15 results for group: staff


Jannat Firdous

Jannat Firdous is NCCM's Education Coordinator. She has previously worked as a teacher for Syrian Refugee Students within the Niagara school board and on advocating for women’s educational success as an assistant coordinator at the YWCA Hamilton. Jannat has a range of experiences in education programs, including in experiential learning, administration, and community programs. Jannat is passionate about human rights, equity, and inclusion. She is committed to creating safe learning spaces for all students, and equipping them with the tools to identify and push back against systemic inequalities that affect their quality of learning. She ...

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Nima Macci

Nima has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary, with previous work experience in research and development and project engineering in the Canadian energy industry. Over the past five years, Nima has held numerous leadership positions in multiple Muslim and multi-faith organizations in Calgary. In May 2015, she became the first female President in the 54 year history of the Muslim Students’ Association at the University of Calgary. Nima has also served as the President of the Calgary Orphan Sponsorship Program, where she led the organization to exceed its fundraising targets two years in a row, implemented a junior ...

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Rizwan Mohammad

Rizwan Mohammad graduated from the University of Toronto specializing in Islamic Studies. Prior to joining NCCM, he conducted research on Islamic thought and Muslim life, educated leaders of Muslim Students' Associations, and served a diverse array of Muslim-led community organizations across Canada. For over 10 years, Rizwan managed national civic engagement projects focusing on mobilizing youth and community leaders in active citizenship and to engage in service learning activities designed to strengthen civil society. As NCCM's Advocacy Officer, Rizwan advocates for advancements in public policy nationally in service of the goal of eradicating ...

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Lina El Bakir

Lina El Bakir is NCCM's Quebec Advocacy Officer. She grew up in Montreal where she gained a deep appreciation for the strength of a diverse community. She is passionate about social justice which led her to pursue a degree in International Development and Globalization, as well as a Licence in Civil Law from the University of Ottawa. Lina also obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Montreal. Lina served as President of the student chapter of Lawyers Without Borders Canada at the University of Ottawa where she organized many conferences, workshops, and social events addressing human rights violations worldwide. As a research assistant, ...

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Ahmad Al Qadi

Ahmad Al Qadi is NCCM’s Ontario Regional Lead. Raised in Ottawa, Ahmad draws inspiration from local community leaders who bring people together to drive toward a common cause, whether it is a charity drive, or an arts and cultural event, or standing for justice. Ahmad has a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in English from Carleton University. He served as the President of the Carleton MSA, the largest student organization of the university which represented over 4000 Muslims on campus. During his tenure as MSA President, Ahmad led his team on several initiatives including social activities, Islamic lectures and workshops and more. As one of the ...

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Fatema Abdalla

Fatema graduated with a degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Ottawa, and is motivated to bring change in marginalized communities. With this purpose in mind, while in Ottawa Fatema became an active volunteer and community leader on campus and in local politics. She has a wide variety of experience in non-profit, public service, and campaign environments. She is driven to use her experiences for the betterment of all Canadians. Prior to her joining NCCM, Fatema mobilized youth and Canadian Muslims in her roles as a RISE Coordinator at Apathy is Boring, and Campaign Communications Coordinator at The Canadian-Mus...

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Nusaiba Al-Azem

Since her formative years, Nusaiba has demonstrated keen interest and involvement in social justice issues, in particular pertaining to Muslim communities. As a registered social worker, she holds a BSW from King's University College, where she gained experienced in both individual counselling and community development work. Nusaiba received her Juris Doctor from Western Law, where she was the recipient of the Margaret H. McNulty Prize awarded to a student who shows great promise and where she obtained a Certificate of Mediation from the Dispute Resolution Centre. She graduated with distinction and was honoured to receive the Law Society of Upper ...

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Nadiya Ali

Nadiya Ali is a PhD Candidate in Sociology specializing in anti-racism, community empowerment, and Islamophobia. Nadiya brings extensive experience in education, research, and community development to her role as NCCM's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist. Nadiya is also a published author researching and writing in the areas of Islamophobia, Muslim identity, and Anti-blackness. Nadiya has also been a part of a range of community-based research and programming initiatives across the Greater Toronto Area, including the Black Experience Project and the Migrant Resilience project. More recently, Nadiya held a Visiting Fellow position at Suffolk ...

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Aasiyah Khan

Aasiyah Khan has an extensive community development and research background that is grounded in inclusion and anti-oppressive practice principles. She recently completed a research project that captured the narratives of young Muslim women in the GTA with a specific emphasis on Islamophobia and resilience. Aasiyah worked as a research assistant for three years at the University of Toronto where she was actively involved in research aimed at understanding the formation of stereotypes, bias and discrimination within the adult population.  In 2018, Aasiyah graduated from York University with her Master of Social Work (MSW). Outside of work, she is a ...

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Omar Khamissa

Omar Khamissa is NCCM's Manager of Community Engagement. He was born and raised in Aurora, Ontario and has been involved with the Muslim community from a very young age. Since the age of fifteen, Omar has been engaging his community on various topics, bringing to light the issues affecting Canadian Muslims. He also served as a youth coordinator and headed up mosque fundraising committees until he went off to university. After graduating from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Economics, Omar built a career in sales and within a few years he became a Sales Director in the private sector. Omar previously served as NCCM's Community Engagement ...

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