Ahmed is a Director of Cloud/DevOps Strategy, and teaches Cloud Computing at the UofT School of Continuing Studies. As a Muslim Egyptian Canadian, he often finds himself on both sides of the "opressor-victim" narrative, depending on the situation. This drives his passion for equality, humanity and justice. For Ahmed, Heart to Heart is a symbol of that. Ahmed believes that its easy to get lost trying to find a solution for all the world's troubles but much harder to actually dig down and solve one problem at a time. Prior to joining the Heart to Heart Fundraising and Community Building Committee Ahmed was a member of Heart to Heart's Community Advisory Council.
Debbie is a retired Principal of three diverse schools in TDSB, as well as an Administrator of General Studies at a private Jewish day school. Two innovative programs under her leadership were highlighted in the Toronto Star. Debbie was also a Special Education Consultant, regular & special ed teacher. Debbie has been the Co-chair of the Building Heart Committee for several years, as well as a member of the Heart to Heart Steering Committee. She is excited to take on the role as Co-chair of the newly formed Heart to Heart Fundraising & Community Building Committee. Debbie believes passionately in the power of effective education to make a positive difference in the lives of young people. She cares deeply about the possibility of creating peace in the Middle East. Since 2013, Debbie has worked with Heart to Heart to help enable the training & development of future Israeli leaders, Jewish & Palestinian, who can work together to create a just & truly shared society.
Karen had a 25-year career in the non-profit sector, primarily as an Executive Director of organizations related to workforce development policies and programs. She spent 2 years as a public servant and another 2 years at the Canadian Labour Congress. She now works as an independent consultant. She has been involved with Heart to Heart since 2016, helping to organize the annual Building Heart fundraising dinner. Karen moved to Canada from Israel in 1987 after 13 years of living at Kibbutz Gezer, of which she is a founding member. She went to Israel hoping to support a labour government in its efforts to make peace and end the occupation. She moved to Canada with her husband Charlie, a native Torontonian and 2 children.
Karine's main focus for the past 28 years has been raising her five children. On the side, and most recently, she co-chaired The Bathurst Street Cookbook project on behalf of UJA and has held various volunteer roles at UJA including Co-Head Professionals Committee and Chair of Fashion Conscience and Tikkun Olam Women's Philanthropy. She has in the past held director positions on several boards including CHAT, Leo Baeck, Jewish Family and Child. Following her graduation from the Joint MBA/Llb program at Osgoode Hall/ York University, Karine practiced corporate commercial law from 1990 - 1996 at Smith Lyons. She has broad interests in the arts, food, health, sustainability and current affairs including a strong interest and love for Israel. She is very eager to support Heart to Heart's Canadian based efforts to create an inclusive society in Israel and generate dialogue and bridge the gaps between its Jewish and Palestinian Arab populations, beginning with its youth.
Mark received his law degree and after practicing for 18 months went into a small business building and developing office condos and non profit housing. After nine years he joined as CEO of Canada's first web site development company "E- Commerce" which was subsequently sold. After a challenging two years Mark decided to pursue his dream career of running and operating a summer camp and has run Camp Manitou for the past two decades. Mark's involvement with charity work started with the young leadership division of the Canadian friends of the Hebrew University, becoming its second president. Mark has spent 12 years as a Board member of Ve'ahavta and was President of the Board for two years. Mark has sat on the board of the Ontario Camps Association for over a decade.
Mohamed is a Canadian Muslim IT professional with several years working in the software industry. He cares about world peace, social justice, and civil rights. He has been active in interfaith initiatives for many years including as an advisor at the Muslim Jewish Conference. Mohamed hopes for a day when Israelis and Palestinians can share a diverse and harmonious society and Heart to Heart's message and genuine approach helps him keep that hope alive.
Noura is a Program Manager for the Local Poverty Reduction Fund at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, where she manages a $50 million funding portfolio to help lift people from poverty. Due to her affinity to community and passion for people's development, Noura previously created herself the Public Relations and Development Officer role at the Canadian Arab Institute. Her ability to build, strengthen relationships and connect with people enabled her to assist Arabic-speaking newcomers to Canada through her position as Settlement Counselor at the Afghan Women's Organization. She co-founded and was a board member of the Professional Canadian Arab Network (PCAN). Noura is tri-lingual and is dedicated to issues on identity, diversity, integration and development. In 2016, she contributed a chapter to the anthology, An Arab Women's Notebook, which launched at Ben McNally's bookstore in Toronto. Noura is a Canadian Palestinian and believes in justice, equality and peace for all.