Board of Directors
Sanga Achakzai – Chair
Sanga Achakzai has graduated from York University, with a Specialized Honors in International Relations, as well as a bilingual certificate in French. She took the role of research assistant with the Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO) for a research proposal for CIDA.
Sanga also assumed the role of community work and volunteer coordination with AWO, where she took active roles in managing events, writing proposals and participating in the strategic planning of the Agency. Currently, Sanga is undertaking the role of Enhanced Language Training Facilitator for internationally trained medical professionals, at Catholic Cross Cultural Services.
With a passion for community development, civic engagement and a vision that includes a prosperous and an inclusive Toronto where minorities are able to access leadership roles, Sanga joined CASSA. She is whole wholehearted in terms of seeing CASSA reaching its Strategic goals in promoting health equity, reducing poverty, supporting immigration and settlement, strengthening gender equity and building a non-racist Ontario. She is confident that she can be a great advocate of CASSA’s strategic plan, and can cater to the needs of its Organizational development through her 7 years of experience in community development, civic engagement and leadership capabilities.
Anjum Sultana – Vice Chair
Anjum Sultana has been a board member with CASSA for the past two years and is excited to go into her third year of service for the board.
Anjum is very passionate about health equity and social justice and that has led to her current role as a Masters of Public Health Student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. For our MPH degree, she has specialized in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Community Development and Global Health with interests in Public Health Policy.
Anjum has worked and volunteered at various institutions with a focus on reducing racial health inequities such as eHealth Ontario, Mount Sinai Hospital, Sick Kids Hospital, Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention and Women’s College Research Institute. She is deeply committed in developing equitable high-quality health care systems and has focused on this in her work in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and with IMAGINE, a health promotion initiative affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, that provides clinical, curative, illness prevention services in their weekly clinic and through outreach efforts to focus on health promotion and community development. In the future, she is interested in working on public health policy analyst for governments and international institutions and is currently completing a practicum as a Health Policy and Communications Analyst at the Association of Ontario Health Centres.
Tanzina Islam – Secretary
Tanzina Islam is the Manager of Health Promotion & Community Relations for the East Mississauga Community Health Centre. In her role, she oversees Health Promotion programs targeting priority populations, supports strategic planning, and monitors population needs and advocates for the good health of the Mississauga community. She was formerly a Project Coordinator at CASSA for the CapaCITY Creators Project and is a current member of CASSA’s Health Equity Task Force.
Tanzina has worked in the areas of mental health, chronic health, gender-based violence, community engagement and health equity across institutions such as Humber College, Toronto Public Health and the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH). Tanzina also leads two independent research projects focused on ‘understanding honour killing as a form of gender-based violence’ and ‘identifying risk factors for global sex trafficking’. She is a University of Toronto Alumni and holds a Master of Public Health degree. Her expertise lies in applying evidence-based knowledge when developing, implementing and evaluating health interventions. Central to her focus is integrating equity-focused frameworks when planning health services for marginalized populations. She hopes to be a part of initiatives that empower communities, strengthening community action, and challenge sociopolitical structures that contribute to poor health and inequity
Leanne Saldanha – Treasurer
Joining CASSA this summer, Leanne Saldanha brings a strong background in arts and cultural heritage to the board. She is currently pursuing graduate research in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University, with a focus on supplementary art practices that can ease the strain of immigration processes for recent immigrants and refugees. Her research focuses on issues of belonging and integration and the complexity of these social asks, especially for people who are prone to experiencing social inequities here in Canada.
Leanne is highly attuned to the difficulties of social inclusion in urban contexts and is excited to tackle this concern for South Asian communities through working with CASSA.