About

Islamic Social Services Association Inc. (ISSA) was established in 1999 at a meeting of 60 Muslim social workers, mental health professionals and counsellors in Washington D.C. Visionary founders of ISSA are: the late Dr. Maryam Funches, Dr. Aneesah Nadir, Dr. Bilquis Eltarab and Shahina Siddiqui. In 2003 ISSA split into 2 sister and independent organizations: one in the USA and one in Canada. ISSA Canada operates as a non-profit, charitable organization and carries a mission to provide family, health, and social welfare services inclusive of the many cultural and ethnic groups that comprise the Muslim community in North America.

ISSA’s Mission

Canadian society is inclusive and has a strengthened Muslim community, where cultural and ethnic groups and their members’ social, cultural, spiritual and economic well-being is fundamental. Each person’s potential is achieved by accessing and receiving culturally, linguistically and spiritually appropriate health, social and economic services and supports.

ISSA’s Mandate

In collaboration with and integrated into mainstream human services, we provide family, health and social welfare services, inclusive of the many cultural and ethnic groups that comprise our Muslim communities in Manitoba and Canada. ISSA helps facilitate, bridge, navigate, advocate, collaborate, educate and build awareness, and provide direct service and support to individuals and communities by collaborating and integrating into mainstream health and social services of our community.

Our Board Members

Shahina Siddiqui, BA

President

Biography

Co-founded Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA). She served as volunteer executive director for ISSA-- USA and Canada from 1999 to 2003. She continues to serve as president and volunteer executive director of ISSA- Canada.

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Abdo Eltassi, CM

Vice-President

Biography

First job - loading trucks in the shipping department of Peerless Garments. In 1978, appointed General Manager and by 2003, President and CEO. Also a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba.

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Harun Kibirige

Treasurer

Biography

Currently Assistant Manager, Investment Reporting & Analysis at Great-West Life. Held positions as Senior Accountant at BDO Canada and Staff Accountant at Deloitte Canada. Volunteered at Manitoba Islamic Association

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Terumi Kuwada

Secretary

Biography

Is a retired Social Worker in many fields of social services in MB, AB and BC. Awarded the ‘Governor General's Caring Canadian Award.’ Was part of the Redress Settlement Committee & Human Rights Committee,

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Abdikheir Ahmed

Member

Biography

Is the Citizens’ Bridge Program Manager with the North End Community Renewal Corporation in Winnipeg. Until recently, he was the Interim Australia where he studied on a Rotary Peace Fellowship.

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Idris Knapp

Member

Biography

Moved to Winnipeg 2008 from United States. Executive Director of Winnipeg Central Mosque (WCM). Graduate of Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute (CMLI). Runs the neighbourhood market and gardens on grounds of WCM

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Professor Sid Frankel

Member

Biography

Received Ph.D 1991 - University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare; 1983 M.S.W. from University of Manitoba, School of Social Work, and 1974 B.S.W., University of Manitoba, School of Social Work

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Kobra Rahimi

Member

Biography

Serves on the board of the Kurdish Association of Manitoba and steering committee of the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute. Is in her second year at the University Of Manitoba Faculty Of Law.

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Shiraz Mussaddiq

Member

Biography

Bachelors Mechanical Engineering - University of Manitoba, Senior Designer at New Flyer Industries. Active volunteer, devoted to community service. Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity.

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Dr. Niigaan Sinclair

Member

Biography

Acting Department Head - July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017, University of Manitoba. Ph.D. University of British Columbia 2013. Regular commentator on CBC, CTV, & APTN regarding current Indigenous issues

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Our Staff

Irene McConachy

Office Coordinator

Biography

Worked at ISSA - seven years. 2009 Certificate with Honours - Community Development/ Community Economic Development - Red River Community College.

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William Barr

Preventative Family Support Services - Coordinator

Biography

Bachelor of Arts - the University of Winnipeg and Bachelor of Social Work - Booth University College. Dedicated to community and youth initiatives at the local and international level.

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Rubina Atif

Preventative Family Support Services - Family Support Worker

Biography

Masters - English Literature -University of Punjab. Principal and Teacher for 16 years. Program Coordinator - 2015 Multicultural Tea Fest. Conducts workshops on positive parenting.

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Sabrina Bahadoosingh

Operations Manager

Biography

Degree-Business and Psychology - University of Manitoba. Volunteer- Folklorama, Winnipeg Harvest, Siloam Mission. Case Worker-Salvation Army Booth Centre; Program Coordinator - The Haven

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