Avi D'Souza - Director of Communications
Avi D’Souza is the Director of Communications of UOSSM. Avi has created and implemented a communications strategy covering press, websites, social media, branding, fundraising, research, and advocacy.
Avi holds his Honours of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Wilfred Laurier University. He is the founder of the Toronto chapter of Not Just Tourists, a non-profit organization that has sent over 1.000,000 pounds of medical supplies to aid more than 82 countries, including some of the world’s largest humanitarian disasters.
Yasameen Tomaira- Program Manager
Yasameen Tomaira is the program manager at UOSSM – Canada. Yasameen has developed and coordinated several medical relief projects in Syria and Yemen in conjugation with partner organizations. Yasameen is also involved in the research development and conference planning domains of the organization.
Yasameen holds an Honours in Bachelor of Science in Global Health from York University. She has gained experience and competence in addressing health inequalities among the underprivileged and disadvantaged populations. She is a strong advocate for promoting healthcare equity and enhancing the quality of care. She started volunteering with UOSSM as a Youth Leader volunteer in 2019 and then held a Program assistant position. Previously, Yasameen worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Center of Vision Research, York University under the supervision of Dr. J. Douglas Crawford.
Dr. Jamal Kaby Koly - Canada/Turkey Liaison
Dr. Jamal Kaby Koly has been working with UOSSM International since its inception in both management and frontline roles. His roles have included Regional Director (2013-2015), Trauma & Hospitals Director (2015-2016), Secondary and Tertiary Healthcare Director (2016-2018) and currently, Liaison Coordinator.
With years of experience in project planning, tracking, evaluating and reporting, he continues to contribute to grant and proposal development, stakeholder engagement, and management for UOSSM Canada. He has spoken at several events and training programs for UOSSM and he guides the implementation of program activities through international field officers.
Nadine Shaker- Marketing and Fundraiser Coordinator
Nadine Shaker is one of the two Fundraising and Marketing Coordinators at UOSSM-Canada and is currently working as an intern for the summer of 2020. She leads, develops, and markets fundraising events for emergency medical responses. She also creates social media posts, infographics, and stories to be published on the organization's various social media outlets. She monitors news regarding the countries where the organization operates to be kept up to date on all events that affect its projects and operations. She is passionate about continuously raising awareness, vis-à-vis the medical crisis in Syria.
Nadine is in her fourth year of undergraduate studies at McMaster University, pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Kinesiology. She has been a youth volunteer at UOSSM since 2018, where she translated several documents and videos, along with the creation and publication of social media posts for the organization. She has also volunteered with numerous other organizations and foundations, namely, Chatting to Wellness, Me to We, and SickKids.
Zarlasht Jamal- Marketing and Fundriaser Coordinator
Zarlasht Jamal is the summer 2020 Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator at UOSSM. She will be leading and developing fundraising initiatives for emergency medical response to humanitarian crises. She will develop social media campaigns by creating/sharing infographics, stories from the field and humanitarian news. She will also contribute to the project reports for external and internal use.
Zarlasht holds an Honours BSc. in Global Health from York University. She is passionate about health equity and access, especially in humanitarian situations.