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What is Being ME?

Who we are?
Being ME is organised by Mercy Mission, a Muslim organisation that seeks to bring a world where every Muslim can live faithfully to their belief, building an exemplary Islamic community that benefits humanity. We are established in 8 countries and active in building schools and promoting Islamic knowledge according to the authentic teachings of the Quran and Hadith.

What we do?
We are an expansion of Mercy Mission’s portfolio of serving the needs of the Muslim community. This portfolio includes the AlKauthar Institute, New Muslim Care, 315Nisa, National Zakat Foundation and a growing list of social programs and services. Being ME offers lectures by prominent speakers and leaders; in-depth workshops on health, society, careers, and other pertinent issues.

Why we do it?
This conference embarks upon the mission to give all Muslim women a voice or an outlet to express the reality of their lifestyles, share accomplishments that benefit humanity and inspire others to do the same. We also provide the opportunity for all Muslim women to connect with each other so that we become pillars that support each other and the Deen.

Our Theme – Love, Aisha

Theirs was a profound love, tested and true, for she was an extraordinary woman of tremendous strength, superior intellect, and unshakeable faith.

When asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah , who is the most beloved person in the world to you?’ He named her, without a moment’s hesitation.

Aisha, Mother of the Believers.

Among the first of Muslims born into the Ummah, she was a student of knowledge, a distinguished scholar, an eloquent poet, a leader in battle, and a wife who fiercely loved and was loved. The depth of her character and personality reveal a complex woman who speaks to our hearts, stimulates our minds and inspires our souls.

This year, we explore the life of our beloved mother, Aisha . Her narrations are woven in historical texts, almost as letters written to the Muslimahs of today. From her legacy, we find lessons to bring out the best version of ourselves and strive to follow the example of one the greatest women that ever lived.

 

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Speakers

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Sister Taimiyyah Zubair

Daughter of Dr. Idrees Zubair and Dr. Farhat Hashmi, received an upbringing in a household focused on Islamic education. In her mid teens she completed her first study of the Translation and Tafseer of the Qur'an and since then she has been educated in various Islamic Sciences, including Arabic Grammar, Fiqh, and Tafseer.

She has pursued extended study under their supervision and is currently teaching Quran and Hadith studies at the AlHuda Institute. A mother of two children, she believes every Muslim should learn the Qur'an and Hadith in order to bring benefit into their lives.

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Shaykha Saleha Gangat

Was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She travelled with her family at the age of twelve to Gujarat, India for the acquisition of Islamic studies. There she spent eight years completing the Aa'limiyat course where she learnt the Islamic sciences of Arabic Language, Islamic Jurisprudence, Aqeedah, Tafseer, Hadeeth and its associated sciences under male scholars and obtained Ijazah from them.

Thereafter, she memorized the Holy Quran and has taught within the GTA for over 10 years. She has an Honors BSc in Neuroscience and Psychology and has recently completed a medical degree at McGill University. She is a also mother of 4 children, and is currently completing her residency in Family Medicine.

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Sister Haleh Banani

Is the host of a TV program called “With Haleh” which combines the principles of psychology and Islam to help people reach their full potential and overcome their challenges. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Houston, and has over 10 years experience in diagnosing mental and emotional disorders and administrating programs of treatment.

She established a website, HalehBanani.com, in order to address the needs of the Ummah from a psychological perspective and conducts webinars and teaches tools that empower her audience emotionally and helps improve their relationships. She is an internationally published writer and psychologist and has received her ijaza for recitation of the Quran with tajweed. She has been leading halaqas weekly for the past 8 years in order to inspire, empower and guide Muslims and non-Muslims using acceptance, tolerance, psychology & laughter.

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Sister Fuseina Mohamad

Was born in Seattle and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Iowa and a Master’s in Information Systems from Illinois State University. She has always had a deep interest in understanding the Qur’an and took the opportunity to enroll in Bayyinah’s Dream Program. She graduated among the top students of Bayyinah Dream 2012.

