Farida Gabbani

Farida Gabbani

Senior Director at Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

1660 Hollis Street 9Th Floor , Suite 905, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
HQ Phone:
(902) 424-4043

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I.M. Marsh College of Physical Education

Master of ArtsSt. Mary's University , Halifax


Board Member - Sport Nova Scotia

Board Member - Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport

Board Member - Truro Sport Heritage Society

Board Member - Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation

Executive Council Member of the Board - CAHPERD

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Farida Gabbani

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Board of Directors | Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity

Farida Gabbani (Truro, NS)
Farida Gabbani recently retired as Senior Director, Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, where she tackled the issue of inactivity and focused on healthy lifestyles in the province. Farida has experience at the local, provincial and national levels, working in a wide range of aspects of education, health, sport, recreation and physical activity. Over the years, she has been both a member of and led various committees as well as served on various boards of directors discussing policy issues, including Sport Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation, Truro Sport Heritage Society and CAHPERD (presently PHE Canada). Well known across Canada, Farida's influence has spread well beyond our shores where she has delivered high quality workshops and developed various teaching strategies and curriculum with local teachers in both the Eastern Caribbean and Africa. Over the course of her career, she has been a tireless champion for equity and diversity including issues related to women and gender equity; she was the co-author of 3 gender equity teachers resources and served as CAHPERD's representative at the 2002 International and National Women in Sport Conferences. She was educated at the I.M. Marsh College of Physical Education in England and completed both a Master of Education and Master of Arts at St. Mary's University, Halifax, where she was awarded the Gold Medal for academic achievement. In her retirement, Farida is presently the interim Secretariat for the Intergovernmental Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Committee (SPARC).

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The women on the CAAWS board reflect a spectrum of experts in sport and physical activity from across the country: returning member Farida Gabbani, retired Senior Director, Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, new members Leanne Nicolle, Executive Director of the Canadian Olympic Foundation and Nathalie Cook, Vice-President of Sales and Brand Partnerships, TSN.

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