About Anita Dizdar
A native of the former Yugoslavia, Anita Dizdar attended
RKUD Pelagic folk dancing school and played team handball
for eight years for ZRK Mlados in her hometown of Banja
Luka, representing Bosnia and Herzegovina for three years
in her mid-teens. Beginning at age 16, Anita Dizdar
watched her country become ravaged by war, and she tried
to help others while learning to survive and live with
limited resources. Three years later, in 1994, with the
country still at war, the International Organization for
Migration relocated Anita Dizdar’s family to Seattle,
Drawn to children, Anita Dizdar accepted a position in
Washington as a Teacher’s Aide. Recognizing the challenge
parents face without enough resources, she became
determined to open her own daycare facility. Waiting for
the right time, Anita Dizdar next joined Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport (Sea-Tac) as a Lead Sales Associate
in a gift shop while pursuing paralegal and business
administration studies at Highline Community College in
Des Moines, Washington, and Renton Technical College in
Renton, Washington. She earned an Associate of Arts degree.
When her father experienced a stroke in 2004, Anita Dizdar
devoted herself to his recovery. She gave birth to a child
in 2005 and again began to envision opening her own daycare.
Through the State of Washington, Anita Dizdar has obtained
a license to provide daycare as Rainbow Kids LLC.
Unfortunately, the economy has not yet cooperated, and plans
to open the facility remain on hold. Anita Dizdar remains
active in childcare by volunteering at a local elementary
school where she enjoys the interaction with children.
Currently, she works as a Relationship Manager in the
banking industry in Renton, Washington.
In addition to aiding the Renton School District as a
classroom volunteer, Anita Dizdar supports Public Safety
Employees Union 519 and regularly donates to Goodwill
Industries International, Inc. Although 17 years have
passed since Anita Dizdar left Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Banja Luka remains in her heart, and she still dreams of
living in her hometown.