Sadiq Alihashi is IT Manager for an Ontario provincial agency that takes the leading role in harnessing information technology in order to deliver secure and private electronic system that improves patients care. Sadiq has also worked in large organizations such as RBC Financial, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Nortel Networks. He has received a joint Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Also he has received a post graduate certificate in Project Management from University of Toronto and currently is a member of Project Management Institute.
Sadiq has over 12 years of volunteer experience in grassroots community development and advocacy, organizational management and fundraising. He was the Chairman of Somali Youth Center in Ottawa, Former Youth Program Coordinator for Boys and Girls Club (Ottawa), Former president of Somali University Students Associations at Carleton, Co-founder of Somali Hope Academy Foundation and also the Co-founder of CYDMS.
Abdifatah Warsame is a highly motivated counselor, leader, and organizer with a passion for working with underserved populations and youth in general. Abdi has an extensive background in youth program development and implementation, youth counseling, grassroots community organization and civic engagement.
Abdifatah is also a Community Parent Educational Program (COPE) trainer and leader. He has conducted many trainings, community workshops, and conferences covering issues that pertain to youth. He has participated in Toronto’s Mayor, David Miller’s Hand Gun band initiative, and was proponent and advocate for solving problems through dialogue and negotiation.
Abdifatah specializes in working with youth involved in the juvenile justice and constantly mentors them at correctional facilities in the Greater Toronto Area. Abdifatah Warsame came to Canada as a young man and draws from his experiences in growing up in this country to mentor, engage and work with youth. He is the Co-founder of Centre for Youth Development and Mentoring Services ( CYDMS ).
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors personifies CYDMS commitment to both diversity and excellence. Board members are recruited for their expertise and ability to meet organizational goals. Our current board contributes a variety of skills, including non-profit management, Project Management, finance, fundraising and community organizing. Their aggregated expertise deepens, strengthens and synergizes our work as a Community and Youth Development.
Muna is a Holistic Nutritional Consultant with experience in sports nutrition, and she is currently developing strategies for helping CYDMS youth to achieve natural health and wellness through a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
Muna has over 10 years of experience in volunteer management and providing mentoring services. She is personally committed to causes that benefit underserved communities through education, specifically children and youth.
she also specializes in adolescent and community public health. She has extensive experience creating and coordinating youth leadership and development programs. She was one of developers of CYDMS Youth Education Services (YES) program and has made great a contributions in its early stages of implementation.
Muna has a natural affiliation with languages and has studied Japanese for two years at Aitas Japanese Language School of Toronto completing up to level 7. Muna is also fluent in her native Somali language. Her past educational background includes the study of Political Science with the University of Windsor, and also Business Management with Humber College.
She is currently working towards a certificate as a life coach, which will be a wonderful addition to the CYDM’s mentoring programs.
Sagal Jibiril, BA Board Secretary
Sagal Jibril is an MA candidate in Environmental Studies at York University. Sagal is also completing a graduate diploma at the Centre for Refuge and Migration studies at York. She is currently working on her major paper on the experiences of Somali-Canadian second generation male youth in Toronto and their recent migration trend to Alberta in hopes of economic prosperity. Sagal expects her research will contribute to the field by providing contemporary information about the lived experiences of Somali male youth with respect to education, employment and discrimination.
Aside from her studies, Sagal is passionate about bottom up approaches to community development. Over the years she has volunteered and worked for local non-profit organizations that exclusively deal with settlement and integration of newcomers.
Mohamed Hilowle,BSc, PMP, Treasurer
Mohamed Hilowle is a passionate program / portfolio manager with over a decade experience in managing wireless, e- and m- commerce and interactive solutions. Since 2002, Mohamed has developed innovative solutions—many of which were the first of their kind, in the Canadian financial and wireless markets. In the process Mohamed has effectively led various multinational teams of engineers, product developers and IT specialist.
He is endowed with natural leadership, and has always been recognized for his strategic vision. He has developed a vast set of abilities in management, where his focus is on team motivation and results-driven actions. Mohamed has presented at various workshops, seminars and conventions, on the effective use of project management to further organizational objectives. His two passions are learning and sharing what he has learned.
Mohamed holds an Honours Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Molecular Biology from University of Toronto and post graduate certificate in Bioinformatics and Project Management.
Ahmed is a Software Engineer and currently is involved in the development of innovative software for the healthcare industry that make a positive difference in people’s lives every day.
Ahmed is passionate about youth leadership development and empowering youth to realize their creativity and capacity. He is deeply committed to art for social change. Ahmed has extensive experience in community mobilization particularly the young people, so that they can fight the status quo and be a voice for themselves. He strongly believes in the power of grassroots activism and is dedicated to initiate, build and strengthen grassroots movements by mobilizing communities and creating coalitions.
Ahmed brings to CYDMS over 10 years of volunteer work in the area of grassroots community outreach and youth mentoring.
Our committed and dedicated staff volunteers are the key to our accomplishments. We believe They are our greatest asset.