After graduating from the Dream program, Sister Fuseina took on the responsibility of heading Bayyinah’s first Access Program, teaching Qur'anic Arabic for sisters and she started Bayyinah’s first continuing education program for graduates of the Dream and Access programs. She also began Bayyinah’s first 10-Day Fundamentals of Classical Arabic courses for sisters only and has taught the course several times around the country. Alongside teaching, Sister Fuseina has continued higher Arabic studies while also pursuing hifdh of Qur'an and Tajweed studies.​

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Sister Alima Ashfaq

Is the Founder and Director of I am Alima, and Women Of Ilm. She excelled in her academic studies, and is currently undertaking studies in Islamic Studies, in order to inspire, and teach Muslim women. She has studied under various scholars and students of knowledge, and currently undertaking an 'ijazah in the science of tajweed and memorising the Qur'an, due to her passion with the Qur'an.

She also has experience within various organisations and has held a number of leadership positions, which has given her an ample amount of life experience she shared in her lectures, and seminars. Sister Alima regularly lectures in the UK, and has authored Du’as of a Superstars, Love Unveiled and Falling in Love, and regularly blogs online. She currently resides in Sheffield, UK, and currently spends her time between her husband and baby, Islamic studies and delivering lectures and courses around the UK, and online.

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Sister Maryam Dadabhoy

Has been with National Council of Canadian Muslims since early 2004, first as a volunteer and later as a Community Relations Coordinator in the Greater Toronto Area where she manages issues related to advocacy, community outreach, media and Islamic awareness training.

Maryam obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at California State University Fullerton. She has also been involved extensively with GTA Muslim communities.

Sister Taimiyyah Zubair
Shaykha Saleha Gangat
Sister Haleh Banani
Sister Fuseina Mohamad
Sister Alima Ashfaq
Sister Maryam Dadabhoy
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Shielded from the Thorns: A Lesson in Taqwa

Dr. Saleha Gangat

This session touches on the profound concept of Taqwa. Learn how Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, sought strength and happiness through her love for Allah, through hope for His Mercy, and through fear of His punishment.

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In the face of Slander: Seeking Solace in Times of Difficulty

Sr. Taimiyyah Zubair

Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, suffered in the face of slander, but she carried herself through intense difficulty with patience and unwavering faith. This session explores the true meaning of fasabrun jameel (beautiful patience) against the backdrop of today's insistent climate of fitna.

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Fast, Pray, Love: Lessons from the Dream Team

Sr. Haleh Banani

This session discusses the Sunnah of love towards a happy and successful marriage. Learn from our Prophet, sallalahu alaihi wassalam, and Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, the language of love in maintaining a productive and harmonious relationship.

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The Life and Legacy of Umm ul Mumineen

Sr. Alima Ashfaq

A woman of great knowledge, keen intellect, eloquent words, a playful nature, and unshakeable faith. From birth to death, this is the biography of the mother of all believers, Aisha, radiyAllahu anha.

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At a Crossroads: Muslim Identity in the Face of Rising Islamophobia

Sr. Maryam Dadabhoy

Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, was part of an ostracized minority, but continued to contribute meaningfully to society. This session helps us re-examine ourselves, focusing on navigating the unique challenges that lay before us so we can truly make positive changes in our communities.

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The Fragrant Upper Hand

Shaykh Abdalla Idris Ali

Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, was known as the Mother of Fragrance. She was generous with her wealth and placed great importance on the act of charity. This session explores the concept of giving and how her example emanates the perfume of good will and devotion.

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Squad Goals: Teen's Guide to Success

Ustadha Fuseina Mohamed

Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, and many of the teenage companions during the first generation of Islam faced situations that challenged their identity, faith, loyalty, and sense of self. They strove hard, made mistakes, got up, and tried again. Their lives can serve as guides for young Muslims struggling to find a sense of self in an increasingly complex world.

