Senior Program Coordinator
Reaching New Heights in Thorncliffe Park & Flemingdon Park
Shifa H. Sarker
Shifa is a student at the University of Toronto pursuing double Honours Bachelor degrees in Economics and Political Science.
With her previous experience working as a councillor’s aide at the City of Toronto, a junior advisor at the Inter-American Children’s Institute (part of the Organization of American States), and working for various Members of Parliament, Shifa aims to combine her expertise in child welfare, advocacy, and youth policy programs to help expand MCASS’ work in serving Canadian Muslim families. Through her work as a program coordinator, Shifa’s goal is to help MCASS form partnerships with numerous stakeholders that will work in bridging gaps that marginalized youths and their families may encounter in achieving economic success, career opportunities, legal services, mental health assistance, better housing and more.
Shifa has previously moderated various United Nations child rights and welfare accountability panels and a youth focus group for Child Rights Connect evaluating youth input on improving children’s welfare policies and human rights efforts. She was nominated alongside several CORIA correspondents for the 2019 International Children’s Peace Prize for highlighting the issues encountered by children and youth across North, South and Central America.