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Meet our dedicated staff

Sabina Ali


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


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


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.


Shaheen Wasid


Park Cafe Chef

Shaheen is very passionate about food and it's flavours.She loves working at the Cafe and making variety of menu items.Her favourite item is Kachori. She offers great customer service

and is very fond of children who visit the Cafe to buy her food.


Maryam Jan


Bread Baker

Maryam has been involved with TPWC for 8 years.She loves her community and wanted to to be part of it. She loves interacting with women while making bread and share stories from her home country. She is expert in making traditional Bolani- a stuffed flat bread in Tandoor oven.


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