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Rashique Ramiz - Helping to shape a better world


Rashique Ramiz

University of Regina graduate student Rashique Ramiz is living proof that a can-do attitude and unbridled resourcefulness can overcome any setback.

Rashique grew up in Bangladesh with scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and was bullied throughout his youth. His family moved around a lot due to his father’s work which made it challenging for Rashique to develop friendships and excel in school. In spite of the odds, he obtained his undergraduate degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering in Bangladesh and was determined to be accepted into the U of R’s Kenneth Levene School of Business. “My grades were not good enough and I struggled with English,” the quiet but determined 29-year-old says. Undaunted, he went to Canadore College in Ontario to build up his language skills and even received academic honours for his IT and Project Management Certificate. “I finally made it to U of R,” he grins.

This past August, Rashique became the IT Communications Specialist on a Co-op term with the newly established University of Regina’s Child Trauma Research Centre. CTRC was created to focus attention on issues pertaining to child trauma, such as poverty, addiction, violence and neglect in the home, which can severely impact child and youth mental well-being.

“Rashique has wowed us with his ability to get our Digital Connections Hub up and running (www.childtraumaresearch.ca),” says CTRC Director Nathalie Reid. “It’s a collection of online resources for those in child-serving capacities to support children and families in vulnerable contexts. Rashique’s creativity, IT and digital knowledge mobilization are helping us better respond to child trauma, with the ultimate goal of preventing it in the first place.”

One of Rashique’s projects has been to develop a survey in conjunction with the Faculty of Education to see how teachers, administrators and school staff are faring during the pandemic.  “They’ve been faced with huge stress in re-thinking the way they teach,” he says.

Sadly, Rashique’s father passed away from COVID last September. To help out his mom and sister back home, Rashique puts in a full day with CTRC, then helps his wife with their new baby, and then works online until 1:00 a.m. managing his late father’s struggling business. He does it because he knows it’s his duty to give back. “I have every reason to make the world a better place for my daughter,” he says proudly. “Because of her, I keep pushing ahead.”

The CTRC was able to move forward as a research centre with significant seed funding from generous donors. There continues to be a need for support of the CTRC so they can continue to have an impact on supporting children and youth in need, with the help of Rashique who will be busy assisting in bolstering resilience in schools through the development of a neurological-based tool kit for vulnerable children and youth.

To read more of Rashique's story visit the Spring/Summer 2021 edition of Degrees Magazine in June.

To learn more about the University of Regina's Child Trauma Research Centre, contact Erin Werner at 306- 530-6772  or erin.werner@uregina.ca

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