Samya is the Interim Executive Director at CASSA. She was a Project Manager at CASSA and led the CapaCITY Creators and South Asian Gift of Life projects in 2015 – 2016. Samya attained her Masters of Public Policy degree from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance in June 2013. Prior to her Masters, Samya attained an Honours Bachelor of Arts with high distinction in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Toronto. Samya has a particular interest in social policy and is passionate about poverty reduction in Canada. She has written Masters level policy papers on transportation, immigration & race relations, child care, housing, international development, economic development & innovation, health care, and City branding.
Prior to her employment at CASSA, Samya worked at the Affordable Housing Office in the City of Toronto as a Research Associate and Policy Consultant. During her time at the Affordable Housing Office, Samya worked on various housing-related files including Toronto Community Housing Special Working Group, Toronto Renovates, and Affordable Homeownership. As a Toronto Urban Fellow, Samya worked at the Municipal Licensing and Standards division at the City of Toronto, conducting a by-law review of the limousine industry in Toronto.
Samya also has experience in the not-for-profit sector through her volunteer work with the Orphan Sponsorship Program and Beauty for Breast Cancer. Samya was the past President and Donor Liaison of the Orphan Sponsorship Program through which more than 135 orphans in over 22 developing countries are given financial support on an annual basis. Samya is also the President and Founder of Beauty for Breast Cancer, a not-for-profit organization that provides financial support to breast cancer patients in Pakistan.
Kiran Khan – Kiran is a Project Facilitator at CASSA. Kiran has a degree in Public Health and Safety from Ryerson University and enjoys work that gives her an opportunity to interact with diverse and inclusive communities. Her wide variety of work at CASSA includes assisting and supporting various projects and events led by CASSA. Kiran’s role includes aiding in running projects and events smoothly by working on organizing, planning, logistics, coordination and more. Through her work at CASSA, Kiran has received an opportunity to understand and learn more about the non-profit sector, partnership building with in community organizations and advocating for minority groups. She wants to continue adding to her knowledge in the future and work with other community organizations to create programs that build capacity and empowers minority groups.
Farhat works as Finance Coordinator at CASSA. She has over a decade of experience in accounting in non-profit sector. She is responsible for all aspects of bookkeeping including budgets, financial reports, payroll, banking needs, cash flow analysis and more. She also assists with the annual audit and updates the management about the fundraising needs of the organization from time to time.
Tariq Naeem is a marketing and outreach professional with extensive experience. He has worked in both government and private sector that includes Multinational Telecom Company, sports industry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry as well as a media group, MOBY. He is a creative, meticulous and a dynamic person. He beats every goal set for him without delays. Not only is he a positive person when it comes to his personal life, but is very inspiring for the team members that he lead.