Golrokh Aminian, CMA, CPA, started her career as a math instructor in Iran after obtaining her degree in pure mathematics. She had the opportunity to work with children from various backgrounds as she taught in the Tehran International School. She is also the author of a math workbook for middle school students, approved by ministry of education for supplementary work. Teaching children remains as one of her most rewarding experiences that will stay with her forever. After coming to Canada in 2001, she pursued accounting for a career and got her certification as a Chartered Professional Accountant. Golrokh is a soprano and her passion in life remains with music and art. In pursuit of this path, she co-founded a not for profit organization called Cultural Interchange-360, aiming to become a cross-cultural bridge in bringing people closer to each other, believing that there are far more similarities than differences among people and we are the same all along the way and in the end. Golrokh is a dedicated go to volunteer to stage manage at charity and community events.
Halimeh Hamidi is an ardent activist and a tireless community volunteer. She has done extensive charitable work with the Canadian Cancer Society, an Advisory Board member at CHATS - Community & Home Assistance to Seniors, 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 at their most vulnerable stages of settlement. 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 also she worked at Ryerson University for more than 15 years. For many years, she collaborated with the International Languages program and offered support and tutorials in other school subjects. She has also worked for corporate and not-for-profit sector in administration and management capacity.
Shadi Hesam Mokri, Shadi Mokri is an energetic and tireless health care practitioner who brings over 28 years of experience to her professional work of 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. Shadi’s nursing expertise and knowledge of the health care and social service sectors has been a pivotal asset for many newcomer communities to land resources and enjoy their much needed support. 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. Over many years of professional and volunteer work, Shadi’s attributions to social inclusion and independent living of many seniors, single mothers and vulnerable youth are remarkable.
Zohreh Manafi, has been working as a medical office assistant for over 10 years. She 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 were to raise awareness for preventative work and also establish a network of volunteers to direct assistance to cancer patients and survivors. Curently, she is committed to visiting isolated seniors in old age and retirement homes helping them with 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.
Afie Mardukhi, is 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 she has also been 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 of seven years she was instrumental in its transformation to a vibrant multi-service agency.
Currently, Afie’s work extents to mental health counseling, 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.
Mehri Rezaei Boroun, has been 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). A passionate advocate for women’s empowerment, senior programming and accessible healthcare, Mary 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.
Shohreh Soltaninia, is 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.
Sogol Zand, 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.