Jaffari Support Services


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.


|Upcoming Events

Heart to Heart Support Group

Are you or someone you know suffering cancer? The Heart to Heart group can provide support, conversation and advice in a strictly confidential, non-judgemental and intimate setting. 

The group runs for 6 consecutive Tuesdays, starting on February 20th at 7.30pm-9.00pm and will be held in a private setting inside JCC. There is no attendance fee. Register HERE

Don’t suffer in silence. You may be the light that someone needs.

*Confidentiality is our primary concern and by registering using the above link you agree to be bound by the privacy rules & regulations of the Heart to Heart group.

**Please note, the speaker sessions will be followed by a confidential group setting open only to those directly affected by cancer.

|Board Members:

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. , Registered Psychotherapist (RP)

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 psycho-social services coordinator.

Email address: [email protected]

Saba M.S Nazari – MA, Counsellor, OACCPP (G)

Saba has been offering individual, couple 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.

Saba JSS Cell: (647) 539-0050

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

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.jaffari.org/jss




1) Children’s Aid Society of York Region
1 -800-718-3850

2) Kids Help Phone
Trained counselors for kids who need help or hope (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
1- 800-668-6868

1) Violence against women (M)
416- 968-3422

2) Canadian Council of Muslim Women (Resources from different organizations)

3) Muslim Women’s Chatline (M)
1- 888-315-6472

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
– 416-948-6682

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

    416-310-CCAC (2222)
10) Exercise and Fall Prevention Classes (Age 65+)
      To find a free class in your area, call 1-888-910-1999 or TTY 1-800-387-5559
11) Transportation Services for Seniors
       visit www.211ontario.ca
12) Finding a Family Doctor or Nurse Practitioner
13) TeleHealth Ontario
       Access to a Registered Nurse, 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week
       Call 1-866-797-0000 or TTY 1-866-797-0007
14) Heart and Stroke Foundation
15) Canadian Mental Health Association
16) Anxiety BC

|Welfare Team

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

Sr. Saba Nazari                                                                 Frontline Member

|The Special Needs Support Network

The Special Needs Support Network (SNSN) is a sub-group of the Jaffari Support Services (JSS).

We are a group of volunteers dedicated to integrating children, youth, and adults with special needs

both within and beyond the Jaffari community. For more information CLICK HERE


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|Jaffari Support Services Presentations


Mental Health Presentation JSS Dec 2016

JSS CAP Dec 2016 FINAL Supporting Family Member with mental illness

Stress Management

Depression Talk





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