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The Glass Ceiling: Women in Islamic Scholarship

All speakers

Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, was known as one of the foremost people of knowledge of her time. She preserved the Sunnah by narrating more than 2,000 ahadith. This session emphasises the significance of seeking and deseminating knowledge in the Islamic sciences and seeks to navigate a path through an unnecessarily gendered field.

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She Was Childless: Overcoming Stigma

Farah Islam

Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, had no children of her own and in today's society, she would have been considered less of a woman. Similar to those that have faced divorce, abuse or other stigmatizing circumstances, this session will focus on ways to find contentment and re-build our own confidence.

[Partnered with Nisa Homes]

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She Showed Strength: Self Defense Session

Ryhana Dawood

Unafraid to stand up against oppression and injustice, Aisha, radiAllahu anha, was a leader in battle. Ready to defend herself and her community, she serves as an inspiration for us today. Draw from her strength and find your own potential. Your body carries wonders of power that you have yet to discover.

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She Stood for Justice: The Challenges Before Us

Maryam Dadabhoy and Fatima Sajan (NCCM)

Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, pursued justice against the killers of Uthman, radiyAllahu anhu, and demonstrated her leadership amongst the companions and her conviction for the truth. In this session, we focus on seeking justice for others, especially those who may not be able to speak for themselves.

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She Was Determined: Young Muslimah Roundtable

Fuseina Mohamed and Alima Ashfaq

For ages 17 and under, this session provides an opportunity for a vibrant generation to be heard and to advocate for themselves. During this roundtable, mentors will share useful tools to help young Muslimahs voice their unique circumstances and find creative solutions to pressing challenges.

[Partnered with 315Nisa Muslim Women's Helpline]

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She Was a Teacher: Educators' Networking and Conference

Zoubia Nasir, Sagal Ghelle and Kenza Ismail (InspirED)

Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, was an educator who took an active role in education and social reform. Following her lead, we can all uniquely contribute to fostering academic success in our community through connecting these goals with our spiritual practice. Join us to discuss issues prevalent in schools today and network with others who are passionate about positively impacting the education of our children.

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She Was the Daughter of a Revert: Challenges of a New Muslim Parent

Aasiya Victoria Walling, Iqlimah Williams, Wambui Kabage

Raised a Muslim, Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, still had extended family that did not share her faith. Her father was the first adult male to revert to Islam, and like him, many of today's reverts are raising Muslim children in an environment with relatives of different faiths. This panel will highlight some of the unique challenges and beautiful opportunities of this parenting reality.

[Partnered with New Muslim Care]

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She was a Muhajirah: Newcomers Panel and Welcome to Canada Social

Bayan Khatib, Zeini Al-Juboori, Afaf Al-Janabi, Kawther Lateef, Siham Abu Sitta

Workshop: Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, was forced to leave her home in Makkah and today we have thousands of women and their families that have given up everything for the right to live in peace. This session will unite you with some of those women to hear their stories of perseverance and strength.

Social: As refugees arrive from Syria, we want to welcome our newest neighbours and friends and provide an opportunity to connect with these strong, courageous women and children!

[Partnered with National Zakat Foundation]

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She was a Servant: In Service to Others

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Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, even when she had very little of her own, was generous with her rizq. Even by giving a single grape, she recognized the value of helping others for the sake of Allah. In this session, we focus on the potential impact of investing our time to better the community.

[Partnered with 315Nisa]

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She is a Mother to Generations: Raising Teenagers In a World of Drugs, Pornography, and Premarital Sex

Haleh Banani

As children exit childhood and move towards maturity, it can be a confusing time for parents and adolescents alike. Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, was a Mother to all generations and this parenting session will focus on tools and techniques to help all mothers develop their children into pious and confident adults.

