Aisha Zaman is a feminist, political junkie, food and wine enthusiast, and an activist. She joined Next Up as a participant in 2012 after completing her undergrad at the University of Calgary with a BA in Law and Society. During her years at the UofC she was involved in social justice causes related to the rights of children, Muslims, and First Nations in Canada. After finishing Next Up, Aisha organized a feminist book club with other Next Up participants and friends in order to give them a safe space to discuss the world through a feminist lens and be critical.

Aisha strongly believes in participating in democracy to shape better policies by being involved in campaigning and through political parties. Since the Harper government’s second win, she has been involved in every election Calgary has been effected by. She is most interested in policies around Climate Change, First Nations, and Immigration. Aisha studied Immigration Law through the University of British Columbia in 2015, and became a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in 2016. She also joined the Next Up staff in 2016 by becoming a Program Assistant for the Climate Leadership Program (CLP) which ran throughout Alberta for it’s first year. Sadly, Aisha won’t be able to work on the second year, as she is moving to Ottawa in the summer of 2017 to gain more work experience in the public sector.

When Aisha is not working on the aforementioned activities, she enjoys dining at restaurants with a local ingredient mandate and who serve natural wines, spending time in yoga studios, and running.