Speaker Date Topic
Shela Hirani, PhD, MScN, BScN, RN, IBCLC Apr 30, 2024
Breastfeeding and Parenting Challenges Encountered By Refugee and Immigrant Mothers

Shela Hirani is an Associate Professor and Chair of Council Committee on Research at University of Reginal, Faculty of Nursing.  Her talk will be on breastfeeding and parenting challenges encountered by refugee and immigrant mothers in Saskatchewan, Canada: A Call to Action.

Summary of Talk:  Refugee and immigrant mothers, who often experience separation from extended family, socioeconomic hardships and social disconnection in a new country, are at risk of experiencing reduced physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.  Saskatchewan has a noticeable increase in refugee and immigrant populations with young children and limited availability of healthcare settings with baby-friendly initative (BFI) status.  Refugee and immigrant mothers in Canada are reported to have a lesser duration of breastfeeding, this imposes a variety of health challenges for the young children and makes them prone to poor developmental outcomes, malnutrition and illinesses.  Breastfeeding is an essential and complete source of nutrition to promote young children's growth and development.  Breastfeeding is recongnized as providing nutritional, developmental, psychological, environmental and economic benefits, that are essential to save the lives of "at-risk" young children.  In this knowledge translation event, Dr. Shela Hirani will present barriers encountered by the refugee and immigrant mothers in Saskatchewan and discuss recommendations on ways to promote, protect and support breastfeeding practices of these vulnerable groups.

Sonja Suset Apr 30, 2024
Visit from the District Governor
Visit to St. Edward's School May 07, 2024
Nadera Batori May 21, 2024
Fleeing the Taliban

Nadera has been to our club meetings a few times now.  She is a remarkable individal with a compelling store to share.  Nadera is a refugee from Afghanistan who arrived in Saskatoon in 2022 alongside a group of 300 students fleeing the Taliban coup d-etat.  Nadera, a former 3rd year medical student, faced the unfortunate circumstance of being unable to continue her medical studies due to the polital upheavel in her home country.  Undeterred, she seized opportunities through a federally funded internship program which led her to valuable experiences with Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation.  

Join us for an informative and inspiring presentation from Nadera on her refugee journey and challengers of being separated from her family.