We’re quite a mixed bunch at Sanad Collective. From community organizers to strategic thinkers, it takes a broad range of skills and expertise to make sure we can provide the best programming and support for our communities.
We come from all walks of life and experiences, but our goal is singular; fulfill the vision of Sanad Collective by nurturing prophetic communities that contribute positively to the social fabric of our society.
Anse Shehnaz Karim is the National Executive Director of Sanad Collective. She leads and spearheads the executive team in ensuring they're delivering on the vision and mission of the organization. She provides the strategic and operational direction for the organization to ensure its growth.
In addition to her operational duties, Anse Shehnaz is also a teacher and instructor at Sanad Collective. She has studied with the foremost scholars of Syria, including Ustadha Tamara Gray. She received her ijāza in the recitation of Quran from the late Shaikh Muḥyī al-Dīn al-Kurdī in 1999. Ustadha Shehnaz has a degree in education from the University of BC; her expertise includes curriculum design and pedagogy from a holistic spiritual perspective.
Ahmad has a Masters in Social Work, and has been doing community development and partnership building in Ottawa for more than 10 years. Ahmad is well rooted in the Ottawa community. He grew up in Ottawa and has been involved in the Muslim community since high school. He has been part of the executive teams of the Muslim Youth of Ottawa and the Carleton MSA. Ahmad has also been a board member at a local non-profit and served on their strategic planning, HR, and finance committees. His current role with Sanad is to ensure financial oversight and building a more transparent and accountable organization.
Attracted by the vision and the strength of the teachings at Sanad Collective, Ruwayna moved back to Canada from across the Atlantic in 2016. Since then, she loves travelling between cities to participate in as many different Sanad programs as possible. She has a background in design thinking and feels blessed to have an opportunity to apply these skills to such a diversity of purposeful projects. Relying on her experience and expertise, Ruwayna spearheads the Programs department to ensure the organization is delivering on its mission of providing spiritually vibrant and culturally relevant programming to its constituents and to the wider community.
Ambar Syed obtained a postgrad diploma in Fundraising Management and has worked with numerous non-profit agencies since, starting her own non-profit consulting agency in 2017. She is the fundraising manager for a $2.8 million capital campaign that just wrapped up in Toronto, and is currently developing the organization's monthly giving plan. Her knowledgebase includes grant writing, developing annual and capital campaigns, database management, donor and volunteer management and stewardship, fundraising events and major gifts. She and her family live near Toronto - but she feels her heart is in Ottawa at the Rhoda and Lotus Cafe!
Sister Hiba Fadol has been working in the corporate world for more than a decade and has been an active member of the Sanad Collective family for several years. Her knowledge and experience are vital in helping Sanad develop its operations and team.
Hiba has been developing her skills as a project controls and management professional for over a decade.
Her knowledge base includes project management, systems & process improvement, and change management. She has lived in several cities across Canada, and currently resides in Ottawa.
Hiba is passionate about community service and engagement. She continues on this journey at Sanad Collective, with a focus on organisational growth and development.
The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give charity and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have mercy upon them, for Allah is Almighty and Wise.
Surat al-Tawba 9:71
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