Board of Directors
MSS is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board provides strategic leadership and guidance in line with the vision, mission and values of MSS.
Founding Director: Idrisa Pandit
Idrisa founded Muslim Social Services in January of 2007. She is passionate about community development, social, and gender justice. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Studies in Islam program at the University of Waterloo.
Abdelfettah Elkchirid is an instructor in the School of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers. Abdelfettah has a depth of experience in cultural adjustment and trauma services and has provided psychotherapy for victims of violence, sexual abuse, and harassment. He brings a passion for youth programs and a visionary outlook to the organization.
Humera Javed is the Education & Inclusion Coordinator at the Diversity & Equity Office, Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. She is a PhD student studying Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), University of Toronto. She is interested in issues of diversity, equity, social justice, religious pluralism, intra and inter-faith dialogue, and how they relate to community-building and education.
Rosina Kharal is one of the longest serving volunteers of MSS and has remained actively involved in organizing the Ramadan Food Drive and many community meal programs of MSS over the years, always in leadership roles. Rosina teaches at the University of Waterloo in the Computer Science department. Many will recognize her as a dedicated behind-the-scenes volunteer and dedicated member of this community.
Rozina Shaheen (MSW, RSW)
I am a registered social worker with several years of community development experience in Canada and abroad. I have worked with K-W Multicultural Center, YMCA, Carizon Family and Community Services and Better Beginnings Project. I am skilled in group facilitation, counselling and crisis intervention. I have been supporting community development through regularly working and volunteering in most of the local agencies in Kitchener-Waterloo area. I have supported immigrant women to raise awareness about inclusion, parenting in two different cultures, self-esteem, and settlement issues. Building strong professional relationships with newcomers has led me to support many immigrant women to excel in their careers. I am a keen learner and believe in consistent learning. I recently did certifications in Addictions and also in Leadership and Management. I encourage newcomers to volunteer and emphasize agencies about volunteer recognition. I have developed linkages with various community organizations to support program development based on inclusion, diversity and cultural sensitivity. I regularly attend community forums, conferences and workshops to share ideas, gain knowledge and to support community development in KW- region. I live in Kitchener with my husband and three children.