A nostalgic wanderlust film muggle who savours food with cats on her lap while humming a stardust sprinkled melody in her heart” is how Nabila Qureshi would best describe herself. Ethnically from Kashmir and Rajasthan, Nabila lived in Iran and The U.A.E. before making Canada her home just over 12 years ago. After completing her dual bachelor degrees in Commerce and Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in 2014, Nabila briefly entertained the enigmatic world of filmmaking and performance by furthering her academics with a Diploma in Performance and Communications Media from MUN and a Certificate in Film Studies from Ryerson University in 2014.
During her brief post-undergraduate employment at Service Canada, she extensively volunteered with the refugee community in St. John’s. Her work inspired her to pursue an M.Sc. in Medicine (Community Health) in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). Her current thesis research focuses on refugee youth’s early resettlement experiences in St. John’s, Canada, and the impact that has on their sense of well-being.
As the the current team leader of the WUSC (World University Service of Canada) chapter at MUN, her team’s work oversees the implementation of the Student Refugee Program whereby Memorial students would be able to annually sponsor one refugee youth’s education at the university.
For her volunteer work with refugees and newcomers to promote inclusivity, diversity, and community engagement, Nabila has been awarded the YMCA St. John’s Peace Medal (2018), the YWCA St. John’s Women of Distinction Award in Community and Social Development (2019), the Medical Graduate Students’ Society Scholar and Community Involvement Award (2019) , the City of St. John’s Building Healthy Community and Social Development Award (2019), and MUN’s Volunteer Incentive Program Awards in Bronze, Silver, and Gold.