Assalamualaikum (May Peace be upon all of you)
As Muslim professionals in the Ontario Public Service (OPS), we have felt a void in terms of accessing a network of Muslims within the OPS. While we found one another to address issues important to us such as accessing healthy and inclusive prayer spaces, our experiences left us feeling isolated from our Muslim identity within the workspace, and reinforced the gap of not being able to network and connect with other Muslims in the OPS, to help us navigate through these experiences.
We want to change this! For ourselves, for other newcomers in the OPS and for seasoned professionals – so we can all come together and establish a network where we can address issues that matter to us – from a religious-accommodations perspective, from a community-network perspective, and from a policy perspective.
Inspired by ‘PS, I’m Muslim’ an initiative to connect Muslims across the greater public sector (all levels of government, health, education, agencies), we are launching a network for Muslims specifically in the Ontario Public Service (MI-OPS). We are hoping that we can build from the conversations and issues raised at #PSIM’s events, that are important to OPS-ers, and work together to address them within our own work spaces.
In celebration of Eid, we would like to invite you to the MI-OPS Network launch event, so that together, we can build a network and community of Muslims in the OPS. We are honoured and blessed to have Fareed Amin as our key note speaker, former Deputy Minister with a number of Ministries in the Ontario Public Service over his 26 years of service in the public sector (amongst many other notable roles and achievements, which you’ll hear all about at the dinner!)
See you there inshAllah (God-Wlling),
Aishah and Aisha
About Aishah and Aisha
Aishah Butt is an Executive Assistant at the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, and Aisha Khaja is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. We are both passionate about creating an inclusive and vibrant space for all OPS’ers, that celebrates our diverse identities and cultures.
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