MSS is run by our dedicated hard-working staff who ensure that our organization runs properly on a day-to-day basis.
Engin Sezen, MA, MEd, PhD.,
Coordinator and Counsellor
Engin Sezen has a variety of work and educational experiences in Canada and overseas. After working as a high school teacher and social activist for over 10 years in Turkey, he came to Canada in 2001. Since then, Engin has worked closely with diverse populations, mainly underprivileged children and families in marginalized communities in Ottawa, Montreal, and the Waterloo region, as a community leader, mental health advocate and educator. Over the years, he has created and fostered welcoming spaces and developed inclusive intercultural environments that provide a sense of belonging for immigrant families and individuals.
Engin Sezen earned his PhD in Human Relationships: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at Martin Luther University College. In his doctoral dissertation, he focussed on the relationship between community engagement and well-being in Muslim communities of the Waterloo region. He highlighted the significance of creating alternative spaces for newcomers, especially in the early years of their acculturation experiences. He worked as a group co-facilitator of the Partner Assault Response (PAR) program at the John Howard Society in Kitchener. Engin has also served in the Federal Government as the Muslim representative at the Grand Valley Institution for Women as well as Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs as a language specialist and cultural advisor in 2006-2012. He taught Turkish Language and Literature as a faculty lecturer at McGill University in Montreal in 2015-2016. Engin Sezen co-initiated various non-profit institutions. These community-based not-for profit institutions, initially focused on Turkish and Muslim immigrants. He started weekend language schools, homework clubs, summer schools for school-aged children, and prepared culturally sensitive parent workshops for children and families. As a community leader over the years, Engin Sezen has welcomed hundreds of immigrants and refugees to Ottawa, Montreal, and the Waterloo Region, and he has facilitated their integration and acculturation processes in Canadian society. Engin Sezen has been working with the newcomers in their communities to strengthen their sense of belonging and citizenship, enhancing safer and more engaged neighbourhoods.
Languages: English, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Turkmen, Uygur, Uzbek (proficient)
Arabic (can read and write)
Rozina Shaheen, MSW, RSW
Counsellor- Community Engagement Coordinator
Rozina has more than 10 years of community development experience in Waterloo Region and internationally. She holds Masters in Social Work from the Wilfird Laurier University with specialization in Individual, family and groups counselling. She also has certifications in Leadership and Management and Addictions.
Rozina is a committed community developer who strives to work for positive change through advocacy as well as to directly enable individuals to access services to meet needs. Rozina is very strong and unique program developer and known for welcoming and engaging new participants to the programs. She holds a clear vision for sustainable development through engaging diverse communities. Having an innate sense of the family dynamics, a good foundation in parenting issues, as well as deep understanding of settlement and immigration challenges, Rozina has been actively involved in supporting newcomer families for more than ten years in Kitchener-Waterloo area. Rozina has also served MSS as a past Board member.
Languages: English, Urdu and Punjabi