Mariam “Flavia” Mveba
I was born in Jinja, Uganda. Growing up in a culturally rich and diverse nation, I developed a
deep appreciation for the traditions, values, and sense of community that define Ugandan
society. These formative years instilled in me a strong work ethic, resilience, and a love for
learning that would prove invaluable in the years to come.
In 1996, my life took a significant turn when I took a bold decision to relocate to
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This move was driven by curiosity, a pursuit of new
opportunities and a desire for personal and professional growth. Adapting to a new country,
culture, and climate was not without its challenges, but I faced them with determination and a
I pursued my education in the health field at The Northern Alberta Institute of
Technology in Edmonton (NAIT). Following my education, I embarked on a rewarding
career path in the health sector, where I made significant contributions for over 17 years. My
thirst for education did not end there, I took on a new role as Newcomer/Immigrant Liaison
after studying Settlement Studies at NorQuest college.
Throughout my time in Edmonton, I have been an active member of the community,
volunteering for various causes and organizations. Such as Edmonton Food Bank, Uganda
Culture Association of Alberta, and Alberta Black Therapist Network. I have demonstrated a
commitment to giving back and supporting those in need, reflecting the strong sense of
community spirit I inherited from my Ugandan upbringing.
In addition to my professional pursuits, and community involvement, my passion for
gardening mirrors my commitment to nurturing growth and fostering connections, essential
qualities in my work with newcomers. My love for hiking parallels the resilience required
assisting newcomers as they embark on their new journeys, and lastly my cooking enthusiasm
embodies the appreciation I have for diverse cuisines and cultural integration that I advocate
for in my role.