Jaffari Facilities and Management Committee

JCC Muharram 1441 AH (2019) Overview –Safety and Security Enhancement

Above Photos: Some of our parking volunteers

Muharram 1441 planning by all the groups at our centres begins well in advance and involves various volunteers.

Volunteer groups along with the Secretariat work with tools provided by the Board of Directors and work tirelessly to ensure no stone is left unturned to prepare for the azadari during the mourning period of Muharram and Safar.

The Imam Zamana Safety and Security Initiative was launched to ensure all attending azadari would experience a total secure and safe environment.

Since initiation of this project, detailed planning for Muharram especially the first 12 days was undertaken with involvement from all key stakeholders including the Ladies Committee under the leadership of our Chairlady, JIY, JVC, Parking, AV, Mukhi team, JFMC, Security team, our Neighbourhood watch, Secretariat & BOD worked collectively in execution and with the support of the attendees. Similarly, private security and York Regional Police provided services to the high standards in addition to the many security layers at all our Centres.

Alhamdulillah, the Safety and Security was enhanced with ‘low risk’ security threats recorded. However, we continue to remain vigilant at all times by having all our teams in place.

Sr. Berak Hussein, a community wellness and mental health trainer of Ottawa, shared her experience in participating in azadari at the Jaffari Community Centre.

‘I Can only imagine the sheer magnitude of how much thought, planning, time and organization had gone into making sure that the Muharram programs run as smoothly as they look impressive Mashallah.  I can only imagine the meetings, time and effort from all involved to ensure that all aspects from parking, security, food, traffic flow, speakers, majalis, volunteers, cleanliness, etc. were thought of in detail and managed to ensure an amazing Muharram season with so many community members in attendance.  Mashallah the efforts of this planning shows beautifully.  Shukraan jazilaan to all who were involved who no doubt took time from their work, family and personal life to realize this all. When I came to the JCC for the Muharram 2019 programs I was amazed by the many things put in place to ensure the running of a smooth and successful program especially considering the size of the attendees who come to the JCC.

One of the aspects was the high security set in place to ensure the safety of the center’s attendees. I was surprised at first when I saw the female security guards at all of the designated ladies’ entrances then remembered the world that we are living in and the need for such security measures in light of recent mosque attacks in different parts of the world including locally. The security guard was courteous, friendly and thorough in checking our purses and our clothing.

It is sad that we have to put these measures in place but it is much safer knowing that it is implemented to prevent acts of atrocities God forbid.  I was also stopped by a volunteer on the outside of the center to not record when she saw me trying to record a clip.  I was explained that this is not allowed as a means to manage security. Again I appreciated the reasons behind the request considering the safety of the community and the risks but saddened at the same time as the JCC is a source of pride that one would want to share with people to see how successful organized Muslims can accomplish Mashallah’.

A community can only be successful by the support of it’s participants and membership. We wish to thank Allah and all our community members for the opportunity to serve as the servant of the Imam of the time (ajtf). Please forward all your concerns and feedback to [email protected] and this way we can keep on improving in our deliverance and services.

JCC Parking Regulations for Muharram

Please refer to the slides below for regulations on entering and exiting the Jaffari Community Centre, carpooling and congestion and other general regulations.

Jaffari Community Centre: Side Walk Rehabilitation

During the summer period, after extensive study and vetting process, JFMB in coordination with the EC and DOO made some much needed upgrades to the sidewalks at the Jaffari community Centre. Many areas of the sidewalk had buckled up, or exhibited big cracks and water proofing damage which was causing water leaks to the lower level. It had become a safety issue for the membership and guests, especially during winter periods. All the damaged areas were replaced with new 6 inch reinforced concrete and slopped away from the building. This project was completed in period of two months. Our sincere thank you to DOO/JFMB members  who worked hard to get this done and also the many JCC users who were impacted, and accommodated the Project Team, of any inconveniences caused during the construction period.

Jaffari Community Centre: Energy-Saving LED Lighting Systems

After an extensive study and evaluation of our exterior hydro consumption, Alectra Utility awarded a partial grant to JCC for the replacement of all exterior lighting to LED. JFMB (Jaffari Facilities & Management Board) working in tandem with DOO (Director of Operations), replaced all our exterior electrical fixtures to new energy efficient LED which consumes less than 50% energy of previous halogen-based fixtures. This has lead to a decrease in energy consumption thereby providing cost savings for JCC. The new LED lights have increased the lighting coverage especially around the temporary parking areas thus reducing our dependency on temporary generators. Due to a higher illumination level, the dome looks like an architectural marvel as envisaged by our original design intent thus showcasing Masjide Ghadeer and enhancing Islamic value in the city of Vaughan.

1400 years later, we are still able to maintain the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad (Saww) in our Centre by looking at the following historical event of Ghadeer:
The Prophet [s] held up the hand of ‘Ali and said: “For whoever I am his Leader (mawla), ‘Ali is his Leader (mawla).”

Contact Information

 

Email: [email protected]

About Us

The Executive Committee of I.S.I.J. Toronto decided to form a Board to manage the facilities and to recommend and implement operating procedures and systems to ensure efficient and smooth operation of functions held at the Jaffari Community Centre.

The JFMB’s mission is to recommend and direct the implementation of operational functions and promote best practices to be executed by the Director of Operations and the Executive Committee of ISIJ.

The goal of the JMFB is to enable the facilities to be managed and utilized in an efficient and fair manner while prioritizing the social and economic benefit of the community.

Board Members 2017-18

Br. Khalil Champsi
Chairman
Br. Mehbub Manek
Vice Chairman
Br. Zuhair Karim
Secretary/Electrical and Controls
Br. Ali Khalfan
Safety & Security Infrastructure
Br. Mustafa Alidina
Secretary/Safety & Security Infrastructure
Br. Mohamed Raza Huda
Cleaning and General Duties
Br. Mohamedali Rashid
Building Maintenance
Br. Reza Ilkhani
HVAC & Rotary Equipment
Sr. Nabila Alibhai
HVAC & Rotary Equipment
Br. Mehboob Datoo
Cleaning and General Duties
Br. Ali Jawad Jeraj
Building maintenance & Exterior works
Br. Sikander Kara
Building maintenance & Exterior works
Syed Raza Jafri
Building Envelope and Infrastructure maintenance 
Tahir Jaffer
Electrical Installation