Board Recruitment Announcement – Call for Applications

The Iranian Women Organization of Ontario (IWOO), a registered, not-for-profit and charitable organization serving all Ontarians, especially the Farsi-speaking immigrant women and families, is seeking volunteer leaders to join its dynamic board of directors. More information on IWOO is available at Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario – IWOO (

Board members are actively involved in the operation of the Organization, and are expected to attend monthly board meetings, lead one board committee and participate in at least one additional committee.

The board needs a variety of skills, with a strong emphasis on board candidates with accounting, entrepreneurship, public relations and communication, fund raising and resource development expertise, as well as those familiar with partner relation and network building in the larger Iranian community. Strong preference will be given to those candidates with volunteering experience and team-working spirit. Prior board or other leadership experience will be an asset.

The Nominating Committee is accepting applications until October 1, and those interested in board service can complete an application by downloading the application form and emailing the completed form to

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Dr. Noushin Khasteganan

Dr. Noushin Khasteganan is a Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor and graduated from McMaster University. She has a Medical Doctorate earned in Iran in 1996. With her extensive background as an experienced Medical Doctor in the mental health care field, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her practice and employs a variety of therapeutic models to support the community.

Leyly Mirsanjari

Leyly has a bachelor in French language and language & civilization diploma Aix -en provence faculty,  Event management diploma from CDI college ,Peer leadership certificate from Family service Toronto,Early development (Mother craft college),Child care assistant from TDSB.

She has extensive experience in teaching French.
She also coordinate and facilitates several multicultural groups in various ages, peer support group,senior focus group, women support group focused on violence against women and healthy family healthy community.She worked 10 years at Family service Toronto, as a failitator.
Currently she is working at TDSB as an education assistant.
She has volunteered for Tirgan festival ( as outreach coordinator, guest and dignitaries coordinator and event assistant),Behnam foundation ,Karafarin and Iwoo organization.

Saharnaz Nahidi

Saharnaz has Bachelor of Art and two Master’s Degree in Psychology and research of Art from Iran. She has also studied “Addiction Recovery Support “in Canada. She was a consultant of Psychology in a Psychiatry clinic in Iran and has experience of providing help and relief for addiction, mental disorders and child care here in Canada. She is currently work as a direct support worker full time job at Community Living Toronto with mental health and disabilities residents. Also doing counselling under supervision of Ms.Akerman at Karma cares community in Toronto. Saharnaz joined IWOO as a volunteer in 2017 and has been a member of mental health committee from 2020. She has dedicated herself for educating and helping women and girls to their maximum capacity enabling them overcome barriers. Saharnaz would like to support Farsi speaking women and girls in Iranian- Canadian community.

Parna Kazerani

Parna holds a B.A.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Tehran and  M.A.Sc . degree in the same field from Concordia University. She grew up in Iran and moved to Canada in 2010. She is a capable communicator and creative problem solver with project management experience. She values community building and is hoping to be of service to her community.

Hengameh Saberi

Hengameh Saberi teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School. Outside academia, she has served on various nonprofit board of directors, worked as a consultant with a number of human rights institutions and brings to IWOO multi-jurisdictional experiences of organizational design and planning.