Selma Zahid is the Liberal Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre. She was elected to the House of Commons in 2015, and is currently a member on the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and the Public Accounts Committee.
Zihad has a strong background in governance and public policy, and worked as a senior advisor for the Ontario government in the office of the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade prior to the election.
Since immigrating to Canada in the late 1990s, Zahid has been an engaged member of the Scarborough community. She has an extensive background in community service and volunteerism, particularly with organizations aimed at helping youth and families.
She has served as Chair of the Regent Park Duke of York Public School Parent Council, and was instrumental in the development of the Youth Reading Club and Skating Program. She has also been an active volunteer with a number of local food banks, as well as her local mosque, Jamia Abu Bakar.
Zahid’s community involvement, particularly with groups dedicated to supporting youth and women’s issues, earned her the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Meritorious Community Service.
She holds a Master’s in Educational Management and Administration from the University of London’s Institute of Education and an MBA from Quaid e Azam University in Pakistan.
Salma, her husband Salman, and their sons Umaid and Usman are longtime residents of Scarborough.