Sima’s Background

Sima and family
Sima and her family after graduating from high school.

Sima was born in Abadan, Iran and grew up in Saddeh, Jamshid-Abad, the mostly Arab-populated and the poorest neighbourhood in Abadan. It was a community with a high rate of unemployment, illiteracy and gang-related incidents.

Sima in grade 12
Sima--Grade 12, Abadan.

Sima was the eldest of nine children. From childhood, she learned the value and power of education. In the mid-80s she immigrated to Canada.