Jaffari Support Services (JSS) is a subcommittee of the ISIJ of Toronto that is committed to enhancing the social fabric of our community through educational workshops and professional counseling services.
JSS is made up of professionally trained counselors, psychotherapist, and volunteers committed to helping individuals and families dealing with domestic issues, matrimonial issues, substance use, child services, physical and sexual issues
We also have a dedicated team who focuses on educational services, through workshops and seminars on topics such as Children, Educational, and Schooling adjustment issues, Birds and Bees Seminar, Stress Management and Marriage PREP® workshops
We are here to help you, so please contact us. All information is kept confidential.
Marzia Hassan – Chairperson
Marzia Habib-Hassan (LLB, MSW, RSW) is one of the founding members of Jaffari Support Services and has served as Chairperson of the Board for the last three years.
Marzia works as a social worker and relationship consultant with individuals, couples, and families. After obtaining her masters in social work, she started Family Connections International, a private counseling, and psychotherapy practice based in Toronto and online. When she is not pursuing her passion of coaching families and individuals on building better relationships, Marzia also serves on the board of directors for various NGOs, including International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF) and Habib University Foundation.
Marzia has facilitated various marriage relationship, parenting, self-development workshops and spiritual learning groups for youth and adults all over the world, including Canada, US, UK, and Pakistan. She leads various Quran Study Circles in Toronto for youth and adults, and speaks on spirituality and social issues in various forums across North America. She has appeared on AhlulBayt TV both in the UK and Canada.
In 2013, Marzia was honored with the Canadian House of Commons award for Outstanding Volunteer Achievement in recognition of her contributions to various minority communities in Toronto, in the fields of family strengthening and women’s empowerment.
Sakina Qasim Hussain Rizvi –Ph.D. (Candidate), Registered Psychotherapist
Sakina has been in her supervised private practice since 2001. She incorporates Psycho-social issues and client need specific therapies into her professional practice while using an eclectic approach. She is regularly involved in continuing professional development. She also facilitates groups, workshops and has had presentations on various Psycho-social issues for community awareness purposes. Sakina is serving the ISIJ-Jaffari Support Services (JSS) as a consultant and psychosocial services coordinator.
Saba Nazari – Counselor
Saba has been offering individual and group therapy sessions since 2010. She has dealt with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship and emotional issues, and trauma of sexual abuse while working at Saint Paul Counselling Center. Additionally, utilizing her experience from Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, she is capable of conducting group therapy sessions. Saba holds a master of arts in counseling, psychotherapy and spirituality from University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University (joint program) and a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.
Saba can offer counseling sessions in English and Farsi.
Email address: [email protected]
Naqiya Abdulrasul- Secretary
Naqiya was brought up in England and has a Bachelors in Business and Sociology. She is a wife and a mother of two children. She moved to Toronto in 1998 after marriage.
She works as a Finance and Reconciliation Officer for the Provincial Government and has worked for the provincial government for the past 15 years.
She has been part of the Jaffari Support Services since its inception approximately 7 years ago as the role of the Secretary. She is also part of other committees at the Jaffari Community Centre. She got involved for the sole purpose of wanting to give back to her community.
Fatim Kamalia– Treasurer
Fatim has been the treasurer for Jaffari Support Services for the last three years. She is a mother of 4, Certified General Accountant and auditor by profession. In 2013, she received the volunteer achievement award.
Aliya Dharamshi– Board Member
Aliya was born and raised in Canada. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology and Health studies from the University of Toronto in 2006. She went on to pursue a career in Dental Hygiene and received her diploma from George Brown College in 2012. She has volunteered in many different capacities, including a recent dental mission to Cambodia. She has been a part of Jaffari Support Services since its inception and she enjoys volunteering in any capacity.
Phone: (905) 695-1579
Cell: (647) 298-1556
1) Children’s Aid Society of York Region
2) Kids Help Phone
Trained counselors for kids who need help or hope (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
1) Violence against women (M)
2) Canadian Council of Muslim Women (Resources from different organizations)
3) Muslim Women’s Chatline (M)
4) Interval House (Women and children who are facing abuse)
(Men/Women/Children/Seniors & Anyone)
1) Find programs and services in your area
2) Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
3) Ontario Problem Gambling Online
2) National Eating Disorder
3) Mental Health Helpline
4) Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold Shelter
5) Parents for Children’s Mental Health York region
6) Street Outreach York Region
– Van that has food, clothes and sleeping bags ( also provides resources to help with other problems)
7) Drug and Alcohol Helpline
8) Muslim Welfare Center (Halal food and delivery )
9) Accessing Homecare Services for Seniors
Br. Hussein Dharsi Chair [email protected]
Br. Murtaza Mohamedtaki Committee Member
Sr. Fatim Kamalia Committee Member
Sr. Naqiya Abdulrasul EC Representative
Sr. Sakina Qasim Frontline Member
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