Shirin brings over 20 years of leadership experience in many not-for-profit agencies in Canada and internationally. She has a Masters’ degree in Public Policy Administration and Law from York University and a Post degree Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management from University of Western Ontario. Trained in Governance and Leadership from Kellogg Schulich School of Business, she has worked in world renowned agencies along with agencies serving many ethnic and diverse groups in Toronto.
Shirin is the CEO of GrantX Inc and is a member of board of Heritage Toronto. She was also Member of McMichael Women’s Council, was board member of Toronto Food Policy Council, Arab Community Centre of Toronto and served two terms as a national board of director for Aga Khan Education Services in India, where she played an active role in enhancing the primary education program funded by the European Union and World Bank.
Zatoon is retired senior artist who was employed by the North York Board of Education, as a first teacher in special education and later as a teacher of gifted children. She also served as an adjunct professor at York University’s Faculty of Education for 8 years where she supervised the teacher interns in math and science education. In 1991, she was seconded to York University as a full time associate professor in math education. At McGill University for four years, she taught summer courses in gifted education to graduate students and teachers from all provinces in Canada.
Zatoon was always a strong advocate for women’s issues such as, equity in the workforce, elimination of math anxiety in females, and empowering women to enter the science, mathematics and engineering fields
Sahar is a Finance and Operations management executive with over a decade of experience in corporate finance, accounting, strategy planning and execution and managing large scale business transformation projects. She is known to be a passionate leader, building strategic partnerships and creating customer-centric solutions that create value for the businesses she works with.
Sahar holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and her CPA designation with CPA Ontario. She is also a guest lecturer at the Schulich School of Business and has taught Finance courses at McMaster University.
Sahar has a strong passion for helping those in need and a passion for the arts. She has previously served on the board for a few not-for-profit organizations in the areas of education and poverty/hunger.
Jayshree Mina Daya
Jayshree is a Scarborough artist who migrated to Canada in the mid nineties, has nurtured a lifelong love of creative expression through painting and design. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, her art incorporates imagery of the nature and wildlife that she grew up surrounded by. Her love of beauty combines with her formal training in a Fine Art College in Mumbai, India, to create work that is fuelled by passion and steadied by technique. She has been painting for more than 30 years. Her creative style is constantly evolving as she enjoys experimenting and painting freely but finds herself inexorably returning to the medium of acrylic and watercolour painting. She has worked as an art teacher in a Montessori School in Pickering, Ontario. She is passionate about art education and believes strongly in teaching both children and adults the skills that can enable them to draw and paint realistically. Her artistic pursuits have branched into fashion design, children’s art and crafts, and embroidery and batiks. Mina’s background and diverse experience have blended seamlessly on programs facilitating countless art projects. She has also created many commissioned works of art. She continues to learn and collaborate with other artists.
Nermine Zohdy is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in non-profit and development. She has a Bachelors Degree in international relations and economics, and a master’s degree in professional development.
Her skill with donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and multi-stakeholders was honed during her time with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Save-The-Children, the Arab Community Centre of Toronto and NGOs overseas.
Chetna Desai was born and raised in India but has since lived in Africa, England, Cayman Island and Canada. She is Founder & CEO of Shabd Prarthna a literature and language focussed organization.
Chetna has worked in the education sector for nearly 20 years in various positions such as international language teacher, administrator, and mentor coach. She enjoys focusing on youth development and succeeds in her role in guiding youth to a path that shapes them to be the best versions of them.
She has assisted many new migrating students in overcoming challenging transitions and social issues and has received an Award of Distinction for outstanding contribution to school and the school community.