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Leadership Team

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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Mehreen Shahid

Funds Development and Communications LeadBio & Contact Information

Mehreen Shahid

Funds Development and Communications Lead

Mehreen Shahid comes to the CMW team with a background in psychology, journalism, publishing, fundraising, and communications. After moving to Canada in 2011, and owing to life circumstances, she switched careers and entered the field of journalism.

As an immigrant and a woman, Mehreen faced several challenges when making her way through Canadian society. Where dealing with a new culture, new language and new system was exciting, it required an attitude guided by improvisation and quick-thinking.

Work brought her to small-town Orillia in 2015. The move opened up a world of opportunities and a chance for further self-development. As a reporter for the local newspaper, Mehreen was able to experience Canada in a way very few people get to. Her job not only made her a feature at every local event, but the interaction with people also made her feel at home in the community.

Mehreen has worked extensively in the field covering municipal politics. She has interacted with politicians at all levels and understands bureaucracy at the various levels. Mehreen has also worked with several non-profits, helping with communications and fundraising campaigns. She displays a keen interest in projects that address gender diversity, minorities, housing, and climate change.

Mehreen made her move to the K-W area earlier in spring of 2021 and came across the work being done by the CMW. She found that the non-profit's passion matched her own drive to deliver change in the community. Mehreen looks forward to helping create a sustainable financial future for the various programs offered by the coalition by sharing stories of fabulous achievements by staff and stakeholders.

519-576-0540 ext. 3564 mehreen.shahid@cmw-kw.org
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Sarah Shafiq

Director of Programming and ServicesBio & Contact Information

Sarah Shafiq

Director of Programming and Services

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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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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Program Lead and Admin Team

Wisam Osman

Coordinator, Towards Violence Free Homes Program Bio & Contact Information

Wisam Osman

Coordinator, Towards Violence Free Homes Program

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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Mifrah Abid

Coordinator, Together Against Islamophobia Bio & Contact Information

Mifrah Abid

Coordinator, Together Against Islamophobia

Mifrah Abid holds a Master’s in English and is a gold medalist from the University of Pune, India. She was a college lecturer for several years before immigrating to Canada in late 2017. Since then she has earned her diploma from the London Language Institute to become a certified ESL trainer. She has worked closely with several refugee and immigrant ESL learners, many of who were Muslim women. She has a significant corpus of volunteer work in various community initiatives like Halton Environment Network, Recycling Revisited, Islamic Relief, also with the Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener-Waterloo. She is the host and producer of the podcast, ‘Across Her Table’ that celebrates the successes of Canadian Muslim women with immigrant roots. She spends her weekends teaching Muslim children at the Tazkiyah Academy, Milton. She also serves on the city of Kitchener’s Heritage Committee. She believes that societies are stronger when their diverse communities understand each other better.

519-576-0540mifrah.abid@cmw-kw.org
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Aysegul Bagci

Program AssistantBio & Contact Information

Aysegul Bagci

Program Assistant

Aysegul graduated with honors from Hacettepe University in Turkey with a degree in Sociology. She has experience working with individuals in need of emotional and developmental support and providing academic support to youth. She also pioneered a project in her hometown that encourages children to read books. Currently, Aysegul works as a Family and Community Program Assistant at Coalition of Muslim Women of KW and pursuing a Social Work degree at University of Waterloo.

Aysegul has a passion for listening everyone’s different stories, learning about their backgrounds and needs, helping them to be their best selves while maintaining their autonomy and dignity, and giving back to the community. She loves reading poems, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

519-576-0540 ext. 3567aysegul.bagci@cmw-kw.org
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Ekram Al Momani

Hate Incidents and Discrimination Documentation LeadBio & Contact Information

Ekram Al Momani

Hate Incidents and Discrimination Documentation Lead

Ekram began her career in Canada as a teacher, while volunteering in different organizations to support many causes such as cancer patients, newcomers, women and children.

After arriving at Waterloo Region, she was inspired and believed in the vision of the Coalition of Muslim Women, immediately becoming a member and volunteering in projects and programs.

She is a co-founder of the Association of Canadian Arabs and the Women Empowerment Group.

Her name means 'generous' in Arabic, and she fulfils this meaning as she loves to bake and cook for people and ensures that her food is always made with love, care, and passion (which might be why her food is so delicious).

In addition, one of her favorite things to do is admire nature.

Ekram is the recipient of the Volunteer Action Centre, Volunteer Impact Award, and the recipient of the Coalition of Muslim Women, Women who Inspire Award.

She is hopeful to one day see a community free of xenophobia, racism, and any form of discrimination towards anyone, one filled with peace and harmony.

Ekram is very excited about her role in the Together against Islamophobia Project as the Hate Incidents and Documentation Discrimination Lead.

519-576-0540 ext. 3587ekram.almomani@cmw-kw.org
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Community Peer Workers

Aoussaf Arrout

phone icon519-576-0540 ext. 3562
email iconaoussaf.arrout@cmw-kw.org
languages iconArabic

Asli Sulieman

phone icon519-576-0540 ext. 3559
email iconAsli.Sulieman@cmw-kw.org
languages iconSomali

Fatma Motala

phone icon519-576-0540 ext. 3582
email iconFatma.Motala@cmw-kw.org
languages iconGujarati

Indra Ali Abdurahman

phone icon519-576-0540 ext. 3560
email iconindra.abdurahman@cmw-kw.org
languages iconTigrinya/Amharic

Khatera Faez

phone icon519-576-0540 ext. 3572
email iconkhatera.faez@cmw-kw.org
languages iconDari

Rana Mohammad

phone icon 519-576-0540 ext. 3558
email iconrana.mohammad@cmw-kw.org
languages iconArabic

Sadia Farheen

phone icon519-576-0540 ext. 3584
email iconsadia.farheen@cmw-kw.org
languages iconUrdu / Hindi, Punjabi

Seminur Okan

phone icon519-576-0540 ext. 3561
email iconseminur.Okan@cmw-kw.org
languages iconTurkish

Samin Khoshgovari

phone icon519-576-0540 Ext 3569
email iconSamin.Khoshgovari@cmw-kw.org
languages iconFarsi/Persian