Name & Position       Biography
Abdirahman Dhore – Chair 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.
Abdi Yousef – Vice-Chair 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 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 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.
Safia Gassem – Director 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.
Timiro Agneh – Director 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.
Malcolm Hassan Zoraik – Director Malcolm Hassan Zoraik is an experienced personal injury lawyer with extensive trial and appellate skills. He graduated with Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C before doing his Bachelor of Law (LL. B) at the University of Victoria in B.C. He later completed his master’s in law (LL.M) degree at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, ON. He is currently a member in good standing at the Law Society of Ontario as well as a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. He also served as a member of Canadian Bar Association, Victoria Bar Association, British Columbia Trial Lawyers Association and the British Columbia Law Society. He has been practicing law as a Barrister and Solicitor in both B.C and Ontario. Previously, he worked as a policy analyst with the Ministry of Human Resources, Health Services Branch in Victoria, B.C. Malcolm served as Vice President of Board of Directors of both Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society and West Shore Arts Council in Victoria, B.C. He was also a member of the Executive Council of Victoria Bar Association. He is fluent in English, Arabic and Somali languages.
Arlene Wallace – Director Arlene Wallace is 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. She chooses this career path, because the edification of children and youth is her passion and purpose. Passion and purpose allows her to change and effect lives for her the way in doing that is to continue to educate, as well to advocate. Bringing an awareness through self identity.
Joel Mukweneya – Director Joel Mukweneya 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 Counsellor at YMCA.