MAH Elections 2015 Candidate Profiles Name Mohamed Hamed Ejaz Rasool Butt Position President President Nominated By Ali T. Ghouse Mohammad Aslam Reason for Nomination Statement of Qualifications Experience, Maturity, Administrative knowledge of MAH and community, Knowledge of Islam, Motivation Alhamdollillah, I have been in the board as a director and a vice-president since 2008 (~3 full terms). I have a good understanding and good experience with the various activities and aspects of our MAH. I am a professional Engineer and a professor of Mechanical Engineering. I am a resident of the city of Hamilton since 1987. I am active member of Muslim Association of Hamilton since 1987. I am active member of the community since 1987. I served as direction on the board of Muslim Association of Hamilton for 2 years. I was elected as President of Muslim Association and served as President for 2 years. I have been actively involved in the larger Experienced, Qualified, Ex. community of the City of Hamilton and ran for President of MAH, Initiator of new the Office of the Mayor of the City of Hamilton in 2014 Municipal Election. Along with my other Mosque Project. board members, I actively took part in the initiation and construction of the New Mosque Project during my tenure as President of Muslim Association of Hamilton. The new mosque project was actively started in my tenure as President of the Muslim Association of Hamilton and today by grace of Allah (SWT) the Muslim community is now praying in the new mosque. I am the founder member of the Ontario Taxi Workers Union and Statement of Interest I ask Allah swt to help me maintain and expand all the good activities and services provided at MAH. I would like to establish new services through Government grants, InshaAllah. I would like to work with the Board and community to see MAH a centre of excellence. To locate a reasonable place of worship in the west mountain/ Ancaster area for the Muslim community living in that proximity. Eventually construction of a new mosque in the west mountain/ Ancaster area. Building of Minarets, Elevator, dome and completion of the left over work in the current new mosque on the mountain. Construction of a new triple story building for parking or negotiating a parking space with the city on the other side of of Linc Road. Building of Islamic High School. Increase in interaction with other religious groups, encouraging increased in inter faith dialogue for the better understanding and spreading of the word of Allah (SWT) in the City of Hamilton and adjoining areas. Creating proper learning atmosphere and education arrangement for new Muslims in the community. Initiating a community and recreation centre for the seniors. Foster home arrangement for Muslim children. Continuation of improvement in the by laws of Muslim Association of Hamilton. Encourage MAH Elections 2015 Candidate Profiles Wael Amin Alghoul Ghulam Ali Mohatarem Assistant Treasurer Assistant Treasurer Randa Abu Elhawa Ejaz Nadeem Commitment, Experience and Sincerity Financial Background, Audit Experience, Person for the Mosque became the first president of that association. youth active participation in the community. Two years President of Montana State University Muslim Association. Basic and advanced accounting training. Over seven years banking experience. Canadian Tax preparer 1 Tax Season. 5 years as financial officer in Al Furqan school. Al Furqan school head master the last 3 years of the 5 years service My goal is to serve this community and to help strengthen the financial performance of our MAH organization, create new sources of fixed regular income othern than donations on Fridays. I have done my MBA in finance and have 24 years of International Banking Experience in Retail, Operations and Investment. I have worked for an Audit firm also for 3 years giving me good understanding of internal- external audit and understanding of accounting techniques and processes. Being a banker by profession and having a strong accounting Background, I would like to volunteer and offer services to the MAH. Finance is the field where my services will be of best use the MAH. I can help in advising on accounting processes and writing standard operating procedures for the I was instrumental in setting up new Depts. / accounts and finance Dept. Of MAH besides helping Branches besides running of various branches in in Audits. the banks that I worked for, which has indeed enriched my experience in man management, I Since I understand the Banking system I can help have written banking procedures and processes for improve processes which can save time in dealing Departments under my supervision. with banks. In Canada I have worked for Scotia Bank in Retail banking before starting my own investment portfolio which are mainly in stocks and Mutual funds, at present I am actively involved in North American Stock Market, managing own funds. Management of this portfolio requires that I have to keep myself up-to-date to the Global economic There are various grants available to MAH type organization given by Provincial and Federal Governments, my expertise can be used to tap these funds by preparing and presenting proposals to the respective Departments. MAH Elections 2015 Candidate Profiles scenario as well as to Canadian business news. Uzma Qureshi Yasmeen Mirza Secretary Director Mohamed Hamed Uzma Qureshi Her experience, dedication and hard work I am humbled to have the opportunity to seek reelection as Board Secretary of the MAH. I have