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Ghazala Fauzia

Chair

As one of the founding members, I witnessed CMW’s tremendous growth from its birth to becoming a strong grassroots organization. I feel honored for participating in all stages of o... Read More

Ghazala Fauzia

Ghazala Fauzia

Chair

As one of the founding members, I witnessed CMW’s tremendous growth from its birth to becoming a strong grassroots organization. I feel honored for participating in all stages of organizational development by volunteering in various roles from cleaning to leadership, event planning to strategic planning, presenting in a small group or speaking from a stage, providing training and receiving training etc. At the same time, I also grew as a person, a professional and a community leader by learning and developing all those skills required for organizational development. CMW is an integral part of me; I made several friends from different parts of the world who share similar passion, views and belief system and I truly enjoy working alongside them. I am always ready to switch my role whenever and wherever it is needed for the growth of CMW which provides me an opportunity to learn new tasks and diversify my skills/experiences. Beside my volunteer work with CMW, I am a Registered Social Worker and a skilled Psychotherapist. I am trained in several therapeutic treatment models to provide effective help to teens, adults, couples and families based on their needs, belief and value system.
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Marwa Dabbagh

Vice Chair

My motivation to be part of CMW board of directors stems from wanting to make a difference in our Muslim community and extend the great work that CMW is involved in to the greater ... Read More

Marwa Dabbagh

Marwa Dabbagh

Vice Chair

My motivation to be part of CMW board of directors stems from wanting to make a difference in our Muslim community and extend the great work that CMW is involved in to the greater community. I have been a CMW volunteer and member since 2017 and have been involved in many of its active events including Tastes of Ramadan, CMW Award Galas, and Muslim Women’s Employment Support project. Hard-work, dedication, leadership, diplomacy, activism, problem-solving, organization, and empowerment are only a few of the skills and assets I have gained from being a part of CMW.CMW has been involved with refugee engagement, education of housing and human rights, research and education of employment rights and obstacles that Muslim women face in our community, initiative to tackle racism and discrimination facing Muslim women, and political lobbying to bring about change to our community. Part of inspiring that change has led to be involved in many organizations including the Sexual Assault Support Center of Waterloo Region (SASC-WR) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre.I am also a registered and licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Ontario and have a family health practice in Kitchener with special focus on woman’s health, weight management, digestive disorders, stress & anxiety, low energy, poor sleep, pain management, and infertility. I practice yoga and meditation and spend my time cooking healthy meals and connecting with my community members..
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Bahiyye Ahram

Secretary

An interior designer by profession, Bahiyye is the founder of Design by Bebo, a staging and design business. She has been a CMW volunteer and member since 2018 and has helped plan ... Read More

Bahiyye Ahram

Bahiyye Ahram

Secretary

An interior designer by profession, Bahiyye is the founder of Design by Bebo, a staging and design business. She has been a CMW volunteer and member since 2018 and has helped plan the non-profit’s events. Bahiyye has a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Beirut Arab University, a Diploma in Interior Decorating & Design from Mohawk College, and 10 years of experience in staging and design in Waterloo Region and Hamilton. She is also a member of the Canadian Arab Women Association. Bahiyye is a community activist, who has made an impact on many people’s lives, and continues to do so with her volunteering. She’s volunteered with a multi-partner food drive at the beginning of the pandemic. Aside from being a staunch CMW supporter, Bahiyye has participated in activities with a variety of community organizations, such as WE Society partnered with Wilfried Laurier University, Kitchener- Waterloo Multicultural Centre, Strong Start Charitable Organization, Habitat for Humanity, Junior League of Hamilton-Burlington, and Hamilton Wentworth District School board.
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Elise Senkerik

Treasurer

Elise has more than 30 years of active experience doing non-profit and charitable work in Canada and overseas. Her recent volunteer and consulting work includes both working within... Read More

Elise Senkerik

Elise Senkerik

Treasurer

Elise has more than 30 years of active experience doing non-profit and charitable work in Canada and overseas. Her recent volunteer and consulting work includes both working within Canada and on overseas projects with charities that offers services and supports for Afghan people. In 1989, she worked in refugee camps in Pakistan, providing support during Ramadan and help at hospitals, libraries, apiaries, for carpet weaving training, etc. Elise is a founding member and former board of director for Dar-ul-Ihsan Centre for Islamic Education, Cornwall, Ont. The non-profit offers programs related to girls’ education, community outreach, and addressing Islamophobia through interfaith programs. Elise is well-versed in setting up non-profits and registering them as a charity. She’s skilled at various non-profit related tasks, such as reviewing financial statements, final project reports, developing databases, accounting systems, financial reporting, seeking out funding from eligible sources, and developing bylaws.
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Howida Sayeed Ahmed

Director

I am a graduate of University of Khartoum with bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Science and Computer Programming and Analyst program from Conestoga College. I have 15 years of exp... Read More

Howida Sayeed Ahmed

Howida Sayeed Ahmed

Director

I am a graduate of University of Khartoum with bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Science and Computer Programming and Analyst program from Conestoga College. I have 15 years of experience in Information Technology, business analysis, and systems and application analysis.My passion is helping others and community work. Outside of CMW I also sit on different committees and organizations including Mubaraka which is an international aid organization supporting orphans. I am also on the Sudanese Association’s committee. CMW is very dear to my heart as I am one of the founders of this great organization. I have served as board member for several years. I find myself when I am with these great motivated and passionate CMW women, they are my inspirations! CMW for me is one of the channels to satisfy my desire to make a positive change, to be a great leader and to continue supporting women in general and Muslim women in particular.
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Nasreen Nasreen

Director

Nasreen has more than 10 years of experience working as a journalist and a communications professional with media organizations and non-profits in Canada and India. She has worked ... Read More

Nasreen Nasreen

Nasreen Nasreen

Director

Nasreen has more than 10 years of experience working as a journalist and a communications professional with media organizations and non-profits in Canada and India. She has worked as a writer and editor and managed communications and social media accounts for several non-profits in the past. Her work includes writing as a columnist for various newspapers, including The Waterloo Chronicle, Toronto Star, Cambridge Times, and The Daily Mail. She has also produced well-researched stories and news packages while working as an editor with national newspapers. A trained mediator, Nasreen graduated with a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and a second Master’s degree in Political Science. Nasreen is currently working as the marketing and communications specialist with the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth. She is also working as the director of communications with Capacity Canada. Passionate about social justice, Nasreen has extensively written about social issues, including racism and discrimination in Canada, Islamophobia, and gender equity. Nasreen has been a volunteer with the Coalition of Muslim Women for three years. In 2021, she joined the CMW as a board of director.
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Tahira Bilal

Director

Tahira comes from a diverse educational and professional background. She has years of experience working as a physician. She is also incredibly passionate about public speaking. Ta... Read More

Tahira Bilal

Tahira Bilal

Director

Tahira comes from a diverse educational and professional background. She has years of experience working as a physician. She is also incredibly passionate about public speaking. Tahira is also a certified Canadian Red Cross First Aid Instructor. During her free time, she likes to conduct presentations for various non-for-profit and social groups in the community. These presentations are not limited to first aid but also include sessions for the Coalition of Muslim Women. She hopes to keep using her exceptional communication skills, whether through a presentation, monologue, or training to continue and educate and learn from those around her.
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