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She Was an Optimist: Good Life and Mental Happiness

Reena Vanza

If happiness is a state of mind we aspire, how do we get to it? Using lessons learned from one of the strongest women to have walked this earth, this workshop will give you the right tools to find optimism. Based on modern approaches and backed up by our rich history, we will build the skills you need to find meaning in your circumstances to choose happiness and positivity.

Conference Sessions & Workshops

Conference Main Sessions

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Shielded from the Thorns: A Lesson in Taqwa Dr. Saleha Gangat
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM In the face of Slander: Seeking Solace in Times of Difficulty Sr. Taimiyyah Zubair
11:30 AM to 12:20 PM Fast, Pray, Love: Lessons from the Dream Team Sr. Haleh Banani
1:50 PM to 2:45 PM The Life and Legacy of Umm ul Mumineen Sr. Alima Ashfaq
2:45 PM to 3:40 PM At a Crossroads: Muslim Identity in the Face of Rising Islamophobia Sr. Maryam Dadabhoy
4:20 PM to 5:10 PM Squad Goals: Teen's Guide to Success Ustadha Fuseina Mohamed
6:45 PM to 7:30 PM The Fragrant Upper Hand Shaykh Abdalla Idris Ali
7:50 PM to 9:00 PM The Glass Ceiling: Women in Islamic Scholarship All speakers

Workshops - Room 801A

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM She Stood for Justice: The Challenges Before Us Maryam Dadabhoy and Fatima Sajan (NCCM)
1:50 PM to 2:50 PM She Showed Strength: Self Defense Session Ryhana Dawood
2:50 PM to 3:40 PM She Was Childless: Overcoming Stigma Farah Islam
4:15 PM to 5:10 PM She Was a Teacher: Educators' Networking & Conference Zoubia Nasir, Sagal Ghelle and Kenza Ismail (InspirED)
6:45 PM to 7:55 PM She Was Determined: Young Muslimah Roundtable
(ages 17 and younger)
Fuseina Mohamed and Alima Ashfaq

Workshops - Room 801B

10:10 AM to 11:30 AM She was a Muhajirah: Newcomers Panel and Welcome to Canada Social Bayan Khatib, Zeini Al-Juboori, Afaf Al-Janabi, Kawther Lateef, Siham Abu Sitta
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM She Was the Daughter of a Revert: Challenges of a New Muslim Parent Aasiya Victoria Walling, Iqlimah Williams, Wambui Kabage
1:50 PM to 2:50 PM She was a Servant: In Service to Others TBA
2:50 PM to 3:40 PM She is a Mother to Generations: Raising Teenagers In a World of Drugs, Pornography, and Premarital Sex Haleh Banani
6:45 PM to 7:55 PM She Was an Optimist: Good Life and Mental Happiness
(limited to 50 attendees)
Reena Vanza

Play & Pray Children’s Conference

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The Play & Pray Children’s Conference will consist of an innovative and extremely fun day planned for our youngest attendees!

The activities are designed so that your children can further build upon their foundation of basic Islamic principles and etiquettes, while having fun with their friends! Your little ones will explore the Qur’an through various activities designed precisely to make their wondrous imagination going.

Stay tuned for the full day’s program!

To register your child for Play & Pray Children’s Conference, there is a separate entry fee (first come, first serve). By purchasing BOTH the Child Entry + Play & Pray Children’s Conference (Ages 4-10) in the link below, this will include BOTH access into venue and into the Play & Pray Children’s Conference.

Extremely limited seatings, so book here now!!

​Note: For children between the ages of 3.5yrs and 4yrs at the time of the event, an exception can be made to the age restriction if they meet the criteria listed below. Please email [email protected] to inform of any exceptions.
– Be able to cut a piece of paper independently
– Be able to sit through story time
– Be able to listen to the repetition of Qur’an
– Be able to verbalize requests
– Be able to use the washroom on their own

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Perfectly Imperfect: Her Humanity Prevails

Haleh Banani

Despite some of her imperfections, Aisha, radiyAllahu anha continued to strive towards betterment. This session will elaborate on methods of self-purification and self-forgiveness.