served in this position for the past three years. During I have been the MAH Board Secretary for the past this time I have worked diligently and have made it three years. my responsibility to ensure records, policies and procedures are developed and/ or maintained for I have over 10 years experience in marketing, smooth operations. Although much has been communications, public relations, policy and established, I recognize there remains a fair amount project management. of work to undertake. I look forward to continue serving, first and foremost Allah swt, and then our community, for another term, insha’Allah. Experience in community development, management and social services As a child I always accompanied my parents to all My vision for this position is: events at the mosque and spent hours at board Provision of a much broader Islamic meetings etc. Over time I myself got involved in education which not only encompasses the affairs of the Muslim Association of Hamilton. learning but development of our children’s I would help my mom with Eid dinners, and in the Islamic identity. organizations of other functions at the mosque. Making specific educational provision for This experience instilled in me the desire to be sisters involved in the mosque and support our members To make the mosque inclusive of all and organizations in any way I can. I have always Muslims, and not just those from the helped and supported the organization from the subcontinent outside in any way that I can but now with To make the mosque a vibrant focal point of opportunity to get involved in the day to day the community. affairs of the mosque as a director, I feel I can really make a difference. Further, my vision is to provide a range of holistic, In addition to me helping out my parents with culturally sensitive services for the communities of anything I can at the mosque. When my brother Hamilton, drawing on our Islamic values and Javid was the president at the mosque I was the heritage, with a view to improving quality of life and MAH Elections 2015 Candidate Profiles chair of the women’s committee and we organized enhancing community cohesion. various functions. I have had numerous other work experiences that further enhance my qualifications for this position. My resume enumerates the various positions I hold and have held in the Hamilton community as a whole. Currently I work for the city of Hamilton as a Social Worker. I am 3rd Vice President of our union-Local 5167 with over 4000 members. I am responsible for education and bi- laws. I am also a member of the Chief of Police Advisory Committee on Diversity matters. I am involved with the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. I have also been involved with various projects on addiction and mental health with CAMH ( Centre for Addiction and Mental health). I am also the Chair of Labour Relation Committee with the City of Hamilton as well as the Chair of Health and Safety. I am also the Chair of Women’s Committee and the Human Rights Committee with my union and what all of these involvements I have gained valuable expertise in managing, organizing, Observation, self-awareness, Critical Thinking, verbal and written communication and decision making. Further more, I bring to this position the following: Advocate for individual in the community on identified problems Serve as a broker by connecting individual with resources Create and maintain professional helping MAH Elections 2015 Candidate Profiles Azeem Patel Director Uzma Qureshi Extensive youth work leadership capabilities relationships Improve problem-solving, coping and development capacities of all people Be able to engage and communicate with diverse population and groups of all sizes Have a knowledge and understanding of human relationships Provide services to not only support change in the individual but also in his/ her environment as well I have been living in Hamilton pretty much my entire life and have seen the masjid grow as I grew. In April 9, 2015 I will be completing my I believe that there are many things that the Muslim degree in Political Science at McMaster community is capable of doing and and I have University. several ideas that I would love to see implemented. and I have served on other boards before including One of these ideas is to have an Islamic Studies fair that of the Children’s International Learning where children prepare presentations for the Centre in Hamilton. I also have a wide base of community and can judged. The top three would get other volunteer experiences. As a young, educated prizes awarded to them. and creative youth I would love to give back to my community. Khalid Azzam Director Uzma Qureshi I am an academic Internal Medicine Specialist and father of five. I have been in Hamilton since 2008. Prior to moving to Hamilton, from 2005-2007, I Experience in Administration, was elected as the inaugural President of Manitoba Islamic Association- Thomson Chapter. Education and governance In my role, I established a working relationship between Thomson Muslim Association and Manitoba Islamic Association. Working closely with other charitable organizations, during this Serving Islam and the Muslim community is a priority of mine. My intension to join the MAH Board of Directors is to please Allah through devoting time and energy to serve the Hamilton Muslims community. I will bring in a wealth of knowledge and experience in administrative leadership, governance, strategic planning, teambuilding and stakeholders engagement. It