MEET THE TEAM
Duaa Al-Aghar holds a master's degree in computer engineering and boasts a diverse background with work and educational experiences both in Canada and overseas. After serving as a professor for nearly 8 years, she moved to Canada in 2006. Since then, Duaa has been deeply involved in the Waterloo region, working closely with various populations, particularly underprivileged children and families in marginalized communities.
As a community leader, Web Designer, and Database specialist, Duaa has strived to create welcoming spaces and foster inclusive intercultural environments for immigrant families and individuals. Her commitment to building a violence-free community is evident through her active involvement in different projects such as the 'Caring and Safe' school committee at Northlake Wood Public school, the Salaam Campaign, Unity and peace initiatives, and promoting health and well-being through education and community service. Duaa's dedication to community service has earned her recognition and appreciation, including being featured in the book 'The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth.' She has been honored with numerous awards, such as the women who inspired, Community Impact Award, Outstanding Leadership Award, and Leading Women Building Communities Recognition award. Additionally, she was nominated for the women of the year award.
Currently serving as the Executive Director of Muslim Social Services Waterloo Region, Duaa continues to be a driving force in the community. Her passion for social justice shines through, and her vision is to create a strong and inclusive community where everyone can thrive.
Her remarkable contributions and leadership have made a significant impact on those around her, inspiring positive change and fostering unity in the community.
Languages: English, Arabic
My name is Amina Abdulqadir. I studied for intra oral dental assistant at Trillium College in Oshawa, Ontario. I moved from Oshawa to Toronto and worked at Danforth family dentistry in Toronto, then moved from Toronto to Kitchener. I worked as an Arabic teacher at an international school, where I taught students writing, speaking, and offered feedback and assistance. I was a direct support worker at Extend A Family. providing care to children with special needs. Since last year, I am also an independent facilitator for special needs adults at the Bridge to Belonging where I provide support for adult immigrants with developmental disabilities as well as verbal impairments. I offer compassionate guidance and resources to daily living activities focused on building independence ans skills.
My name is Shiwan Ibrahim, I am a student with Yorkville University. I am currently completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) and working as a practicum student with Muslim Social Services. I received my undergraduate’s degree from Laurentian University, specialization in Psychology. I am capable of providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions (CBT) as well as Trauma informed therapy (while supervised). I hold the RP(Qualifying) status with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
Takunda Mahere is a second year Computer Science student at Conestoga College. He specializes in full stack development and has recently decided to hone additional skills in project management. Takunda has developed a strong passion for being a key role player in supporting communities with mental health initiatives.
Annelise is a Master of Social Work student at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Guelph. Annelise has worked with immigrants and newcomers to Canada in various community development roles. She is excited to join the team at Muslim Social Services because of her desire to integrate community development and mental health resources in a culturally and spiritually relevant way. In her role as an MSW student, Annelise can provide supervised therapy to individuals seeking support and looking for an empathetic and warm presence to walk alongside them as they navigate various life challenges.
My name is Sally , I studied English literature in Damascus University, and I am a certified interpreter, and dental assistant. I possess strengths in strong communication skills, leadership, empathy.