University grad hopes others take inspiration from her story

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Rehona Zamani, who was recently accepted to U of T’s Faculty of Medicine, says her upbringing in Toronto Community Housing helped inform her health-care studies (photo by Chris Sasaki)

Rehona Zamani recently became the first woman in her family to receive a university degree.

“I’m very proud of that,” she says. “This is a big milestone for my family.”

The daughter of refugees from Afghanistan, Zamani graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in global health and nutritional sciences, and a minor in immunology.

A degree from the Faculty of Arts & Science is just the latest of Zamani’s many honours. She has received Toronto Community Housing’s Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship, a Terry Fox Humanitarian Award and the Annie L. Laird Prize in Nutritional Sciences.

Zamani, a student at Victoria College, has made a point of giving back to the communities and organizations that are important in her life. She was a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program until her third year and continues to be a mentor and youth leader at Toronto Community Housing.

What’s next? Zamani was recently accepted into U of T’s Faculty of Medicine.

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