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Br. Shafiq Beig has been working as an Assistant Production Manager at Oak Hall Industries, Toronto, which is about designing ceremonial gown for dignitaries around the world. He is a poet and a writer, having written over hundred poems which were highly recognized by many government elects Members of Parliament, including The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada and Her Majesty the Queen.
Under the guidance of, Mr. George Elliot Clark, his collection of poems “Screen of Silence” was written, which will be published soon. Mr. Beig believes in voicing out his opinions on social justice matters through poems and literature.
Naila is owner and Director of Market lane Early Learning Centre, Early Years Education System. She is Managing Director of Abacus Early Learning Center and President of AMU Alumin Association of Canada. She is currently serving on board of SAFSS (Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services)
Her academic background includes a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Early Childhood Educator. She has 16 years’ childcare industry experience both as provider and center operator enhancing principles and practices of child learning and development and has worked for Youth and Seniors with Not-for-Profit Organizations. She helps new immigrants in settling in GTA and has worked with Syrian refugees. She is recognized by Government of Ontario for her selfless dedication and contribution to the community in 2009.
Sr. Zubeda is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Inclusive Education Branch at the Ministry of Education. She is devoted to building safe, inclusive and accepting communities by promoting diversity and social inclusion locally, nationally and internationally. She mediates conflicts, works with multicultural and diverse faith communities, contributes to the development of resources, and assists immigrant families and refugees.
Sr. Zubeda has served as a board member on numerous organizations such as the Chair of the Federation of Muslim Women. She is a Fellow of the Ontario Teachers' Federation (1993) and the winner of the Ministry's Prix Realm Award (2010), which recognizes excellence and achievement in the category of Diversity and Inclusion.
Zinnia is senior analytics professional in the retail industry. She is also the executive vice-president of planning & operations for Strength in Stories, a grassroots non-for-profit organization and the inspiration behind Parliamentary Bill C-309; committed to promoting gender equality through various platforms. She has recently authored her first book: From Chai to Coffee: An Immigrant Student's Guide to Culture Shock and Life in Canada - a prescriptive, self-help book for international student and immigrants new to Canada.
Zinnia graduated from the University of Toronto with a joint specialist in Economics and Political Science and has a keen sense of dedication to causes of public service and social justice.
Imam Abdul Hai Patel
Imam Patel is founder and past Coordinator of Canadian Council of Imams, representing the Islamic religious leadership. Currently, he is the Director of Inter Faith relations. He has been serving as Imam and Community Leader for 47 years in Canada.He also served as a Commissioner of Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1999-2005.He is immediate past President of Ontario Multi Faith Council and is a member of Interfaith Advisory Committee of Federal Gov’t’s Corrections Canada; He serves on two committees of Toronto Police Service:
· Chief’s advisory Council
· Member and past Co-Chair of Muslim Consultative Committee.
He is a Muslim Chaplain at the University of Toronto, York Regional Police, Chair of Flemingdon Community Food Bank and member of Equity Policy Advisory Committee of Toronto District School Board.