“She was all in,” Hope added, praising her allyship and devoted support. “She really embodied this idea of being an ally – of someone who wasn’t trying to lead from the front, but was there to support and was there to learn what was putting relationships first.”
The Choudhury and Hope families became close friends. She was funny. Reliable, trustworthy, passionate. Connected. “She was an incredibly charismatic woman,” Hope said. “She would always have us in stitches in the office, she had an ability to just build relationships with folks, despite the background. She had such a brilliant mind.”
As a student in OISE’s Bachelor of Education in the “Secondary Program: Inner City Education” academic cohort (SP:ICE), she was active in and out of the classroom. But, she didn’t stop connecting with her peers.
“I remember on the first day, we somehow were introducing ourselves, some sort of go around. And it turned out that we both are involved in some organizing, and we were drawn to each other,” Ben Saifer (BEd 2014), who met Fariah when they each first attended OISE. “We developed a very personal relationship, but it came out of teaching and what our vision was for education.”
She showed nothing but passion, grit, and integrity to her friends and family. So, when Fariah passed away as a result of complications of her pregnancy in 2020, every person in her life felt a great loss. She was 35 years old.
“She was my best friend and somebody built a life with and was growing my life with,” said Ahsan, holding back tears.
However, her community couldn’t just leave it at that. No way.