Zahra Rayani-Kanji and husband Farhan Kanji pose for a family portrait with their three daughters.

Zahra Rayani-Kanji and husband Farhan Kanji pose for a family portrait with their three daughters.

GREATER VICTORIA FAMILY: Balancing business/family: Q&A

Pharmacist Zahra Rayani-Kanji tells readers how she manages work and home life

Zahra Rayani-Kanji is a pharmacist with family-owned Heart Pharmacy. She and husband Farhan Kanji, who also works with the company, live with their three daughters, one aged five and twins aged three.

Q How do you find time for “you” outside of being a “mom”?

A It’s a work in progress, but what I’m learning is about putting it on the calendar and treating it like I would a business meeting or a commitment with my kids. And my husband is highly supportive of me when I do find that time.

Q What is your idea of a great family getaway?

A When we manage a beach getaway it’s always loads of fun. We’ve done it locally and taken a flight together (to San Diego). Anywhere where it’s the five of us and our senses are getting stimulated and we get exhausted from the fun of the experience. That leads to a good night’s sleep.

Q What is your favourite family activity to share together?

A We have a bit of a routine on Sunday morning or one of the weekend days where we cook breakfast together. Dad’s on the stove, we’re all participating and dancing and relaxed with no other interruptions and the kids are up there mixing, tasting and helping dad.