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The Canadian Muslim COVID-19 Task Force organized an Arabic Town Hall answering questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines for members of our Arab speaking community. We are thrilled to host a panel of experts in various fields to bring to you a balanced, honest, and informative discussion.

OUR PANELISTS

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Dr. Adel ElSharkawy
Pediatrician, Neonatologist
Alberta Health Services

Dr. Adel is a Pediatrician and Neonatologist at Alberta Health Service, Foothills hospital and South Health campus.

He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Pediatrics and Neonatology. He holds both Arab board and Jordanian board and master degree  pediatrics. He is currently chair of infection prevention and control committee at the section of Neonatology, University of Calgary .

 

He is a lecturer of Pediatrics at University of Calgary.

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Sh. Yehya Soliman
Imam, Civil Engineer
Muslims of Dufferin, CCI

Sheikh Yehya Soliman is a Civil Engineer who also holds a General diploma in Foundation of Islamic Studies, a diploma in business administration and a diploma in web designing. He is pursuing another Bachelors from University of Madinah in Shariah.

 

He is a Commissioner of Oaths, business man, a community leader and Imam. He is the Founder and Leader of Muslims of Dufferin, the first Islamic Organization in Dufferin area. He is a well-respected member of the Canadian Council of Imams who regularly meets with leaders of faith groups, Ministers, MPPs, MPs all across Canada. In December 2020, he was one of the selected Faith Leaders from Canada invited in a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be thanked for serving his community tirelessly and his excellent contributions during this pandemic. 

 

He recently won Community Excellence Award for his outstanding commitment towards the betterment of his community and is continuing the same with full passion and faith, including joining us here today.

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Dr. Nour Khatib
Emergency Physician
Greater Toronto Area

Dr. Nour Khatib is an emergency physician in the Greater Toronto Area with multitudes of diverse experiences and has contributed to COVID-19 education from the very start. Her passion for education has helped patients understand complex medical concepts and empower the public with evidenced based knowledge dissemination.

Her work at rural locums extends to the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Dr. Khatib's dedication to medicine and medical education at Lakeridge Health at the early stages of the pandemic helped create a more transparent environment through education and running simulation cases for hospitalists, nurses, ICU and emergency staff.

 

At the height of the pandemic, she traveled to the small town of Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories and exchanged best practices and lead COVID simulation exercises with up North medical staff. Prior to her career in medicine she worked as a financial analyst for Pratt & Whitney Canada and has a background in Finance and an MBA from the John Molson School of Business. Her unique work and life experiences has fueled her passion for leadership, patient education and quality improvement.

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Marwa Khobieh
Program Manager. Social Activist
Syrian Canadian Foundation

Marwa Khobieh has been involved in the humanitarian field since the Syrian crisis in 2012. She was awarded The 2016 Community Service Award acknowledging her extensive volunteering efforts in Montreal by The Muslim Association of Canada. She was also a director and board member of the Canadian Alliances for Syrian Aid that supported and settled the first wave of Syrian refugees who arrived in Montreal in 2016.

Marwa moved to Toronto in 2017 and is currently a Program Management Consultant at the Syrian Canadian Foundation. She is responsible for establishing and managing various grant-based programs and runs research-based projects in partnership with academic/government institutions and the private sector, She is also serving on the advisory board of the Migration Initiative with Ryerson University. 

Marwa's vision is to empower newcomers and people from diverse backgrounds to promote meaningful cross-cultural exchanges within Canadian society.