MSS is run by our dedicated hard-working staff who ensure that our organization runs properly on a day-to-day basis.

Name: Dr. Iman Arab, M.D., M.P.H.

Executive Director

Dr. Iman Arab joined the MSS team in July of 2016, after volunteering with the organization for a number of years. She holds a Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.), as well as a Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.). Dr. Arab worked in Damascus, Syria, as a Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health. She also has experience working with national and international organizations, in various Middle Eastern countries. In Canada, Dr. Arab’s professional career has been health-related, with an emphasis on mental health promotion and education, diversity and intercultural communication. As a volunteer, Dr. Arab has served on the Board Directors at the Reception House, for government-assisted refugees. Additionally, she is also a member of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. Currently, Dr. Arab is a member of the Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns. She is also the Chair for the Immigration Partnership – Belonging Group. Dr. Arab is also the founder of her own not-for-profit organization, the Bring Back Hope network for Syrian Refugees.

Women who Inspire, Coalition of Muslim Women
Award of Distinction, World Refugee Day


Name: Dr. Abdelfettah Elkchirid Ph.D., MSW, RSW,

Head of Counselling Department


Abdelfettah Elkchirid is an associate professor at 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.


Name: Amal Alhasan

Project facilitator

Amal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Diploma in General Education, and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Damascus. In Syria, Amal spent 20 years as a pioneer in early childhood education. Alongside UNICEF, she was a leader in the creation and development of early childhood curricula for Palestinian children in Syria and Lebanon. Amal finished her ECECC equivalency in Ontario and completed many programs, including; the Peer Health Worker Training Certificate, as well as leadership and mental health training programs. Amal has also done a lot of volunteering in the Kitchener/Waterloo region as a language teacher at an after-school program in local high schools and was part of the refugee integration program.