Our Trailblazers Drs Asile and Asraa El-Darahali

Our world was turned upside down today with the tectonic shift in the voting landscape of our American neighbours. I wish to remain hopeful for the future, for all of us and that one day, someone young woman known to you or me would be counted among the greats as world leaders.

Today one of the best messages I have seen posted on social media was this message from my friend Jill Laing to her daughters.

"Nelson Mandela said: "I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward to the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat."

Teaching my two beautiful young women that to be strong requires courage and to be optimistic requires resolve is made all the more difficult by consequential events like that which has transpired in the last 24 hours. This is truly a moment that tests our faith. But I will continue to work hard to teach my lovelies (both in words and in actions) that they must keep their heads pointed toward the sun and their feet moving forward while remaining strongly convicted to their principles and always fighting, with class and dignity, for what they believe in." (Jill Laing). I hope we can  all take comfort in these words.

Our Trailblazers this week are sisters and Doctors Asile and Asraa El-Darahali graduated from Dalhousie University. On Thursday evening they will be among the many award recipients for their work in our community and abroad. Drs El-Darahali are no ordinary dentists. They accomplished and respected in our communities here and abroad for their dedication to making the world a better place and give back to their community.

They are admired for their service to humanity. They are known for organizing a food drive, clothing for refugees, fundraising and many other humanitarian initiatives. In the fall of 2015, they took on their most ambitious challenge ever.  They took a trip to Jordan to serve as volunteers and provide dental care for Syrian refugee children.  Their spirit of compassion resonated with the children because they knew first-hand what it meant to experience such challenges.  They remembered the kindness shown to them by Canadians when their family escaped Kuwait during the Gulf War. They have dedicated their time to supporting the less fortunate.

They would be recognized and joining a long list of Dalhousie University alumni who have made a difference in the lives of others. These two sisters plan to change the world by just touching one life at a time.

We wish them continued success in their quest to make a difference.

See their video link: Drs Asile and Asraa El-Darahali sisters:


(the picture is credited to Dalhousie Uiversity library)