Alberta businesswoman Salma Lakhani named lieutenant-governor, first Muslim in role in Canada [Video]

Alberta businesswoman Salma Lakhani named lieutenant-governor, first Muslim in role in Canada [Video]

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named business owner and philanthropist Salma Lakhani as Alberta's new lieutenant-governor.

The Canadian Press

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named business owner and philanthropist Salma Lakhani as Alberta’s new Lieutenant-Governor.

When she formally takes over the role, Ms. Lakhani will become Canada’s first Muslim Lieutenant-Governor.

She replaces Lois Mitchell as the Queen’s representative in the province.

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Ms. Lakhani has been long recognized for her work and philanthropy in a range of fields, including health care and human rights.

She has mentored young students with English as a second language and helped steer a committee dedicated to helping vulnerable women gain access to education.

Ms. Lakhani was born in Uganda and has an honours degree in clinical biochemistry from the University of Manchester.

She has been in Edmonton for more than 40 years, owning and operating an early childhood education centre.

In 2005, she was awarded the Alberta Centennial …

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