Chand Gul is a Clinical Psychologist by profession and training and a community developer by choice, who aspires to contribute to the betterment of the social fabric around her, be it Rural Pakistan or cosmopolitan Edmonton. She has been engaged in community development since the age of 9 when she enrolled in Girls Guide Nightingale. Currently serving as a Behavioural Specialist with Alberta Health Services, she has in the past catered to the mental needs of clients from varying social strata of the Pakistani society. Taking a sabbatical after marriage to start a family in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, she then immigrated to Canada. With a passion to once again engage in the labour market, she wasted no time in getting herself involved with the community of Edmonton. A natural people person, she excelled in supporting a program catering specifically to immigrant women, to aid their assimilation into the Canadian fabric. Through the process, she has mentored over 700 new immigrants to the Edmonton region.
Chand is currently the president of the Alberta Pashtoon Association which she spearheaded into inception in 2017; the director of the Women Wing for the Pakistan Canada Association of Edmonton; an Associate member with the Islamic Circle of North America; and has also served as Youth mentor to the Edmonton Immigrant Services Association and served as a board of Director in Southern Water District Partenership in Pakistan.
Chand has twice represented her northern home province in Pakistan to compete in the Women’s National Games Pakistan in floor hockey and relay race. Additionally, she is the founder of the Science Society in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province in Pakistan; an active member of the Khyber Literary Society, and a member in the Pakistan Anti-Smoking Society.
Chand has served as a Social motivator with the United Nations Development Project for poverty alleviation in Pakistan, which she found to be an enriching experience and a catalyst for her to work on seeking ways to help women who were suffering on the financial, domestic, economic, physical, mental or social fronts.
Chand’s passion lies in giving back to the community. Earlier in 2019, she led a commendable campaign to contest the NDP party’s nomination from Edmonton-Meadows. The experience garnered her respect in the community and insights into the political machinery which can benefit society. A staunch advocate of human rights, she takes upon every opportunity to lend her voice to platforms that may benefit fellow humans.