Gulzar + Afzal
My mother, the youngest of 7, lost both her parents at a very young age and was raised by her siblings. Six siblings = learning to negotiate and be independent!
My father grew up in the hotel business and learned about people and entrepreneurship.
From a very young age, both were FIERCE while staying true to themselves and always doing the right thing. Together, they were unstoppable.
Migrating from East Africa in 1974 to Ontario was tough. The struggle of no decent jobs, and very few opportunities, had them setting their sights on Alberta. Just 4 years later they, along with a few other family members, bought the very first motel in Edmonton.
And so it began!
My parents were visionaries. This story started like many of those coming to Canada as new immigrants, they simply wanted establish themselves in a new country and provide a better life for their daughters. In 1983, they named their company what is known today as ZS Holdings after Zainul and I. From generation to generation, the legacy of our mom and dad, the legacy of hospitality, remains strong.
We are truly the epitome of a family business and will always be guided by the principles that my mom and dad founded it on – hard work, dedication, and exceptional hospitality.
Our family welcomes you to the Boulevard.
Shazma Charania, President ZS Holdings