inding projects to support the community and move it forward in unique and different ways is what Naz Dizai loves to do.
One of those projects happens Thursday, Sept. 24 when as part of the Raise a Reader campaign there will be a Literacy is Life Trivia Night fundraiser at the Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar.
Dizai, who owns 50th Parallel Public Relations, is the marketing, communications and community engagement consultant for Raise a Reader and says the trivia night is going to be a lot of fun.
Teams of four (entry $300) or six ($400) can dress in their best costumes for the event, but space is limited to 60 so register soon (deadline is noon Tuesday, Sept. 22) by calling Dizai at 250-615-6516.
Dizai’s enthusiasm for the inaugural Comox Valley Raise a Reader trivia night is carried over into the many public relations ventures she’s involved.
Born and raised in Windsor, Ont., Dizai had her sights set on a career in P.R. from an early age.
“I’m passionate about my work. I’ve been doing this for over five years now, and it’s crazy to think that I’ve never really had a moment where I thought of doing something else.”
Dizai has a BA in communications and media studies from the University of Windsor and did her post grad in public relations at Humber College in Toronto.
Dizai’s spouse is with the RCMP, and they came to the Valley a year ago when he was posted here.
“I love the Valley. I never want to leave,” she says. “I feel really connected to the area. It’s such a great place to live. Everyone is so supportive and welcoming of me. It’s been great to transition into a community like that – and I don’t miss the snow at all!” she added with a laugh.
When she arrived in the Valley, Dizai took a job with the Chamber of Commerce filling in on a paternity leave, and that position wraps up this month.
That leaves her more time for her P.R. business and also to work on her blog Girl Meets Island, where she covers local events with photographer Ross Bodenman.
“My focus with that is I really want to help promote people doing awesome things, businesses and events in the Comox Valley,” she says.
She has hired two consultants to help her with her growing business, and notes hard work runs in her family.
“I’m a first generation Canadian. My mom is (an immigrant) from Guyana and my dad is a war refugee from Iraq. Because of that I’m open minded to approaching things in different ways.
“My parents are such hard workers. Education and work and having a clear focus is very important to my family.”
The Raise a Reader Literacy is Life Trivia Night fundraiser will certainly benefit from Dizai’s hard work. The event runs from 6-10 p.m. and is adult only.
Proceeds will support local literacy programs such as Comox Valley Lifelong Learning and the Adult Learning Centre.