Steering Committee

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Rifat Khimani, BScN, RN

Co-chair
Rifat is a Registered Nurse, having completed her BScN from Ryerson University and her critical care training at George Brown College. Rifat's areas of practice include Critical Care, surgery and Public Health. Rifat has a strong passion for primary health care and upstream approaches to health promotion and disease prevention. Rifat is currently pursuing her Master's in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner (Primary Health Care) at the University of Toronto with a specialization in Women's Health and Global Health. She hopes to continue to work towards improving the health of populations, serving the Jamat, and strengthening the nursing profession. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, and creating art and poetry. linkedin.com/in/rifat-khimani-51a978ab
rifatkhimani@mail.utoronto.ca

Meena Kadiwal, NP

Co-Chair
Meena Kadiwal is currently working as a Nurse Practitioner at The Hospital for Sick Children. She has previously held other advance practice roles including Nurse Educator and Health Promotion Specialist. Meena is passionate about health promotion and disease prevention. In 2017, Meena was involved with the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Portfolio (as part of Aga Khan Health Board Ontario) where she helped implement a program in partnership with the South Asian Diabetes Prevention Program (a community based program). This program is being implemented across Ontario jamat khanas now and is an excellent exemplar of forming new collaborations between the ismaili community and outside organizations. As a result, she was promoted to the Child Health Member position in 2018 and worked with the Ontario Health Board to implement a new program to promote maternal health and well being during pregnancy. Currently, Meena is involved with this program at the National level. In Meena’s spare time, she likes teaching (BUI and Pathophysiology courses), engaging with the youth, and reading philosophical work to better understand the meaning of life.

Aliya Hajee, BScN, RN

Engagement Lead
Aliya has been a Registered Nurse for six years. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western University in 2015 and is currently completing her Master of Science in Nursing – Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner at McMaster University. She currently works as a Labour and Delivery Nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital, a Registered Nurse at the Women’s College Hospital Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre, and a Primary Care Registered Nurse at the University of Toronto Student Health and Wellness Centre. Aliya is passionate about health promotion and illness/injury prevention and has carried out related research projects at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Ryerson University. Aliya also values voluntary service and giving back to her community. She was involved with the Aga Khan Health Board National Mental Health Team and is currently serving as an Engagement Lead on the Ismaili Nurses Alliance Ontario Steering Committee
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aliya.hajee@utoronto.ca

Mona Kabani, BScN, CDE

Communications Lead
Mona Kabani is a certified diabetes educator currently working at the Flemingdon Health Center for the past 4 years, prior to that she spent 3 years as a practicing nurse at Sunnybrook hospital.
In the Jamat, she has completed seva as a team lead for the IVC and as a health board representative. She is currently a part of the Ismaili Nurse Association steering committee and the Bump into Seed program.
She enjoys spending family time with her husband and daughter by taking walks along nature trails. She also spends her time thinking about how to increase awareness about diabetes as well as elderly care.

Naureen Lakhani, BScN, RN

Event Lead
Naureen Lakhani currently works as a Public Health Nurse in Peel Public Health's Family Health Division. Previously, she has also worked in the Social Determinants of Health role in public health. Naureen enjoys exploring different areas of healthcare through both professional and volunteering opportunities. In the past, Naureen has volunteered with Aga Khan Health Board for Ontario in the cardiovascular screening clinics. These highlight the importance of collaboration in health promotion and chronic disease/injury prevention - both areas of interest for Naureen. When she is not exploring the concepts of health equity, intersectionality and population health, Naureen enjoys winter activities, reading novels and having meaningful discussions with people from all walks of life.

Amina Malik, RN, MN

Event Lead
Amina Malik is currently working as an Oncology Nurse at the Stronach Cancer Center – Southlake Regional Health Care and has been working in the profession for last 23 years. She brings with her extensive years of international experience and expertise in patient care management, nursing education and administration in hospital and community setting. Her area of work has been Medical/Surgical, Oncology and Palliative Nursing. Ms. Malik has completed her Master Degree in Nursing from University of Sheffield, UK and Bachelors in Nursing from The Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery in 1999. She was awarded ‘Best Clinical Nurse award’ in patient care for Oncology, neurology and orthopedics, and awarded for Nursing Education in academia. She has been involved in research and publication and got varies opportunities to present the same at national and international levels. Ms. Malik was part of various TKN projects related to health as a volunteer. She has been active in conducting workshops on various health related topics based on the need. Currently she has joined Nurses Alliance Committee to further contribute towards her profession and society.

Sadaf Huda, NP

Communications Lead