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Wednesday, January 8

Meeting: Women’s Business Network of Peterborough presents Finding Your Community with Abeer Al-Salihi beginning at 5:30 pm at Holiday Inn - Waterfront (150 George St. N., Peterborough, K9J 3G5). Originally from Syria, Abeer Al-Salihi moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with her husband in search of better employment and life opportunities. Trained as an engineer in Syria, Abeer worked in the UAE as an engineering assistant after a few months struggling to find work. She taught herself English at home, eventually becoming a teacher and receiving her teaching license. After the war broke out in Syria and she lost her family home, Abeer and her family travelled to Canada where they sought asylum. In 2017, Abeer was one of 21 recipients of the Canada 150 Constituency Awards in Cobourg for her volunteer work in resettling Syrian refugees, and in 2018 was awarded the Excellence in Public Education Award by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Union – District 14. Networking at 5:30 p.m. dinner at 6:30 p.m., and the keynote speaker at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Non-WBN members can register at a guest for $50. Spaces are limited. For more information visit

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