MEET OUR TEAM

Meet Our Team

Debbie Dada
Debbie Dada

Co-Founder

Executive Director

Debbie Dada is currently an undergraduate student at Yale University pursuing a BA in the History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. She aspires professionally to work in health system strengthening in West and Central Africa through implementation science. She has particular interest in the social determinants of health and strongly believes in the importance of education as a tool in improving health outcomes.  Debbie is an associate editor and staff writer for the Yale Global Health Review, a Management Intern at the Afro-American Cultural Centre and a Development Co-Coordinator for the Yale Association for African Peace and Development. In her free time, Debbie enjoys playing for the Yale Women’s Rugby Team and doing graphic design.

Shaimaa Helal
Shaimaa Helal

Co-Founder

Outreach Coordinator

Shaimaa Helal is an MD Candidate in Queen’s University’s Accelerated Route to Medical School program. Currently, she serves as a research assistant with Dr. Susan Bartels at Kingston General Hospital studying maternal and adolescent reproductive health outcomes among Syrian refugee child brides in Lebanon. Haven grown up in inner city Toronto, she has witnessed and experienced first-hand the unique struggles of populations labelled “vulnerable and at-risk.” It has been through the mentorship and guidance of her own peers and teachers that she was able to find the motivation and confidence to follow her pursuits. Thus, to give back, she dedicates her time to serving as a mentor, teacher, cheerleader and friend to youth in her local community. Shaimaa possesses a genuine commitment to serve her community and in the future, she hopes to further pursue her interest in international medicine and global health. In her free time, she enjoys solving logic puzzles, reading, baking and spending time with family.

 Tuli Chowdhury
Tuli Chowdhury

Development Director

Tuli Chowdhury is an undergraduate student currently studying Criminology and English at the University of Toronto. While managing a full course load, she volunteers as a youth mentor and tutor for recently arrived immigrants and refugees with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. In recent years she was a top fundraiser for Canadian Cancer Society and Sanskrit teacher for Vedanta Society of Toronto. Within her university she serves as a youth mentor for UNICEF Uoft. Prior to university, Tuli completed her secondary school diploma at Weston Collegiate, also graduating with an International baccalaureate diploma. During high school she was the Vice President of the Best Buddies program, a club tailored towards positively integrating and accommodating students with intellectual disabilities within the school environment. She was also briefly the president of Huddle Up, an antibullying organization within Weston. In her spare time, Tuli enjoys writing, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Nicholas Ramsubick
Nicholas Ramsubick

Program Coordinator

Nicholas Ramsubick in currently studying biochemical engineering at Queen’s University. Nicholas has been volunteering in the Toronto community since he was in grade 7, primarily focusing on organization that addresses food insecurity. Fun fact! Nicholas loves to sing and came in second in a national Trinidad & Tobago singing competition.

Aayushi Sharma
Aayushi Sharma

Program Coordinator

Aayushi Sharma is an undergraduate student at Ryerson University, majoring in Human Resource Management and minoring in French Studies and Sociology. She aspires professionally to be a teacher, and is passionate about youth empowerment, education, and social justice. In her time at Ryerson University, she has served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Enactus Ryerson, the Project Manager of Project Sacred Valley, and is a candidate for Ted Rogers School of Management’s International Exchange Program. In her spare time, Aayushi enjoys film photography, thrift shopping, and having insightful conversations with people from all walks of life.

Tasnim Gurey
Tasnim Gurey

Program Coordinator

Tasnim Gurey is studying Biomedical Sciences at York University and hopes to become a dentist in the near future. She has volunteered at various organizations that target youth and strengthen student achievements including the Toronto Public Library Youth Hub Program. As a second-generation immigrant, and a Black Muslim woman, there have been many barriers in her path, but she has excelled despite them and would like to support and guide students so that they may also flourish even when the environment may not favour them.

Victoria (Tobi) Dada
Victoria (Tobi) Dada

Mentor

Tobi Dada graduated with honours from Waterloo University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Legal Studies in 2016 and earned her JD from University of Ottawa Law School in 2019. She is currently articling at the Ministry of the Attorney General. She is very thankful for all of the mentors she had in her academic journey and believes it is important to pay it forward.

Sein
Sein

Mentor

Sein is pursuing a Ph.D at the University of Toronto with a focus on financial literacy education among black entrepreneurs in Toronto. In her free time, she loves water sports, travelling, cooking foods from around the world and writing poetry.

Adams Aghimien
Adams Aghimien

Program Coordinator

Adams Aghimien is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto pursuing a degree in political science and international relations. He aspires to go to law school or earn an MBA. He cares deeply about children, politics, and the environment and hopes to have a career helping all 3!