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2019 Immigrant Artist Award Winner: Safani

Safani - 2019 Immigrant Artist Award

Safani was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Canada in 2005.  She moved to Simcoe County in 2014, and now resides in Bradford West Gwillimbury. 

Safani has a passion for capturing wildlife everywhere, recently chronicling the adventures of a beaver family as they built a dam in a local subdivision reservoir. Many, who have seen these photos, are surprised and delighted to see the variety of wildlife that co-exists in their neighborhoods. 

Safani is an active and founding member of the Passion Made Studio Art Tour in Bradford West Gwillimbury.  She sets an example to other immigrants, joining various community organizations and supporting local initiatives by donating some of her art.  Her donations enhance public spaces and highlight the contributions of immigrant artists.   

The town of Bradford West Gwillimbury recently presented the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, a photograph of the historic Auld Kirk church taken by Safani.  She shares how humbled and delighted she was to meet the Queen’s representative.  Safani is grateful that the town appreciates her photography.