Community Services Officer - Social Services
Saleha Ansari recently completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, with a double major in Molecular Biology, Immunology and Disease, and Health Studies within the Population Health stream. Over the course of her academic career, she has learned the importance of the social determinants of health that function in parallel to the biological mechanisms that implicate individual health and wellbeing. Accordingly, her interests align with health promotion strategies to resolve health inequities, with a particular focus on community development among intersectional communities including factors of religion, disability, race, and corresponding linguistic diversity.
In the past year, Saleha has devoted her time to an international research project in Malawi as a research assistant at the University of Toronto’s International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation. Simultaneously, she continues to volunteer at the March of Dimes and Aphasia Institute to facilitate conversation for people with aphasia and communication impairments. Her interests in disability studies, public health, and rehabilitation are all driven by her passion for supporting marginalized communities.
As a Community Services Officer – Social Services at MCASS, she is excited to nurture an environment that supports the provision of accessible and equitable services. By doing so, she hopes to empower the Muslim community in a meaningful and creative manner.