As LIFT’s HR and Operations Coordinator, Haleema’s role is to maximize office efficiency over the long-term by cultivating and maintaining good office relationships, procedures and practices on the interdepartmental level and within the human resources and finance departments. She handles the departments’ administrative responsibilities as it pertains to office management, benefits administration, recruiting, invoice processing, cash receipts and staff events.
Haleema was born in Pakistan and immigrated to Canada when she was still a child. Since she comes from an immigrant family, she knows the struggles of navigating society without any personal, social or financial resources. She wants to help make society easier to navigate for low-income and immigrant families so they can improve their economic mobility.
Haleema graduated from York University in Toronto with a Bachelors of Heath Studies in Health Management. She then went on to pursue a Masters in Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto and graduated with a Masters of Public Policy. Her previous Human Resources experience comes from working as the Human Resources Assistant at city hall in Mississauga, the 6th largest city in Canada. In this role, she focused on creating an inventory of cooperative education partnerships to identify whether the city was in line with their diversity and inclusion goals. She also worked as the Human Resources Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where she primarily focused on HR and finance support and administration while focusing on improving current processes to make them more efficient as organization was moving from paper-based to electronic-based information storage.