Meet our dedicated staff

Sabina Ali

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Executive Director

Sabina Ali is one of the founding members of the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee. She has worked to build the capacity and economic opportunities of residents and manages a wide variety of food, art, fitness, markets and garden programs. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Coke award for excellence in leadership in 2011, the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize for her work in transforming the city through innovative thinking, dedication to community development, and passion for hard work, and the 2014 Phenomenal Woman Award. She was  also selected as one of the Top Ten Torontonians to get the things done by Globe and Mail. In 2017 she received an award for Excellence in Civic Action and the MP’s Sesquicentennial Citizenship Award. She is also an active member of Toronto Food Policy Council.

Masooma Javed

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Park Cafe Assistant

Masooma started as a volunteer at our Thorncliffe Community Garden. She helped with the maintenance of the garden and assisted with the Children's -Drop- In program.

She likes to be involved in the community and she is now working as an assistant at our Park Cafe. She offers high standards of customer service, manages Point of Sales system and also assists the chef in the meal preparation.

Shaheeda Shamsi

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Community Support Worker

Shahida is a Community Support Worker and an entrepreneur. She has been involved with TPWC as a vendor at the Friday Market for the past 2 years and has been helping with various programming with TPWC and is serving as a peer leader. Prior to coming to Canada, she used to work as a health inspector in which she assisted her community, reported their health needs and delivered medications.

 

Farzana Dakhani

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Park Cafe Chef

 Farzana is a mother of three loving children.They arrived recently with their dad. She was a recipient of our Neighbour's- In-Need meal program.She loves cooking and wanted to be part of TPWC. She prepares meals and snacks for the Cafe. She enjoys her time at the Cafe.