Community Development Worker
P: 705-743-0882 ext. 238
Languages: English, Arabic
Reem is the Community Development Worker, leading projects at the New Canadians Centre that focus on the economic and social empowerment of newcomers. She also coordinates working groups under the Peterborough Immigration Partnership that focus on refugee and immigrant integration.
Reem has an MSc in Biochemistry from McMaster University and an MPA from Carleton University. She started her career in life sciences as a Researcher and Lecturer at Trent University. Her passion for international development led her to Egypt, where she spent 6 years specializing in the field of child rights and working with local and international organizations, most notably CIDA, UNICEF, and the Drosos Foundation. She continues to teach at Trent University in the International Development Studies department.
In 2018, Reem was a recipient of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce's ‘4 Under 40’ award. The ‘4 Under 40’ awards are designed to recognize four individuals in our community who are under the age of 40 and who are making their mark in the Peterborough area. Reem was also a recipient of the inaugural Peterborough-Kawartha Women's Leadership Awards in October 2018.
Outside of work, Reem enjoys bird-watching, photography, hiking, and cooking.