Coordinator: Dr. Iman Arab            

Iman Arab joined the MSS team as of July 2016 after being a volunteer with the organization for a number of years.
Iman Arab is a Doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree, as well as a Masters degree in Public Health. Iman worked in Damascus, Syria, as a Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health. Iman also worked in different Middle Eastern countries with national and international organizations. In Canada, Iman’s professional career has been health-related, with an emphasis on mental health promotion and education, diversity and intercultural communication skills. As a volunteer, Iman served as a Board Director at the Reception House for government assisted refugees in addition to being a member of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. Currently, Iman is a member of the Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns as well as the Chair of the Immigration Partnership – Belonging Group. Iman is also the founder of the Bring Back Hope network for Syrian Refugees.
Women who Inspire, Coalition of Muslim Women
Award of Distinction, World Refugee Day

RanaCounsellor: Rana Shami            

Rana Shami holds a bachelor degree in social work and is currently completing her Master’s in health-focused social work at the University of Waterloo. Rana is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and brings extensive experience in providing social work services to individuals and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. Rana has facilitated parenting and behaviour management workshops in the community. Thorugh her work with a number of local organizations, Rana provides compassionate social work services to families and children with disabilities, complex behavioural challenges, and mental health challenges. Rana is competent in providing culturally sensitive counselling services to families and individuals in both Arabic and English.


Farhat-Javed-PhotoCounsellor: Farhat Javed        

Farhat Javed holds a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in Individual, Families and Group Counselling (IFG) and is extensively experienced in providing culturally sensitive services to diverse populations, including immigrants. She has extensive experience in working with youth clients through working with Family and Children Services (FCS) and Lutherwood Youth Mental Health Agency (LYMH). At FCS, she worked as a Child Protection Worker and provided preventative and protective service duties as outlined in the Child and Family Services Act. At LYMH, she worked as an Intern Clinician and developed hands-on skills in dealing with complex issues relating to diversity in culture, gender, age, and economic standing through individual/family counselling and group therapy. Farhat has also worked as an Educational Trainer for Planned Parenthood where she led group facilitation activities in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, mental health and wellness for newly migrated women of various cultural backgrounds.