Loss of a dear friend and co-worker
It is with deep sorrow that our Constituency Office reports the passing of our dear friend, co-worker and Constituency Assistant, Humaira Hamayun. Humaira had waged a long and brave fight against cancer since September of 2013, and passed away at Credit Valley Hospital on the evening of May 13. Her family and many friends were with her.
Humaira was respected and loved by all who knew her and worked with her. Pakistani-born and raised, she had lived in Europe and the Middle East before coming to Canada with her husband, Hamayun Jilani and their daughter Duaa. Following the 2011 election, Humaira was unexpectedly blessed with a pregnancy, and gave birth to the couple’s son, Jibran Jilani on September 2, 2012. At work, she will be missed by Executive Assistant Andrzej Hoffmann; Legislative Assistant Cassandra George; Office Manager Magnolia Ma, and Constituency Assistant Monika Duggal. She leaves us to be re-united with Allah.
Fluent in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Farsi and English, Humaira worked with us to serve our residents and neighbours in their language, and to provide us the ability to understand and outreach into the south Asian community in Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville. Her smiling face and perpetual good humour, along with her outstanding capacity for work and remarkable insights into individuals and communities helped our office build our presence and credibility. Humaira and Hamayun frequently joined Andrea and I to attend community events in Peel Region.
Humaira and her family became proud and passionate Canadians at their first opportunity. The whole office turned out to see one of our own become one of us in every sense of the word.
Humaira had returned from her maternity leave in the summer of 2013 when the first symptoms of something wrong began. Following six rounds of chemotherapy, and in the middle of radiation treatment, Humaira visited the Legislature this past February. I introduced Humaira and her family to the House. On our way out of the government members’ lobby following Question Period, we met Premier Kathleen Wynne, who had earlier phoned Humaira when she began her chemotherapy last fall.
Humaira had been looking forward to coming back to work with us this spring. However, following the treatment, the cancer returned, and Humaira’s condition worsened rapidly. She was hospitalized at the Trillium and Credit Valley sites, between short periods at home. She returned to Credit Valley Hospital during the first week of May, where she passed away on the evening of May 13.
Last Prayers for Humaira
Humaira’s life was celebrated during the Salatul Janazah (Last Prayers) with her many friends and family at the ISNA Mosque in Mississauga on May 14. The interment (Tadfeen) followed the Last Prayers. She was laid to rest at the Meadowvale Cemetery, in Brampton, as she had requested. Our hearts and thoughts are with Hamayuun, Duaa and little Jibran, and the families of Humaira and Hamayun back in Pakistan.
Thoughts from friends
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