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Fauzia Mazhar

Executive DirectorBio & Contact Information

Fauzia Mazhar

Executive Director

Fauzia Mazhar has 18+ years of experience in the local social profit sector, much of it in leadership and management. She holds a Masters of Social Work degree with specialization in Community, Policy, Planning, Organizations (CPPO), and a post graduate certificate in Leadership and Management from Wilfrid Laurier University. Fauzia also completed Community Leadership Training by Leadership Waterloo Region. Fauzia has previously worked at House of Friendship, The Working Centre, Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre and The Family Centre (Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region), and her work experience include managing a neighbourhood based community centre and a large size service hub as well as leading community collaborations and social change initiatives. She has served as the President of Pakistan Canada Association, Council Member and Chair of the Belong Group for Immigration Partnership Waterloo Region, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery.

In 2010, Fauzia joined hands with a handful of women in KW to start the modest initiative to empower Muslim women to be leaders and change makers, able to address stereotypes and misconceptions about Muslim women through community outreach and bridge-building, which is now known as CMW. Fauzia has provided consistent leadership to CMW throughout, overseeing strategic planning, program/service planning and coordination, financial planning and funds development, volunteer recruitment and engagement, and outreach and alliance building.

Fauzia has a big picture outlook and a growth focused mindset which keeps her on her toes to make all things better, all the time. She is community builder and an engaged citizen, passionately bringing people and groups together to build a welcoming, inclusive and safe community. She is also an optimist who likes a good laugh.

519-576-0540 ext. 3655fauzia.mazhar@cmw-kw.org
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Uzma Bhutto

Operations CoordinatorBio & Contact Information

Uzma Bhutto

Operations Coordinator

Uzma has been fortunate to embark on experiences across the globe, working and travelling in the developed and developing world. These experiences have instilled in her the capacity to appreciate diversity and respect integrity, both required to support communities in today’s dynamic globally interconnected environment. With a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Waterloo she was the first amongst her medical doctor MBBS graduates to step into the exciting field of public health in Canada. Through her enriching experiences she has gained valuable understanding of global health issues/problems, with a focus on female and mental health issues. During her MPH at Waterloo, she worked on an under researched topic by connecting theoretical concepts and job practice, successfully completing a research paper on “Domestic Violence against South Asian Women in Ontario”, and later contributing her number of years of work towards mental health in diverse communities.

Uzma had been involved with CMW for the last ten years. Currently Uzma works as the Operations Coordinator for the Coalition of Muslim Women-KW. At work and beyond, Uzma’s passion is to serve communities by making an impact on the ground, assisting all people, specially newcomers to our Region, achieve their full potential. For this she has received few awards, such as The Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition award that celebrates women and girls whose volunteer work has improved the lives of others in their community and the 5 Year Service award from CMW. She will soon be receiving 10 Year Service Award by CMW. Her day to day activities at work focus on working closely with Executive Director to coordinate and optimize CMW performance, and coordinating logistics for CMW’s projects and activities. . Uzma really enjoys working with the community members, partners, sponsors, donors and our incredible volunteers

519-576-0540 ext. 3468uzma.bhutto@cmw-kw.org
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Sarah Shafiq

Coordinator, Together Against IslamophobiaBio & Contact Information

Sarah Shafiq

Coordinator, Together Against Islamophobia

Sarah is the coordinator of Islamophobia Project by the Coalition of Muslim Women of KW. She is engaged within the community as a member of the Interfaith Grand River and as a member of Waterloo Region’s Crime Prevention Council. Having received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame, US, she is currently teaching at Martin Luther University College, WLU as an adjunct faculty. Sarah grew up in Pakistan and considers herself to be a bridge between her childhood home and Canada.

519-576-0540 ext. 3563sarah.shafiq@cmw-kw.org
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Wisam Osman

Coordinator, Special ProjectsBio & Contact Information

Wisam Osman

Coordinator, Special Projects

Wisam Osman came to Canada 12 years ago with a Bachelor in Computer Science and Statistics. Since her arrival, Wisam has been engaged in the community in different ways. She started with her friends a Moms & Toddlers’ interactive group that welcomed everyone to join. She became very active in the local Sudanese community helping and organizing social events, ladies gathering and youth activities. In 2012 Wisam joined the coalition of Muslim Women of KW as a volunteer and shortly after became a member. Wisam has served CMW in many capacities including 4+ years as a member of the Board of Directors. Wisam always believed that everyone is able to give back to the community because everyone is gifted in a special way.

519-576-0540 ext. 3566wisam.osman@cmw-kw.org
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