An energetic and tireless healthcare practitioner who brings over 28 years of experience in nursing and volunteer work of community building. Her generosity and commitment in addition to her professional expertise in community health and social services has allowed countless individuals and families to enjoy the confidence and reliability of a great friend in Shadi. Through her philanthropy, Shadi has been contributing to the successful settlement and integration of many newcomers who naturally are challenged by unemployment, lack of affordable housing and tensions within family members resulting from being new in an unfamiliar environment. Her boundless dedication and vast base of information about public health has enabled settlement service organizations to tap into a wide range of programs and treatment options that would not otherwise be available to them. Shadi’s contributions to social inclusion and independent living of many seniors, single mothers and vulnerable youth are remarkable.
Mehri Rezaei Boroun
Contributes to a healthy, empowered, engaged and caring community mosaic to advance social change.
Sogol has a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. She has a strong passion for community development, social justice, and refugee and women’s issues. The primary focus of her work has been to enhance the well-being of newcomers to Canada. She has also worked on girls’ education, and gender and empowerment in three other countries.
Sogol works as a Project Manager at the Afghan Women’s Organization where she is currently running a mental health awareness raising project. She likes street photography and going on hikes with her partner.
Navaz immigrated to Canada with her husband in 2006 and is now a mother of two young children. She is a scientific researcher, holding two Masters degrees in Biochemistry and is currently a senior PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, Department of Pharmacy. Her research focuses on HIV infection.
Navaz’s exposure to discrimination, oppression and marginalization from early childhood ignited her desire to pursue social justice. In her philanthropy, she passionately and actively contributes to the not-for-profit service sector, focusing on supporting marginalized populations such as new immigrants, women, seniors and LGBTQ communities.
Navaz enjoys reading, writing, cooking and acting. She hopes her volunteer work, love and passion for social equity and cohesion bring more joy to the life of fellow citizens.
A collaborative, engaged and diverse community to share and develop competencies and provide enhanced access to resources for its constituencies in order to accomplish their full potential to enjoy an enriched and fulfilling life.
An active community volunteer and advocate in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for the past 20 years. As an community builder, Mary has volunteered with regional non-profit organizations such as CHATS, Iranian Cancer Society, and Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario (IWOO). Mehri has also been working as as Real-Estate Broker and Agent for over 12 years in the GTA, helping people from all walks of life find a new place to call home.
A passionate advocate for women’s empowerment, senior programming and accessible healthcare, Mehri strongly believes in the contagious power of grassroots initiatives in changing communities and lives. An avid traveller, Mary loves to sightsee and explore new cultures and foods.
After decades of activism and making change by its founding members, in the spring of 2015, an enriched initiative focused on community mental health and wellness resulted in unfolding of I2RCRC. The organization has since developed into an enterprise to include innovation and collective leadership to advance social solutions.
As a medical office assistant for over 10 years, Zohreh completed her college degree with honours in Toronto. Zohreh has extensive volunteer experience of many years with the York Central Hospital while simultaneously helping numerous newcomer seniors and families who are in need of settlement related support. Zohreh has contributed to organizing educational conferences for the Iranian community through Canadian Cancer Society. The objective of these conferences was to raise awareness for preventative work and also establish a network of volunteers to direct assistance to cancer patients and survivors. Currently, she is committed to visiting isolated senior homes to offer companionships, homemade meals and medical appointments. Zohreh’s days off and leisure time is mostly dedicated to extending a helping hand to community members of all walks of life and all ages.
Provide a range of opportunities, programs and services to engage and strengthen community leadership towards an engaged, visionary and inclusive citizenry.
Phone: +1(416) 388 9314
Shadi Hesam Mokri
An ardent activist and a tireless community volunteer. Halimeh has done extensive charitable work with the Canadian Cancer Society, an Advisory Board member at CHAT, and on behalf of many marginalized groups both in Iran and here in Toronto. She was a senior Board member at IWOO and a founding and executive member of the Iranian Canadian Social Service Providers Network, facilitating access to resources for hundreds of refugees and new immigrants. Halimeh has provided ongoing leadership to various organizations in the settlement sector. Halimeh continues to provide guidance and support to an orphanage in Iran and leads fundraising initiatives for youth and family crises centres. Halimeh, is a retired teacher with over 30 years of experience and also she worked at Ryerson University for more than 15 years. She has also worked for corporate and not-for-profit sector in administration and management capacity.
Navaz Karimian Pour
I2CRC is an independent not-for-profit organization that contributes to building strong communities by engaging, animating, and supporting urban newcomer communities to fully participate in an active and vibrant cross cultural hub.
A community builder and civic activist working and volunteering extensively with the private, public and not-for- profit sectors for over 25 years. Her compassionate advocacy expands to a vast arena of social justice to represent the most vulnerable and marginalized populations.
Afie’s expertise are directed to a broad spectrum of social issues affecting health, women’s rights, youth and seniors issues. Over the years, she has been an avid volunteer serving on the governing and advisory bodies of a youth shelter, Social Planning Toronto, Family Service Toronto, Mood Disorders Association and CAMH while being a founding member of many social and cultural groups within the GTA. Her ability to bring people together around social causes has been evident in her intimate involvement with the Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario-IWOO, where as President for seven years she was instrumental in its transformation to a vibrant multi-service agency.
Currently, Afie’s work extents to mental health counselling, life coaching and wellness program development. She offers consultation on issues of equity, research and policy, governance, and strategic planning to numerous NGOs. For the past 14 years, Afie has been a staff advisor with Hon. Kathleen Wynne, the Premier of Ontario.
A Greater Toronto Area native with a passion for social justice initiatives that expose and address intersectionality at the regional, national and international level. A recent graduate, Shohreh holds an MA International Security (Sciences Po Paris; France) and MSc. International Political Economy (London School of Economics; UK). Shohreh currently works as an Instructional Designer and Performance Consultant with a focus on helping public and private organizations design and implement innovative learning and talent management strategies. When she’s not trekking across the city on the TTC, Shohreh is an avid yogi and amateur chef.