Meet our volunteers!

Ikshaa Pai

Ikshaa Pai is a Case Management volunteer at Lifeline Syria. She holds a Masters degree from Western University in English literature; as well as graduating from Western’s Collaborative Graduate Program in Transitional Justice and Post Conflict Reconstruction. At Western, Ikshaa’s research and interests included postcolonial and indigenous literature and theories, as well as exploring the relationship between literature and human rights . Her hobbies include travelling, eating out with friends, and she’s a self-professed book worm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samia Abbas

Samia Abbas

Samia Abbas is a Case Management volunteer at Lifeline Syria. Her previous experience includes spending an enriching and eventful three months working as an intern at the Canadian Embassy to Myanmar. During this time, she had the opportunity to work on issues related to the status of political prisoners within the country, plan ministerial visits, and attend meetings of prominent human rights activists, government officials, and civil society leaders. Samia studied International Relations, Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. In her free time she likes to scope out hiking trails around the GTA, go on picnics, read South Asian poetry, and spends a majority of her day trying to unravel her tangled headphones.

 

 

 

 

 

Taalib Shivraj

Taalib Shivraj is an Office Administration volunteer at Lifeline Syria. He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in International Business Management from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. His areas of interest include foreign and economic policy, and the role of multilateral organizations in facilitating peaceful dialogue and free trade. He has completed research reports on trade agreements between countries to analyze the beneficiaries and payers of such deals. Taalib has traveled throughout the Middle East and East Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breanne Jury

Breanne Jury

Breanne is an Office Admin Volunteer. She completed her degree in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. She has spent a lot of the past few years travelling Europe, Australia and Asia. Breanne recently spent 6 months working in rural India with a local NGO with a focus on women’s empowerment. Breanne loves to watch the Jays in her spare time and bike around the city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mahdieh Rezaie

Mahdieh Rezaie

Mahdieh Rezaie is a Co-op student volunteer at Lifeline Syria. She is currently finishing her high school diploma. On her free time, Mahdieh likes to binge watch on Netflix, go on adventures, and drink lots of ice coffee and lemonade. She is currently a teacher-assistant at ACIC Maktab, where she teaches younger students a variety of subjects. Mahdieh also has over 2 years of librarian assistant experience. Mahdieh wants to pursue her dream career in Journalism and Psychology in the future. She wants to travel all over the world and eat lots of new food. She last visited the Rocky Mountains and all across Alberta this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Shat

Sally Shat

Sally Shat is an Office Administration volunteer at Lifeline Syria. She is currently completing a Bachelors Degree and Diploma at the University of Guelph-Humber for Justice Studies and Police Foundations. She is a member of the National Criminal Justice Honour Society, Alpha-Phi Sigma. She also volunteers at various events hosted by Amnesty International. She grew up in the United Arab Emirates and often spent her summers in Syria. Sally is interested in strengthening her ties with the Arab community by relearning how to read and write in Arabic. She enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures and customs, and reading novels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karam Putros

Karam Putros

Karam is an Office Administration volunteer at LifeLine Syria. He has completed a dual degree in Medical Science and Business Administration at Western University. Karam is currently a management consultant and aspires to become a lawyer. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews, playing soccer, and cheering on the Brooklyn Nets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Wolkove

Carol Wolkove

Carol Wolkove is an Office Administration volunteer at Lifeline Syria.  She is a retired labour lawyer with extensive experience in community organizations and initiatives.  She has been part of groups which sponsored a refugee family from Vietnam in the late 1970s, a refugee family from Bosnia in 1993, and a refugee family from Syria this year.  In addition, she is involved on a one-to-one basis helping another newly arrived Syrian family.  Carol has volunteered for the last 10 years with Out of the Cold, which provides a warm meal and place to sleep for homeless and other people over the winter.  Carol also volunteers with foster children and her synagogue.  She has travelled extensively.

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