Inspired by her own childhood experience of immigration and belonging, Neekee is a Social Worker at YWCA Hamilton helping newcomer women settle in Canada. Through her work, she passionately gives back to the settlement services community that was once critical in helping her family navigate life as newcomers.
Seeking new opportunities, her family emigrated from Gujarat, India to the United States in 2001 when Neekee was only eleven years old. Being part of the Ismaili Muslim community, the family felt unsafe in the wake of growing Islamophobia after the September 11 attacks. They moved to Hamilton in 2003 where they found a welcoming environment to settle in and a supportive community in their local Ismaili Jamatkhana.