Fauzia Mazhar’s passion brings people and groups together to build a welcoming, inclusive and safe community. She is a community builder, engaged citizen and tireless social innovator. She is also an optimist who likes a good laugh, and is known as an inspiring consensus-builder and keen civic strategist.
Fauzia has worked in the local not-for-profit sector for more than 17 years, and takes great pride in being called a “community connector” by those active in community development, citizen engagement, social justice, and art-and-culture sectors.
Currently, she teaches community development and outreach at Conestoga College and manages her family business, a thriving driving school in downtown Kitchener.
Approachable and warm, Fauzia has a big-picture outlook and a growth-focused mindset, which keeps her on her toes to make all things better, all the time. She has managed family businesses, a neighbourhood-based community centre and a large service hub. She applied her big-picture thinking to rejuvenate a long-established organization, and to launch and develop a brand new organization. She skillfully led and managed short-term projects and efforts to bring long-term social change.
A graduate of the Leadership Waterloo Region program, Fauzia champions civic actions for the common good through partnership and collaborations. Fauzia mobilizes and engages diverse citizens and communities to work together to create sustainable positive social change. She strives to help newcomers to understand the joys and responsibilities of citizenship, and works with the wider community to understand its contribution to authentic experiences of dignity, equality and integration for immigrants and refugees.
Fauzia’s story starts in Pakistan and continues happily in the Region of Waterloo, where she has made her home and raised her family since 2001. She is a devoted friend, invested mentor, an inspiring role model in many communities and a distinguished leader in several organizations.
Fauzia Mazhar is an immigrant success story. Her warm sense of belonging in this community was earned the honest way — through the achievements and struggles of starting life in a welcoming community that made room for her vision and skills. She is now a seasoned leader whose unique voice will bring a fresh perspective to regional council.
Community Involvement (Present)
- Founder and Chair, Coalition of Muslim Women of KW
- Director, Kitchener and Waterloo Art Gallery board
- Selection Committee Member, Leadership Waterloo Region
- Planning and Organizing Committee, Women’s Municipal Campaign School
- Friend of Crime Prevention, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council
Community Involvement (Past)
- Chair, Immigration Partnership Belong steering group
- President, Pakistan Canada Association – Waterloo Wellington Counties
- Founding Member, Mennonite Muslim Bridge Building Program
- Founding Member, Abrahamic Peace Builders
- Member, Immigration Partnership Executive Committee
- Steering committee member, Kitchener-Waterloo Women’s Groups Network
- MAX (Muslim Awards for Excellence) Platinum Excellence Award (2018 – Nominee)
- Laurier Alumni Awards of Excellence, Community Impact (2017 – Nominee)
- Best Mover and Shaker, Cord Community Edition’s “Best of Waterloo Region” (2015 & 2016 – Winner)
- Rogers Women of the Year, Community Service (2015 – Nominee)
- Leading Women, Leading Girl, Building Communities, Ontario Women’s Directorate (2014 – Recipient)
- Waterloo Region Arts Award, Event Volunteer (2014 – Nominee)