would be an honour and pleasure to utilize my skills and MAH Elections 2015 Candidate Profiles period, we built the Masjid in Thomson. Over the abilities in these domains to help the MAH and the past 10 years I have assumed significant academic Muslim community in Hamilton. and administrative leadership roles. I am currently the Assistant Dean for Continuing Health Sciences Education in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. I am a collaborative leader and believe in doing what is right. One of my strongest leadership skills is my ability to bring teams together to work effectively. Over the past year I have been an officer at the Hamilton Muslim Association Board supporting the board with its activities. Zeeshan Ahmed Director Ejaz Nadeem - 3 years work at GE Water as service Planner- Several areas that I would like to contribute towards, co-ordinating proposals for service Insha Allah: Professional skill, Passion for the Mosque, Strategic thinker - leading meetings, working alongside sales Islamic Education at the Mosque is the next step teams, performing costing models forward for our Hamilton Muslim community. I am pleased to learn of the efforts to teach the Quran at - Mosque volunteer, initiated Matrimonial service the Mosque, and would like to help in continuing the last year progress on Islamic education. - Deep interest in Islamic learning Under the Journey Together umbrella, I helped to run - Passionate about Islam and our Mosque our first matrimonial service at the mosque. I am hoping to broaden the scope of these services, Insha - Hamilton resident since 1984 Allah. I envision making advances in the not-for-profit and business fields. I see opportunities to bring the passion and firm guidance of the mosque into these areas and with some integrity, we can provide opportunities for start-ups as well, Insha Allah. As our community gets better established, our costs rise exponentially, requiring a corresponding MAH Elections 2015 Candidate Profiles offsetting by moving services to not-for-profit feebased areas and assisting business start-ups that share our values who would donate some proceeds back to the mosque. I am hopeful that a renewed push will increase community participation. The areas I am concentrating on are: coordinated allocation of volunteer resources, better logistics using technology such as WhatsApp, and on-campus recruitment at Mohawk and McMaster MSAs, InshaAllah. - Hamiltonian Muslim for the last ~20 years Mohammed Smadi Director Ejaz Nadeem Qualification as explained to the - x- Director of Shabab Islamic Centre right. - Current Board member of MAH - Help grow MAH capacity by identifying & attracting talents and resources of the community - Practicing engineer/ professional in Ontario Badiuz Zaman Director Shuja Qureshi - B.Com from Bangladesh University of - improve non-ISH educational offering - Continue to improve on processes and offering of MAH Chittagong, - I would like to help the board in the various committees Good standing member of community, loyal and dedicated - Past chairman of Parent Council of Templemead - I can be helpful in the Islamic School due to my School, Hamilton experience in Templemead School - Community policing volunteer of Hamilton - I will help to reduce the gap between the board and Police Services the community Syed Abdul Wahab Director Ejaz Nadeem I am running a business for past 9 years. Our expertise are IT Staffing Augmentation. I can help Passionate about well being of the identifying the right skills which can be helpful to Mosque, Posess computer skills MAH’s growth and achieve long term and short which will be helpful for MAH, term goals. My job is to understand the needs and committed to work hard deliver accordingly. I manage different verticals which includes recruitment, sales, finance, My interest is to serve community from MAH’s platform. I want to learn and participate on day to day challenges. My vision is to ring community on one platform. I am very much interested in helping youth and guide them for their career goals. I strongly believe working with team members, Insha Allah. jzk MAH Elections 2015 Candidate Profiles payroll. Abdul Lateef Samir Hussein Director Director Hafsa Syeda Mohammed Smadi 1- MSA Shoura member at Chicago- 20022003 2- Riyadh Al Saliheen Institute student – (rsichicago.com) 2005-2008 3- Khateeb in various masajid in Chicago2004-2008 My aim is to bridge the gap between the management & the community. I am currently working as a Plant Manager for an automotive Company. My responsibilities include management of company departments, ensuring Active community member who optimal customer satisfaction and ultimately has the experience and dedication generating profit for the company. I am a college to improve our community graduate from the Industrial Engineering program with extensive range and courses taken throughout my working experience/ year. I feel that my past experience that I have developed throughout my years of working experience and community involvement as well as my education can qualify me to contribute in many areas such as acquiring or expanding our Islamic School to include a high school and I can take on any other project the community is in need for relating to facilities as well as systems. Previous experience & dedication in working for the Muslim community The masjid can function much more efficiently if we can engage the greater Muslim community of Hamilton insha Allah.
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