Online Articles


The Ismaili Canada
For the Love of Gardens
Expressive Writing for Better Health

Asparagus
This Picture Book Helps Refugee Kids Integrate at School 
(Winner of a Silver Canadian Online Publishing Award 2021 – Best Feel Good Story)

CBC News British Columbia
We All Have Privilege to Some Degree. What We Do With It Matters
I’m Muslim and Didn’t Celebrate Christmas Growing Up. But My Canadian Kids Had Other Ideas

Maclean’s
Dear Dad: You Never Let Me Forget Where I Came From

Unearth Women
The First, Black Female Team To Row Across an Ocean

VancouverMom.ca
Donald Trump Created the Perfect Storm that Led to Children in Cages

Peace Arch News (Columnist from 2016-2020)
Finding Yourself at a Cultural Crossroads
Tolerance is Beneath Us
An Effort to be Neighbourly
Seeing Beyond our Differences
Plenty of Positive to Focus on Despite Tragedy
We All Come From Somewhere
Colourful Lessons Learned
Youth Keep an Open Mind
Help Those Close to Home
Shared Faith Bridges Gap in Long-Time Friendship
Tidings of Love Spring from Quebec Tragedy
Speaking Up For Change
Privilege Comes at a Cost

More columns are available upon request.

WestCoast Families
Parenting While Introverted: Tips & Tricks For Finding the Quiet You Crave

YMC.ca
The Laundry Playlist
What I Learned about Helping Someone Else’s Garden Grow
Don’t Wait for a Health Scare to Value Your Friendships
How This Muslim Girl Does Christmas
Join Me on Our Common Ground Because We Can’t Do This Alone
5 Lessons My Mom Taught Me During Her Too-Short Lifetime
Reflection (Voices of Motherhood Contest 2016 Runner-Up)
Colour Your Hair Because You Want To, Not Because You Want to Cover Up
Finding Myself on the Kitchen Floor (Voices of Motherhood Contest 2015 Runner-Up)
What Surprised Me Most About Motherhood (Voices of Motherhood Contest 2014 Grand Prize Winner) 
Two Years Ago I Made The Decision to Grow Grey

Served on the jury for the Voices of Motherhood Contest in 2017

CBC Parents
Every Summer I Look Forward to a Staycation Away From My Family
I Must Be A Role Model for My Daughter of Colour
How to Do Nothing and Still Have Time for Your Family
Mom ISO Mom Friends: How Technology is Helping Build a New Kind of Village

Surrey604.com
Vancouver Queer Film Festival Celebrates 30 Years
Ucluelet or Tofino? This Will Help You Decide
Visit Tulum and Xel-Ha On Your Next Trip to Mexico
Coffee Lovers: Make Your Next Brew a Level Ground Trade
The World-Wide Inspiration Behind Surrey’s Light Rail Transit
How Surrey’s Coastal Flooding Affects the Crescent Beach Community
The Dangers of Online Dating: Vancouver Web Series Launch Party
The City of Surrey Wants YOUR Input on Parks, Recreation and Culture
Lux-Me: A Futuristic Story About Love, Humanity and Children of Millennials
Mom’s The Word 3: Nest ½ Empty Now Playing At Surrey Civic Theatres
Diwali in B.C.: A Conversation with Artistic Director Rohit Chokani
3 Big Reasons To Stay at Four Points by Sheraton in Calgary West
5 Road Trip Tips to Keep Your Kids Happy (And You, Sane)
You’re Invited to the Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy Wrap-Up Event
Camera Security Systems for Surrey’s Public Safety
Celebrate the Grand Opening of Museum of Surrey on September 29
Monster: Not Just Another Film About South Asian Gang Violence in Surrey
Lack of Services for African Immigrant Youth in Surrey Addressed by Surrey Youth
How The City of Surrey – And You – Can Address Surrey’s Coastal Flooding
The Ridiculous Darkness: A Ridiculously Funny Play About Colonization
And The 2017 Surrey City Awards Go To 
Mindful Aging: The Secret To Growing Happier As You Grow Older
Who’s Up for a Surrey City Award This Year? We Have the Scoop
5 Local, Healthy Products at Choices Markets for Your Next Dinner Party
Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women to be Celebrated on June 6, 2017
Primo’s Mexican Grill Celebrates Its Relocation to White Rock
5 Foods You Absolutely Must Try on Your Next Trip to Victoria, B.C. 
Weekend Getaway with Friends at Cypress Mountain
The Family Behind Surrey’s Independent Movie Theatres 

Huffington Post Canada
Canada, Please Stay Tolerant For My Children 
Do The Good Guys Ever Really Win?
How An Article Written On a Whim Changed My Life

She Loves Magazine
Label Me Muslim

Cold Tea Collective
Indian-Ish: A New Cookbook That Dangles Between Cultures

Hello Creative Family
How to Write the Best Love Letter This Valentine’s Day

Writer, Editor and Instructor, Taslim Jaffer

About Taslim

Taslim Jaffer is a writer, editor and writing instructor with a special interest in culture, identity and home.

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Taslim Jaffer, Writer, Editor and Instructor
French Immersion Article
Don't be in the dark about Halloween Safety
Eco-friendly Effective Spring Cleaning
Helping Girls Reclaim Their Power

Speaking

Bringing important conversations to the stage is my jam. Over the years I have had many opportunities to give keynote speeches, moderate panels and be interviewed on radio. Contact me to learn how we can partner for your event.

Videos

Back Where I Came From panel at Word Vancouver 2020

Interview of Omar Mouallem at Word Vancouver 2021

Moms Run on Chai Commercial 2017

Virtual Book Launch for Tongues

Talk with Semiahmoo Arts about Expressive Writing for World Mental Health Day

Audio Clips

Moms Finding Community Online Through Blogging

by CKNW radio

Where Do You Come From - a Canada Day special

by CBC radio

I'm Muslim and Didn't Celebrate Christmas Growing Up

by CBC radio

Speaking Engagements

Tongues: On Longing and Belonging Through Language,
Virtual Book Launch, 2021 (moderator)

Praying to the West: Interview with Omar Mouallem,
Word Vancouver Festival, 2021 (moderator)

Back Where I Came From,
Word Vancouver Festival, 2020 (moderator)

The Road to Travel Writing,
Word Vancouver Festival, 2019 (moderator)

One-to-One with Pop Culture Writer Yasmine Shemesh,
Word Vancouver Festival, 2018 (moderator)

 

Multiculturalism in the Preschool Setting,
E.C.E. Teacher’s Training, Delta, B.C., 2016 and 2018 (keynote)

Your Muslim Neighbour,
International Women’s Day Symposium, Surrey, B.C., 2016 (keynote)

Demystifying Islam,
Unitarian Church, Vancouver, B.C., 2015 (keynote)

Demystifying Islam,
Unitarian Church, White Rock, B.C., 2014 (keynote)

Living an Authentic Life,
Ismaili Women’s Day Celebration, Burnaby, B.C., 2011 (keynote)

Editing

Associate Editor, The Ismaili Canada, 2020-present
Personal Stories Editor, Cold Tea Collective, 2019
Wellness Section Editor, South Asian Buzz, 2018
Baby Sign Language

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My work and my thoughts on various topics are featured in the media, and I welcome this as an opportunity to further conversations that matter. 

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