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Board of Directors 2016 / 2017

Khalid Ahmed, MA, Chair is proud to have lived in the Warden Woods community for 18 years before relocating his family within Toronto in 2016. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto. He holds a Master’s of Political Science degree and an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science degree, both from the University of Toronto. His research generally focuses on comparative development politics and public policy in third world countries. Khalid is the Secretary General of the Sudanese Canadian Human Rights Organization in Toronto and a former board member of the Woodsworth College Alumni Association, University of Toronto.

Kevin Wijesingha, BA, Board and finance committee member; having grown up in the Warden Woods area, Mr. Wijesingha is keenly aware of the challenges the community faces. His entrepreneurial drive began in university where he operated a technology company while acquiring a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree with honors from the University of Toronto. Upon graduation he successfully operated a talent management firm for 8 years. He now operates community based child care centers. This new phase in his life is about giving back to the community which has helped him over the years. His interests lay in community based entrepreneurship and politics.

Dr. Tanmay Panda has been involved in community work since his student days in India and Dubai. An academician by profession, Tanmay holds both Doctorate and M.Phil. Degrees in Management from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India in addition to a Master’s degree in Human Resources. Before coming to Canada, he was working as a Professor and Dean with BITS Pilani (one of the top universities of India) at their Dubai Campus. He was impressed with the variety of work that WWCC does and was spellbound by the passion with which the work is done; making it his first choice to volunteer. Even though a new immigrant he has received appreciation for his volunteering work at AWICS and Scarborough Senior Club. He is currently teaching at University of Guelph and other Business Schools as a Professor.

Mehnaaz Bholat, BBA, CA, CPA, is currently a Senior Financial Analyst at Morneau Shepell. A graduate of the Schulich School of Business in 2011, Mehnaaz started full time with

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and obtained the Charted Professional Accountant Designation in October 2014. During her time at PwC, she audited various not for profit organizations. Currently Mehnaaz works in the external reporting department at Morneau Shepell and her responsibilities include the compilation of financial statements, month entries and external audits. In her free time she likes to get involved in community activities and spend time with her family. Mehnaaz is highly motivated to helping the community as a member of the Warden Woods Board.

Ahilan Kumaraverl. MBA, Ahilan will bring his perspective and professional experience in valued based leadership and teamwork to the Board of Directors. For over 5 years, Ahilan has

worked in consulting roles with a focus on functions within the Financial Services industry. He completed his MBA from Queen’s University.

Resala Alezy, MSc Statistics/Social Work, Resala has worked in Sweden, Finland and Canada, gathering extensive experience in data administration, gathering the accurate data, analyzing data Fundraising, Event Planning, Marketing, Settlement planning and newcomer supports. She applies personal initiative, and a strong work ethic to help not-for profit organizations and communities. Currently, Resala is doing research, analyzing and presenting qualitative and quantitative data as well as teaching at the Canadian College of Business and Technology in Toronto.

Doly Begum, MSc., is a dedicated community organizer for over 12 years. As a first-generation immigrant woman who experienced the struggles that families face with a lack of social services, Doly understands the need for community projects that provide help and support. She works with socially marginalized groups to connect them to resources and support needed. Doly’s work focuses on harnessing the strength of marginalized members to encourage growth of the community. Doly graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from University of Toronto and a Master of Science from University College London. She is currently a Private Consultant working on a provincial campaign as well as the Director of Government Relations at Power Unit Youth Organization. Doly’s professional experience includes public policy, political affairs,

gender mainstreaming, and project design and management. Doly started as a Community advisory Group member at Warden Woods Community Centre and has continued as Board member in WWCC.

Joe Barbieri, is a recent retiree with Business management experience that includes Profit and Loss responsibility, sales and marketing, financial oversight and operations.

Looking to contribute to the vibrancy of the southwest Scarborough community and develop your leadership capacity?

Warden Woods welcomes those willing to share their expertise, learn from others and give a few hours per month to learn more

about joining our Board of Directors. Board members bring the voice of the community to the agency’s leadership and long term vision.

 

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