Wafa Bilal

Wafa is based out of Surrey, BC and comes to Thrive Youth with a Bachelors in Cultural Adaptation and Early Childhood Education and twenty plus years of Program Management experience in the non-profit sector.

Wafa’s connection to Thrive Youth is the organization’s approach to seeing the potential in young people and helping them create a path to success (whatever success means to them). She believes if she can make a positive difference in even one child/youth’s life, she has done her job!

If Wafa could be any artform, she would be visual art – specifically historical art – as understanding the art products and historic development of the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts, drawing, printmaking, etc. is intriguing to her. If she could have someone paint a picture of her anywhere in the world, she would want it to be in Turkey as one of the great leaders in the Ottoman Empire

Wafa’s favorite creative memories are working on art projects with her son including creating shoes from newspapers and creating pieces of art from natural materials like sticks, stones, leaves, etc. Her most recent beloved art memory is visiting Rome with her family!

When not working, Wafa loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, hiking, and trying new recipes.