Discover Your Path: Helping Careers | The Ismaili Canada

Discover Your Path: Helping Careers

October 18, 2021 | Canada

Join this session to learn about having a meaningful and successful career in the charity/not-for-profit domain.

Key topics include:

  • Various career options in not-for-profit and “helping” careers. (Geared towards post-secondary or high school students and their parents)
  • An overview and scope of this industry
  • Diverse panelists sharing their various perspectives
  • Labour market trends, educational requirements, and specific areas of growth


Sophia Mirzayee currently works with the United Nations in Canada as a Project Officer, where she oversees Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Youth Committees, collaborates with mental health consultants, and builds partnerships in Generation SDG Programme focus cities.

Previously, she worked with the YMCA of Greater Toronto, University of Ottawa, and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Sophia has her Master of Arts from the University of Ottawa and she is an avid volunteer in her community.

Omar Karim is a National TD Scholar and a National Millennium Scholar for Youth Leadership and Community Service. He has received various I-STAR National awards, the TD Champions award, the Citizenship award, and he is the MVP at Canada’s Next Impact Apprentice Business Competition. He is also the National Director for Post-Secondary Engagement and Initiatives in Canada for the Moose Hide Campaign, an Indigenous organization aimed to end gender-based violence towards Indigenous and non-Indigenous women and children.

He manages the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning at Vancouver Island University, and supports programming that develop student learning outside of the classroom. Additionally, he was the Chairman of the 2017 Canada MBA Games hosted in Nanaimo and he is the Founder of the BC MBA Games competitions. Omar has completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in International Business (MScIB) degrees.

He is now pursuing his Doctorate in Higher Education with a focus on reconciling Indigenous perspectives in co-curricular learning and engagement.

Farah Kotadia is a Human Resources professional with over 25 years of experience in the hi-tech, education, hospitality, and non-profit sectors. She has an MBA in HR and she is currently working towards her Master's in Counselling Psychology. For the last 15 years, Farah has been working in the immigrant integration sector, welcoming newcomers to Canada and helping them to settle and integrate into Canadian society. She currently works as the Director of Settlement and Employment for Kiwassa Neighbourhood House.

Feezah Jaffer has been with the Surrey Food Bank team since 2010, working in client services, development and fundraising, community relations, and advocacy. Prior to receiving her Master’s degree from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, she spent time in rural Pakistan, working with a prominent NGO, liaising with local agencies, women, and youth.  There she gained experience and insights into micro-finance, disaster relief, mother and child health, as well as social justice issues.

By working with the Surrey Food Bank, and as its Executive Director, Feezah has had the privilege of meeting people from diverse backgrounds and honing her skills as a policy maker and facilitator. She addressed concerns surrounding food security, poverty reduction, mental health, and social isolation.  Feezah is a member of several local community not-for-profit boards and advocacy tables. She is passionate and humbled by the work that she does and its reaching impact.

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