At veza, we honour the work of inspiring leaders every single day. Not just the known and notable but rather, everyday women who are drawing upon and celebrating their culture while making a lasting difference in their community using their gifts. From authors and teachers, CEOs to entrepreneurs, not-for-profit directors, artists, and more, these women are changing the face of leadership.

These are truly women to watch and veza community is so pleased to share their brilliance.

May their stories inspire YOU to rise.

Meet Nycki Basra.

As a child her parents instilled in Nycki the values of “Seva” (selfless service). Learning these values at a young age has passionately guided Nycki to serve Vancouver, her home and community. Nycki has served many years volunteering for various organizations and these experiences have made her well versed in the issues of housing, transportation, and the opioid crisis that Vancouver currently faces.

Nycki has over 20 years of law enforcement experience where she spent several years working in the Downtown Eastside on key files such as the Missing Women Task Force. Nycki is presently a member of the Vancouver IOOF, where she helps raise funds for organizations such as WISH Drop-in Centre and Starlight Children’s Foundation. Nycki holds a degree in Communication and a Juris Doctorate in Law. She has extensive experience working on large projects at the local, national and international levels. Presently, Nycki is an articling for a boutique law firm in Yaletown completing her requirements to become a lawyer. Nycki has volunteered for the Red Cross, Western Canada’s Wilderness Committee, the Canadian Cancer Society, Student Legal Services and the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace. Nycki was a member of the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Council and chaired the Richmond Law Enforcement Multicultural Advisory Committee.

Nycki’s primary goal is to advocate for the interests of the citizens of Vancouver and ultimately to create a community that will be a model for the world. “We come from all walks and depths of this world and have come together to live in this beautiful city, let us create a community where we can grow and learn with each other.” Nycki’s unwavering commitment to work alongside her community with transparency and accountability will ensure your voice is heard at City Hall.

Tell me in 100 words who you are? How would you describe yourself.

So tell us, Nycki: What inspires you most? What motivates you to get up every morning?

My desire to make the world a better place.

What is it that you feel that you teach others through how you act/show up each day?

To see the bright side of things.

What is one change you’d like to see in the world?

Equity… as it pertains to access, opportunity and success.

Which of your contributions to date have given you the greatest sense of pride?

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