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In Pursuit of Knowledge: Tafseer Surah Iqra

Fuseina Mohamad

"Read, in the name of your Lord, most gracious." The Quran instructs us in the constant persuits of Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari said about Aisha, “Whenever a hadith was unclear to us – we the companions of Allah’s Messenger – and we asked Aisha about it, we always gained knowledge about that hadith from her.” Aisha was known for her love of knowledge and her excellence in it's pursuit. .

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Open QA and Speaker Round Table

All speakers

Smaller group sessions and discussions with our esteemed speakers.

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Difficult Questions: Controversies Relating to UmmAl Mumineen

Taymiyyah Zubair

How old was Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, when she married? Did she oppose some of the sahaba? How was her relationship with other Umm Al Mumineen? This session will delve into these historical events and others to differentiate between fact and fiction.

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Lessons in Leadership from the family of Siddique

Alima Ashfaq

The family of Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, were indispensable allies of the Prophet, salallahu alaihi wasallam, during his lifetime. They continued their social and military leadership after his death. This session will glean lessons from their lives as leaders of their community and examples to the world.

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In Him we Place our Trust

Asmaa Hussein

“You alone we worship, and You alone we ask for help.” Words that Aisha, radiyAllahu anha, spoke and lived by. Explore the meaning of tawakkul in its most practical sense and learn ways to remember Allah, trust in Him, and submit to Him completely.

One Day Intensive Seminar

10:10 AM to 10:45 AM Spiritual Breakfast: Qur’an Recitation & Morning Adhkaar
10:50 AM to 11:50 AM Perfectly Imperfect: Her Humanity Prevails Haleh Banani
11:50 AM to 12:50 PM In Pursuit of Knowledge: Tafseer Surah Iqra Fuseina Mohamad
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Open QA and Speaker Round Table All speakers
2:50 PM to 3:50 PM Difficult Questions: Controversies Relating to UmmAl Mumineen Taymiyyah Zubair
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Lessons in Leadership From the Family of Siddique Alima Ashfaq
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM In Him we Place our Trust Asmaa Hussein

Muslimah of the Year Nominees!

Muslimah of the Year

The Muslimah of the Year Award honours one inspirational woman for her exemplary character and efforts to better the community. Here are some of our amazing nominees this year!

Ginella Massa
Ginella Massa is a reporter for CityNews Toronto. She became Canada's first hijab-wearing on-air reporter in January 2015 when she was hired as a Video Journalist for CTV News Kitchener. Ginella has worked for various local and national news outlets, both behind-the-scenes and on-camera, including CityNews, CTV News, NewsTalk 1010 Radio, and Rogers TV. She often writes about issues affecting Muslims in North America, and has been published in the Globe and Mail and National Post. Ginella graduated with an Honours BA in Communications and Sociology from York University, and has a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from Seneca College.

Ibtissam Mustaq
Ibtissam Mustaq is a Canadian-Bangladeshi woman who grew up in Toronto and traveled everywhere she could. Her parents always provided the example taking action when needed, and so she has found herself involved in a lot of social initiatives, including those affecting the Muslimah community in Toronto. She wants women to feel confident and have a voice, no matter their circumstance.

Farina Siddiqui
Farina Siddiqui champions several community causes that aim to build bridges of understanding and respect. As a freelance writer and social activist, she blogs on social media to highlight community causes, issues & accomplishments. She is the President and Co founder of MomLinks Canada, an organization that focuses on Mom's empowerment, helping to facilitate mothers and childrento be educated, meaningfully engaged and equipped with essential life skills. Currently, Farina Siddiqui serves as the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Multicultural People (CAMP), a community-based organization she founded in 2007 with an inter-generational focus for both youth and seniors. Her passion is to empower families to lead mentally, physically and socially healthier, more successful lives.

