Dr. Fariba Bashiri, President of IWOO
The Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario (IWOO), a registered, not-for-profit and charitable organization, was established in Toronto, Canada in 1989. IWOO was initially created by Homa Sarlati and a few Iranian Canadian women as an association of volunteer women dedicated to improving the lives of Iranian women and families.
In 2009, IWOO adopted a new vision and elected a Board of Directors, committed to a strategic direction that would be current, transparent and reflective of the needs of the Iranian-Canadian community.
Today, IWOO has become an organization that serves all Ontarians, especially the immigrant women and families, who could benefit from its services. IWOO is committed to assisting women, families, and members of the broader immigrant communities in Ontario, to overcome barriers and contribute productively to all aspects of life in Canada.
IWOO intends to help the immigrant community members, alongside Iranian-Canadians, to successfully integrate into Canadian society by achieving economic, social, and political equality while maintaining their heritage and cultural values.
Our mission at the Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario (IWOO) is to provide support to women and their families. Also, to improve the social, economic, mental health, wellness, and educational opportunities for women and their families while empowering their journey in life. As well as to promote solidarity and collaboration among women.
Substitute Board Member
The following organizations have guided IWOO with diligence and partnered with us by providing expertise, staff, space and material resources
Persian Inter-Agency Networking – PIN
CILAC Pro Bono
Family Service Toronto
Iranian Canadian Social Service Providers Network
Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District- LDATD
Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies at the University of Toronto
Madison Community Services
Parkway Forest Community Centre
SAFSS – Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services
Skills for Change
TNO- The Neighbourhood Organization
Northstar success team
Toronto North Local Immigration Partnership
Iranian Association at the University of Toronto – UTIRUN
Iranian Students Association at York University – ISAYU
Unison Health & Community Services
Vaughan Community Health Centre
Dr. Fariba Bashiri joined the Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario as a member of the Board of Directors in 2016. She taking on the role of Director of Mental Health Committees as of 2017 and as the president from 2020. She has held various roles, including a Medical Doctor, university instructor, researcher, as well as social and human rights activist in Iran. Fariba graduated from Tabriz Medical School and worked as a physician for more than 20 years in Iran. She has dedicated her career to empowering women and girls to overcome barriers and to reach their health and full potential. Fariba came to Canada as a skilled worker immigrant in August 2011 and joined IWOO as a member and workshop facilitator in 2014. She also graduated from studies in Public Health, Homeopathy, Medical laboratory science and Weight Management from England and Canada. Fariba currently practices as a Teaching assistant at CCNM collage, public health provider and Alternative Practitioner in Toronto. She has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Behnaz is a registered social worker who has more than 10 years of experience working in client-centered positions and passion for social work. Behnaz has worked extensively with individuals of culturally diverse backgrounds who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, separation issues, mental health issues, addiction, unemployment, disabilities and immigration issues.
Behnaz is passionate to work with the principles of anti-oppression and equity in responding to the service needs of individuals and work toward removing systemic barriers and creating opportunities for positive change. Behnaz also has passion for community development and she has been involved with communities by conducting workshops.
With a Bachelor and Masters in Accounting and Finance, Afsaneh has spent 35 years in the field of accounting and financial affairs, holding various positions from accountant to director of finance across various firms, including CEO of her own firm.
When she joined IWOO in 2016, she brought over 22 years of experience as CEO and shareholder of her own firm in Iran, five years of Canadian experience as a manager, as well as six years of financial management experience at a non-profit organization.
Elena has Bachelor of Electrical-Communications Engineering and Master of science in Industrial Engineering. She has life coach experience to empower women.
Also, Elena is well experienced in teaching, social working and leading groups and Skillful in identifying issues in a program and resolving
Leili joined to IWOO as a bookkeeper in 2019. She has a college degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Conestoga College Canada. Also she works as a freelance bookkeeper for 6 years in Canada and has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and administration in Iran.
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