance floor or playing hockey, reading a book, or cooking up a storm.
Samra Zafar is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker and thought leader in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, domestic violence, mental health and youth empowerment. In 2019, Samra was awarded a top 100 Most Powerful Women Award and a Top 25 Immigrant Award in Canada. 2019 was also the year Samra's book “A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose was listed as “Best Books of the Year for Canadian Nonfiction” by CBC Books and secured second place on The Globe and Mail’s bestselling Canadian non-fiction list.
As a social entrepreneur, Samra is credited with creating Brave Beginnings, a not-for-profit organization in the Greater Toronto Area that matches women who have escaped abuse, violence or oppression with mentors who are empathetic and caring. Samra is the mother of two teenage daughters. To learn more about the great things Samra Zafar is doing, head to her website.
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