Tendisai Cromwell
Tendisai Cromwell is a filmmaker, writer, and journalist. Her foray into journalism began on the streets of Palestine as a reporter for a Ramallah-based publication in 2009. Since then, Tendisai has written for various publications and produced radio segments at CBC’s The Current while also completing the Master of Journalism program at Ryerson University. In 2014, Tendisai founded the production company New Narrative Films where she most recently produced a documentary exploring the relationship between spirituality and social change. She also writes creatively and, on occasion, performs her works one of which is included in an anthology. Beyond her creative and journalistic endeavours, Tendisai can often be found sipping tea and planning her next travel destination.

Noor Javed
Noor Javed is a reporter on the city desk who covers everything from suburban municipal politics to human-interest stories, to features reflecting the Greater Toronto Area's diverse communities. In 2011, Noor was awarded a National Newspaper Award for her analysis and reporting on Toronto's booming condo market. When she's not chasing stories or York Region politicians, Noor can be found on social media or trying to keep up with her two young children.

Asmaa Hussein
Asmaa Hussein, an eloquent and inspirational individual, is the mother of a precious little 2 year old daughter and widow of a martyr. Asmaa’s husband, Amr Kassem, was shot by a sniper in Alexandria, Egypt while peacefully protesting the mass killings of protesters at Rabaa Square in August of 2013. Since that time, she has been gathering a large crowd of followers and supporters around the world with her compelling spiritual and thoughtful posts and reflections of how she deals with grief, struggle, and personal growth in the aftermath of the loss of her husband.

Zunera Ishaq
Heralded as the woman who stood up to the Harper government’s ban on niqab, Zunera is a busy member of the Missisauga family, arriving to Canada 7 years ago. She is a mother of four, works with the Sisters Wing of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and also actively volunteers for local hospitals, outreach projects, and community events. She holds a Masters Degree in English Literature and is currently on her way to becoming a certified teacher in Ontario.

Lindsay Contractor
Lindsay Contractor is recognized for her outstanding contribution in the entrepreneurial sphere. As the owner of a business bringing halal marshmallows, smores, gummys and other yummy treats, her company was most recently featured in the Toronto Star. While the demand for her novelty candy items has been increasing in popularity, she also been involved in starting many popup shops around the GTA. Her product has even reached the mainstream market as many Freshco locations now carry her line. But perhaps, most importantly, Lindsay has been an inspiring leader to many through her perseverance and push to success. Her encouragement of other women to reach their potential is well known and she continues to strive towards excellence in her endeavours.

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Need a Ride?

Round-trip bus service is available from the following locations.
Contact your bus coordinator at [email protected] or 519-993-2308 for questions/clarifications.

GTA:
Brampton: Brampton Islamic Centre
Mississauga: Syeda Khadijah Centre, ISNA Mosque, Al Huda Islamic Centre
Scarborough: Islamic Foundation and Al-Huda Scarborough
York Region: Islamic Society of York and Abu Hurairah Centre
Etobicoke: International Muslim Organization
Thorncliffe: Islamic Society of Toronto
Newmarket: Newmarket Islamic Centre
Milton: Islamic Community Centre of Milton

Neighbouring Cities:
Waterloo: Muslim Society of Waterloo
Kitchener: Kitchener Mosque
Guelph: University of Guelph
Hamilton: Downtown Mosque and Mountain Mosque
London: London Muslim Mosque


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Hospitality

Hospitality

Strathcona Hotel
The rooms can be booked by phone (416-363-3321) or e-mail ([email protected]) and asking for the special rates for the “Being ME Conference”. Rooms can also be booked online.

Strathcona Hotel will guarantee the rates until February 26, 2016. After this time, the rates will be available based only on room availability. They will continue to accept reservations as long as they have rooms available.

Intercontinental Hotel
The rooms can be booked online.