Iman was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta to immigrant parents who moved to Canada from Tunisia, North Africa. She is a first generation Canadian and extremely proud of her heritage and the opportunity her parents have given her by immigrating to Canada to raise their family.
Two months before her seventh birthday, Iman witnessed her father brutally murder her mother.
Iman’s father was sentenced to 25 years in prison and Iman was put into foster care. She spent the next 12 years living with four different families in 10 different homes and attended 10 different schools.
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In the foster home that Iman lived with the longest, her guardians were addicted to drugs and alcohol and suffered from mental illness. Iman spent many days and nights feeling the pain of hunger. They relied on welfare and the food bank to survive. “Even though I never knew the strangers that were helping us, I was forever grateful for them and what they brought to our home” says Iman.
Upon reaching adulthood, Iman knew she needed to make a choice to either allow her circumstance to rule her or to create the fulfilled life she desperately longed for. After investing in years of education, therapy, counseling and coaching, Iman has been able to create a life filled with success, happiness, abundance, gratitude and forgiveness.
Today, Iman is a transformational speaker, empowerment trainer, published author and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Her memoir, “Cracked Open – Never Broken” will be available November 2017. Through sharing her own story of trauma and triumph she hopes to inspire the lives of others and spark the possibility for greatness that lies within us all.