Name & Position       Biography
Abdirahman Dhore – Chair Is a Civil Engineer with a Bachelor’s of Engineering degree from Ryerson University. Abdirahman has professional affiliations to the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologist and Geophysics of Albert’s (P.Eng) as well as being a member of the Canadian Welding Bureau. Abdirahman has over 17 years of experience and has worked on projects from Chicago to Alberta. He is currently the Civil Engineer- Lead Quality Coordinator for Crosslinx Transit Solution who is currently working on the Eglington Crosstown LRT in Toronto.
Abdi Yousef – Vice-Chair Has a very long and very successful history working in Settlement and with newcomer youth and families in Toronto. Abdi is the Program Coordinator for the Settlement & Education Partnerships in Toronto (SEPT), where he implements effective programming for each participating school, school staff, SEPT Manager and staff, and Newcomer families. He has worked as a youth worker with Culturelink Settlement Services, as a settlement worker with SEPT, and as a councillor, facilitator, educator, and outreach worker. As part of the SEPT program, Abdi also works in program development, human resources management, communications and administration.
Huda Abdulle – Secretary Has worked extensively as an Administrator, Bookkeeper, Accounting, and Accounts Payable. She has a 3yrs Diploma in Accounting from Humber College, a certificate of Business Capacity Training and Self-Employment Development Initiatives, as well as extensive experience in non-profit organizations. She is currently working as Financial Reconciliation at Olsen Fashion Inc. She has worked with Somali Immigrant Aid Organization, Safari Food Services, ISM and Travel Route in Accounting and Administrative roles. She also has been working with SIAO as Food Bank system, as well as providing Nutrition Workshops.
Ayan Omar – Treasurer Has extensive experience in community counselling and program development and community development. She facilitates workshops and seminars on working with at-risk youth, and the challenges faced by these youths. She is passionate about serving the needs of disadvantaged youth and adults, and special-needs populations. She is a dedicated advocate for at-risk youth in concern to education, policing, court systems and employment. Ayan also works in the Settlement Services, creating needs assessments for clients, advocating for her community regarding issues such as mental health, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment and child care.
Arlene Wallace – Director I am an educator, employed with the Toronto Catholic District School Board for approximately nine years, a member of the ACCO (African Canadian Community Organization) as an advisory board member with the TCDSB and also aligned with the community organization Midaynta in the mentorship program.

I choose this career path, because the edification of children and youth is my passion and purpose. Passion and purpose allows you to change and effect lives for me the way in doing that is to continue to educate, as well to advocate.

Bringing an awareness through self identity.

Safia Gassem – Director Has broad experience in community work and consultation, facilitation, leadership and administrative management skills. She has extensive experience in coordinating and facilitating community workshops and programming in parenting, education, violence against women, community capacity building, and inclusion and equality. She has worked as a researcher for Diversity projects in Waterloo Region, and the Autism Experience of the Somali Community. As well, she worked in partnership with the TDSB, youth and youth service providers to ensure that youth are able to access programs and services, and building community capacity. Safia has also worked as a Settlement Worker, Community Engagement Facilitator and Project Manager at agencies and organizations such as Meta Consulting, Somali Immigrant Aid Organization, CIC, and Yorktown Child and Family Centre.
 Joel Mukweneya– Director Is an English and Dramatic Arts teacher with over 10 years of quality experience in teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing through literature, grammar, and communication

He has a Master of Education from OISE/University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education Degree, Worcester College of Higher Education, Worcester, UK

Currently working as, a Director of Development/Teacher/Tutor at Total Tutoring for the past 16 years, he also volunteers at OISE/University of Toronto, OISE Alumni Association conducting collaborative research, working with staff to recruit staff, and compiling data base of committee members,

Joel did his Comparative & International Education Practicum at Midaynta Community Services and collaboratively complied the 2nd annual Youth Radicalization Report– New and Emerging challenges.

Worked as an Employment Advisor at TDSB and an Employment Counsolor at YMCA.

Timiro Agneh – Director Holds a Hon. B.A. in Political Science (Specialist) & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. She is an expert in research development and international student affairs. As a young girl she’s always had a desire for human rights and civil liberties. Timiro is inspired by the grassroots approach to activism and change. “ My journey provided me a worldview of experiencing how women can have a voice for positive change and break down systemic barriers”. She feels her demographic lacks representation in the political arena and this is a great opportunity to insert the importance of civil engagement. Her long-term goal is to be the first Somali-Canadian women to represent a major political party in the House of Commons as an MPP or Cabinet Minister.
 Hanan Ali – Director Hanan is a Nursing student at McMaster University. Hanan is deeply driven by developing positive relationships within her community. Her active involvement at Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School, Golden Youth, Local mosques and McMaster Children’s Hospital to name a few display her passion in working with children and youth. Hanan is a young leader in the Hamilton community and with her passion, drive and future in nursing, will continue to be part of the healing process.