Shahab Shafai's Story
Shahab Shafai first came to Canada from Iran in 1976, arriving in Winnipeg, Manitoba. There he lived and studied for 11 years completing high school, and bachelors and masters degrees in engineering.
After a very short stint in Terrace Bay, Ontario late in 1987, he moved to the Kitchener-Waterloo area where he would live and work for the next 16 years.
Shahab came to Oxford County in 2004, and today is the Manager of Wastewater Services in Public Works for Oxford County. He has found life in Oxford to be a perfect pace after a busy day at work:
”I like the calm and quietness and shorter line ups and much smaller traffic jams. I love the country roads all around us which I take full advantage of on a daily basis to drive on and enjoy the beautiful farming scenery.”
Another thing Shahab enjoys about living in Oxford is the climate:
”When I first moved to Winnipeg, getting used to - 40 degree Celsius cold and 8 months of winter was certainly difficult. Winters in Southern Ontario are much more like the climate I was born and spent my early years in. Compared to Manitoba, winters in Oxford County are more like spring.”
While Shahab likes the smaller size of communities in Oxford, he also appreciates the County’s central location, noting that the GTA is only an hour and a half away:
”Being so close to larger centers such as Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, London, Hamilton, Burlington, and Toronto has given me the opportunity to enjoy attending professional sports matches such as Canadian football, hockey, basketball, baseball, and Indy and Le Mans car racing.”
In Oxford, Shahab has found a vibrant and welcoming community as well as a variety of activities such as tennis, volleyball, and Toastmasters in which to participate. He has established himself as part of the community and has built a large circle of local friends. In fact, it’s the people that he thinks are Oxford’s greatest strength:
”I love the people in Oxford County, they are one of the most hard working people I have met in Canada in the last 35 years.”