The rural, suburban, and urban contexts of British Columbia differ greatly in history, industry, and demography. As a result, our work is mindful of these features, especially as:

  • The largest non-religiously affiliated population in any Canadian province and territory resides in BC;
  • Approximately 6% of the population in BC is comprised of Indigenous individuals – more than double the population percentage in Ontario and Quebec in 2016 (Statistics Canada, 2018); and,
  • The largest Sikh population in Canada resides in BC.


Total population in private households by religion, in BC (2011)
Source: Statistics Canada. 2013. British Columbia (Code 59) (table). National Household Survey (NHS) Profile. 2011 National Household Survey. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 99-004-XWE. Ottawa. Released September 11, 2013.


Our BC Regional Director, Dr. Arzina Zaver, relates these details to our BC programming.


Arzina Zaver, Ph.D., Regional Director (British Columbia)

Arzina is a progressive and devoted educator with a Doctorate in Education from McGill University and 10 years’ experience in the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels. She has extensive national and international experience working with educational organizations to develop curricula, facilitate workshops, design and evaluate learning experiences, and oversee the training and development of staff.  Currently she works as the Training and Development Regional Academic Lead for ITREB Canada, a not-for profit education institution established under His Highness the Aga Khan.  Within this role, she oversees the professional development and mentorship of volunteer teachers across Western Canada. She is also the Subject Matter Expert (Professional Neutrality) at CCRL.linkedin