Hey! My name is Asalah, I’m a Gr 11 student at Langley Fine Arts School where I major in photography.
I was born in Cairo, Egypt, but moved to Canada when I was one and a half. My mother is from England and my father is from Egypt. I always say my voice is half and half, I have a touch of an English accent with a bit of Canadian as well which makes me pronounce some words funny. I have travelled to Egypt twice since I was born, and have been in all three pyramids! Travelling is something I want to do a lot more as I believe it’s an opportunity to learn so much.
I am passionate about photography, social justice, advocating for human & animal rights. This passion for social justice has lead me to do lots of public speaking in schools and at events & conferences (which never gets less scary). I believe youth have a huge ability to make a difference and use their voice for causes and issues they are passionate about. I find joy in being involved in as many things as I can, in and outside of school. I have just taken on the roll of running the Green Team at school as well as a Mindfulness Club, which are two subjects I am so passionate about. I enjoy being a part of the school community because it gives me a chance to make a difference with likeminded people. Outside of school I am involved with the organization WE which lead me to travel all around Canada speaking at their inspiring event called WE Day & I am on the Speakers Bureau for Plan Canada, working on achieving gender equality.
Though I absolutely love being involved with so many things, sometimes it can be challenging. Finding a balance of taking care of my school priorities, health and keeping myself busy is something I am always improving.
I value going out in nature and spending as much time outdoors as possible. This means that I am almost always either on a bike ride, on a hike or with my horse. Being around nature and mountains fills me with joy. Most of the time when I go outside I am not alone, I am in the wonderful company of my mother. She is my adventure buddy that I do so much with. When I’m not outside, in school, or working on projects I also love baking. I am vegan, which means I don’t eat dairy, meat or eggs, so I love experimenting and trying new recipes (my favourite one being cinnamon rolls)!
I am very excited to be a part of Butterfly effect and to connect with wonderful people around the world. I hope to create a photography project that helps to change people’s perspective and asks questions in a positive way, because I believe photography and film have the power to create a huge difference in the world.