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Profession: Communications Professional/Journalist/Writer
Age: 39 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 16

Kiran’s expertise resides in telling the right story.

Kiran Malik-Khan, 39, is the communications coordinator for the Fort McMurray Public School District. She’s a TEDx Fort McMurray speaker, a freelance journalist who loves sharing stories about Fort McMurray, and a social media specialist. The co-founder and Public Relations Director for NorthWord magazine, Wood Buffalo’s first and only literary magazine, she’s also the co-founder and president of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray, a committee that has brought the conversation about the Islamic headscarf front and centre in our region.

Having lived in Fort McMurray for almost 16 years, Kiran is a community leader. Known as a fierce advocate for women’s rights, and social justice, she’s a promoter of diversity, as well as equality for all.

In past years, Kiran has been on the Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards Organizing Committee, and the United Way Board of Directors and Member Communications Committee. In 2014 she was named a Woman of Inspiration by Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta. In 2011, she was among Connect Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40.

Kiran is married to Mohammad, and together they have two beautiful boys, Sheheryar, and Shahzaib. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, and poetry, and when asked what her favourite thing about living in Wood Buffalo is, she’s sure to answer: the region’s diversity.

Kiran’s passion for diversity, and dedication to educating people about the hijab is what has made her one of YMM’s Top 50 Under 50.

IN HER OWN WORDS: “We are nothing if not service to others. Leave the world better than you found it.”