Managing Energy

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Over the past few months, I have been working very hard. It started innocently enough. I was working 3 days a week and was managing work and life in nice balance. Over time, as my projects increased, I found I was dedicating more and more time at work. 3 days became 4 days, and then…

Living in the Front Row of Life

Munira and Lynda - July 2013

I spent a beautiful afternoon yesterday with my friend, Lynda Cavanagh, and her husband Dave.  Lynda and I have been friends for more than 20 years when we worked together at Scotiabank.  I have wonderful memories of going to Lynda’s place for tree trimming, year after year, when Shayne and Sabrina were little.  We would … Continue reading


  “Munira, you and I are on a parallel journey. We are going to fight this together.” I still remember Tony Gemmiti saying this to me, with such optimism, with such hope, at the Multiple Myeloma Walk on June 22nd, just a couple of weeks ago. Never could I have imagined these would be the … Continue reading

Pascale Gagne, my friend.

“Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that they are happy.” – Inuit Legend

A Great Day for Walking!


  June 22, 2014, Toronto — She took the train from Boston to Buffalo last night, and then woke up at 4:30 a.m. this morning to drive from Buffalo to Toronto, just so that she could walk by my side at the 2014 Journey to Conquer Cancer.  This crazy, beautiful, irreverent, feisty friend of mine is Lu’Wana Harris!  She … Continue reading

What is your birth song?

There is a book I’m currently reading called, “Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community” by Sobonfu Somé.   It is a poignant, compelling read of the Dagara tribe and how children are considered the soul of every Dagara village.  Somé outlines rituals that begin even before the child is born right … Continue reading

A Time for Reflection, and a Day for Walking

TORONTO, Canada, May 25, 2014 — Today has been a day of reflection, of contemplation and of joy.  It is World Partnership Walk day, an event that my family and I have been participating in for more than 25 years. This Walk is one of the largest fundraising events in Canada to support the world’s poorest communities in … Continue reading

Going Back to the Basics!

Monday, May 19th, 2014 — It all started in Florida last month.  I tried to put on my denim shorts and it would not fit.  So I figured I probably brought Sabrina’s much smaller shorts by mistake.  But no, these were my shorts.  Size 8 Old Navy shorts that fit me perfectly six months ago.  … Continue reading

The Footprints We Leave Behind

As a young child growing up in a small town in Tanzania, there were a few people that made an indelible impression on me: a couple of teachers, a handful of business people, older cousins, an aunt I was particularly fond of. And then there was Shah, …

Happily Ever After

Nagib & Munira Premji

One day there was a little girl. She was rather plain and ordinary and loved to read well into the night. She had a secret wish that one day Prince Charming would come into her life, sweep her off her feet and they would live happily ever after. In the same kingdom, lived a little … Continue reading


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