Our Team

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

These are the faces behind IWOO.

Behnaz Moein

Vice President

Dory Noorafkan Headshot

Dory Noorafkan

Board Member

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Atessa Hooshvar

Board Member

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Parvin Haghgosha

Board Member

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Nushin Beheshti

Board Member

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Lida Bidar Marandi

Substitute Board Member

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Elena Metersir

Substitute Board Member

MEET OUR STAFF

They are why we are still standing

Dr. Noushin Khavarian

Office Manager

Leili Panahi

Bookkeeper

Mohammad Tahvili

Website Administrator

Dr. Fariba Bashiri

Dr. Fariba Bashiri joined the Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario as a member of the Board of Directors in 2016, taking on the role of Director of the Human Resources and Mental Health Committees as of 2017. 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 Homeopathy and Weight Management from England and Canada. Fariba currently practices as a Mobile Examiner and Alternative Practitioner in Toronto. She has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Behnaz Moein

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.

Shohreh Sabbaghpour

As a businesswoman with an engineering background and over 15 years’ business experiences, Shohreh Sabaghpour stands at the forefront of the fastest moving technology industry trend: LED Lighting Solutions. She has established her own company, Lumesmart Inc. base on the vision Making Peace by Saving Nature from Effects of Global Warming in 2013.
Shohreh is a Proud Recipient of the Iranian Women Organization of Ontario (IWOO) of Science/ Technology/ Innovator Award in 2017. She is a board director and leader of women committee at Canada China Trade Innovation Alliance (CCTIA). She was selectively chosen as the Business Ambassador of Richmond Hill.

Afsaneh Vakilian

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, three years of Canadian experience as a manager, as well as five years of financial management experience at a non-profit organization.

Dory Noorafkan

Dory has been in the world of health, wellness and fitness since 2007, and teaching mindfulness practices since 2015. Her formal education includes post-secondary studies in Anthropology and Psychology (BAH) and her Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Behavior (MBA). She is E-RYT certified from Yoga Alliance International, over 1000 hours of training in Functional movement, Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation. She owns her own fitness and wellness facility.

Dory inspires to help people develop better physical wellbeing that could translate into healthier mindset & Lifestyle providing support and guidance to create a safe space for growth, awareness and self-compassion. Dory’s values are aligned with IWOO’s goals to provide support and raise the social, economic and educational status of women in her community. 

Saeedeh Niktab Etaati

Saeedeh has two master’s degrees, one in Art Studies from the University of Tehran, and the other in Folklore (Ethnology) from Memorial University, Canada.
Currently she works at the Aga Khan Museum as an educator and also she works as a partial-load academic professor in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Humber College.

Also, she acted as Program Coordinator at IWOO to complete a government-funded program called the Iranian-Indigenous Integration Project.
Saeedeh has extensive experience in planning, organizing, and managing educational programs and projects.

Atessa Hooshvar

Ateesa studied Mathematics at University of Tehran, worked at IMI (industrial management institute) and after migration to Canada worked as IT specialist in different positions. Later she received her master degree in clinical psychology and is getting ready for board exams.
Her passion is supporting and strengthening the individuals, especially women and children.

She is supporting the Hooshvar Foundation that utilizes folk arts and oral culture for well being of individuals and communities.

Parvin Haghgosha

Parvin has Bachelor of Commerce and Master’s Degree in Economics from Iran.
She is currently a registered energy advisor to secure Canada a greener future. She was an insurance accountant manager here and also, had experience as a senior mortgage and loans officer in Iran. Parvin is looking forward to being a board member of IWOO to use her experience for the better good of this organization and the people in it.

Nushin Beheshti

Nushin has Bachelor of Science and Master of Executive management from Iran.
Currently she works as a Professor at the Seneca College and Centennial college and teaches
Data Scientist.
Also, she is working as a volunteer with IWOO in the field of supporting old adult and put class for community.
She has more than 20 years of teaching experience in various computer topics and active in the field of education of civil software.

Lida Bidar Marandi

Lida has Bachelor of Arts in English Translation from Iran and studied Assaulted Women’s & Children’s Counselor/Advocate Program in the George Brown College.
She is currently full time Front-Line counsellor in Sandgate Women’s Shelter and BA Housers Psychology student in the York university and Mental Health and Addiction worker in the Centennial Collage.

She is very passionate about empowering and supporting women and children to attain a dignified and more fulfilling life.

Elena Metersir

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

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