Adil Dhalla is the Director of Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) – a rapidly growing hub for more than 1000 social entrepreneurs and organizations. As one of the first coworking spaces in the world, CSI has been a pioneer in its work around re-envisioning the future of work, which includes the creation of the Director of Culture role (one of the first of its kind globally). Along with his team, Adil has been learning, playing and experimenting with stewarding CSI’s culture through its stories, events, policies, products, systems and people management – all with an eye towards fostering belonging, happiness and greater impact. In addition to his work at CSI, Adil has been a serial social entrepreneur, Co-Founded the mobile video pioneer My City Lives, volunteered for the Obama campaign and has created several successful community interventions, including Project Ukulele Gangsterism, Part E-Day and the Regent Park Community Potluck. He is currently the Chair of the Board for the Stop Gap Foundation, an inspiring organization creating accessible cities and a Co-Founder of Camp Reset, the acclaimed summer camp for adults.
In the wake of the tragic shootings in Orlando, Florida in 2016, Farheen Khan, the originator of Muslims Actually, interviewed El-Farouk Khaki, a refugee and immigration lawyer based in Toronto who identifies as Muslim and is also a member of the LGBTQ community. He was involved in organizing the community iftar (meal to break fast during Ramadan) held in June 2016 in Toronto in the wake of the Orlando Shooting, which brought together members of the LGBTQ community, members of the Muslim community, and people who identify themselves as both Muslim and LGBTQ. This event was covered in The Toronto Star.
Ibrahim Hindy has launched an online crowdfunding campaign with other non-Black Muslims in Toronto hoping to raise $5000 to support Black Lives Matter-Toronto as an act of solidarity and love for Black Muslims and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
For many people, the first thought that comes to mind about Palestine is tragic conflict not intricate embroidery. It is an unfortunate reality, but one budding Canadian business is slowly changing that.
Motarrazat is an Ottawa based clothing company started by Palestinian Canadian Manal Abusheikha. Having immigrated to Canada from Jordan with her husband and children in 2001, she left behind most of her extended family and friends. In the beginning, the couple started a small business and sought to finish school. Manal’s husband, Waleed, soon graduated in project management and she enjoyed looking through his textbooks which prompted her to also get her masters in the same field. Her interest in business led her to open her own day care and later on, her very own clothing company.
What started out as a play made by Rohingya refugee youth in Ontario is on its way to becoming a full length documentary. Muslim Link spoke with actor Yusuf Zine is crowdfunding for a documentary to share the stories of the Rohingya refugees he has been working with in Kitchener-Waterloo over the last few years.
If you could sum up Hoda Elatawi in one word, it would most likely be ‘storyteller.’ From a young age, Elatawi loved the art of storytelling, and would turn many of her school assignments into plays, fashion shows, or some other form of artwork.
November is Adoption Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Children's Aid Societies across Ontario spread the message that every child deserves to have a forever family' in the hopes of encouraging more families to open their homes to children in care.
Mode-ste, Canada’s largest and fastest growing Modest Fashion brand. started a few years ago, when Aicha Chtourou and her mother Hong, a master seamstress, started a small women’s clothier out of their basement in Montreal.